Sanderson's sisters have returned for another adventure! Disney+ returns to Salem over 30 years after the first Hocus Pocus was released with a sequel. The first film was a box office failure, costing Disney around $16.5 million.
The movie has become a cult favorite, and its sales and streaming statistics soar every October due to its enduring popularity. Hocus Pocus 2 will be directed by Anne Fletcher (The Proposal), with a script by Jen D'Angelo (Workaholics).
Because he had to concentrate on the sequel to Enchanted, Disenchanted, Adam Shankman had to drop out of the director's chair. Hocus Pocus author David Kirschner was also retained as a producer along with Lynn Harris and Steven Haft of The 5th Wave and David Kirschner of Hocus Pocus.
John Debner, who composed the previous film's soundtrack, will also return as composer for the sequel. Many of the original cast and crew members have agreed to return for the sequel, which is scheduled to begin production in October 2021.
A few months after filming finished, the decision was taken to re-shoot several sequences in June 2022, owing to negative feedback from test screenings. So get out the pumpkin spice lattes and the fragrant candles because this post will be your one-stop shop for all things Hocus Pocus 2.
Hocus Pocus 2: What's the Story?
When we last saw the Sanderson Sisters, they turned into dust as the sun rose beyond the horizon. It was as though Thanos had suddenly snapped his fingers in 1993. Nevertheless, when the movie came to a close, the famed book opened its eye again, suggesting they may make a comeback sometime in the future.
Becca (Whitney Peak), Cassie (Lilia Buckingham), and Izzy (Belissa Escobedo), three high school friends, mistakenly call the Sanderson sisters during a fun witchy rite on Becca's 16th birthday. They need to work together to find a solution to end the sisters' antics. This takes place 29 years after the events of Hocus Pocus.
What is the Release Date of Hocus Pocus 2?
Beginning on September 30, 2022, Hocus Pocus 2 will be made accessible to stream digitally for the first time only on Disney+.
When the summer has just started, it's hard to envisage cooler weather with crunchy leaves underfoot and the Sanderson sisters making their way downtown (in Salem). Still, for those who put a lot of stock on Halloween, September 30 can't arrive fast enough.
Does Hocus Pocus 2 Have a Trailer?
Yes! On June 26, 2022, Disney distributed a teaser trailer for the upcoming Hocus Pocus sequel. Take a look at it here:
Who Will Be Starring in the Sequel to Hocus Pocus?
Betsy Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker will all reprise their roles as Winnifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson, respectively, from “The First Wives Club,” “Veep,” and “And Just Like That…” In addition, Doug Jones (The Shape of Water) will reprise his role as Billy Butcherson, Winnifred's zombified ex-boyfriend.
In addition to Home Before Dark and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, actress Whitney Peak, who plays the central character Becca, has been in several other creepy productions. Belissa Escobedo, a veteran of American Horror Stories, will portray Becca's closest friend, Izzy, while Lillia Buckingham, best known for her performance in Crown Lake, will play their buddy, Cassie.
The character known only as “The Witch” has joined the cast of Hocus Pocus 2. Whoever this mystery new figure is will be played by Hannah Waddingham, best known for her appearances in S*x Education and Ted Lasso. In addition, Sam Richardson and Tony Hale, who both appeared in Veep, will portray characters in “The Olde Salem Magic Shoppe,” Gilbert (the shop's owner) and Jefry Trask (the mayor of Salem).
Due to schedule difficulties with Netflix's impending Wednesday, Thora Birch, who portrayed Dani Dennison in the first Hocus Pocus, has already indicated she would not participate in the sequel. If Omri Katz and Vanessa Shaw, the actors who played Dani's elder brother Max and Allison, respectively, return for Hocus Pocus 2, we'll have to wait and see.
The human and cat versions of Thackery Binx, played by Sean Murray and Jason Marsden, will not return for the sequel. As far as we know, there's no word on whether or not the black cat from the trailer will talk and who will voice it if it does.
On a lighter side, the Sanderson sisters are said to meet drag queen versions of themselves. You can count on a hilarious performance when RuPaul's Drag Race's Ginger Minj, Kornbread Jeté, and Kahmora Hall show up to make an impression on the Sanderson sisters.