We detect a new “Hocus Pocus” film in the works! Hocus Pocus 2″ will be released on Disney+ on September 30, 2022, just in time for Halloween.
Some cast members from the original 1993 film will return for the sequel, including the trio who plays the Sanderson sisters (because let's face it, they are the movie).
Others have moved on, with new cast members filling in to advance the plot. Omri Katz's Max Dennison, Vinessa Shaw's Allison, and James Marsden's cat Thackery Binx, for example, are not expected to appear in the sequel.
However, there is still a possibility of surprise. Katz was cryptic about the sequel during an interview with the Hocus Pocus Collector at '90s Con.
“Obviously, people are frustrated that we aren't involved… But I could be mistaken. We're all in this together! No, perhaps we aren't. Perhaps we are!” Katz stated. Since “Hocus Pocus 2” brings back so many memories, let's meet up with the original cast members and see where they are now.
Bette Midler in the Role of Winifred Sanderson
Try to recall Hocus Pocus without hearing Midler's gleefully exclaiming, “Sisters!” In the cult smash, the renowned actress gave one of the most unforgettable performances of her career, with hundreds of admirers still dressing up as her Winifred for Halloween every year.
Midler now has one of the most successful careers of the group, having won four Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, one Tony Award, and three Emmys in the years since.
Midler, along with the Sanderson sisters Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, will return for Hocus Pocus 2, the trailer for which was released in June.
Sarah Jessica Parker in the Role of Sarah Sanderson
The City and a Pre-Sex Parker stole the show with her airhead Sarah, whose voice entices children out of their beds in the middle of the night near the end of the film.
The “most beautiful” sister went on to star in Sex and the City five years after the film's debut and has since had a constant streak of success in TV, movies, and theatre, most recently with the SATC remake And Just Like That… and the Broadway play Plaza Suite (which costarred her husband, Matthew Broderick).
Mary Sanderson is Played by Kathy Najimy
If Sarah was the most beautiful Sanderson sister, Mary was the sweetest — and most amusing. Najimy's twisted-mouthed, almost shy performance as the sister forced to soar around on a vacuum cleaner remains a standout.
Never forget her “Buh-bye” when the sisters explode in the air as the sun shines. Najimy's resume after Hocus Pocus is far too long to detail, demonstrating her meteoric rise since her witch days. She had a recent recurrent role on Veep and played Peggy on King of the Hill for over a decade.
Max is Played by Omri Katz
The virgin who ignited the black candle and started the festivities. The film's anchor is Katz's wide-eyed Max, who would do anything to protect his tiny sister Dani. In the end, he even got the girl!
Katz went on to star in Dallas and the corresponding TV movie but has lately retired from performing.
Dani is Played by Thora Birch
With Max as the film's anchor, Dani is unquestionably at its core. Birch tugged at the heartstrings as Dani, the obnoxious little sister who transforms into everyone's favourite and sassiest character.
She's the one the Sanderson sisters want in the end, and Max wasn't about to let history repeat itself. Birch continues to work consistently, with two films just completed and a long list of others on her portfolio. Her most noteworthy performance following Hocus Pocus was in American Beauty in 1999.
Allison is Played by Vinessa Shaw
It wouldn't be a '90s film without a local school beauty who falls for the new guy in town. Shaw sets out with Max and Dani to rid the community of the Sanderson sisters once and for all, forging a strong friendship with both along the way.
Shaw, like Birch, has been steadily working since the 1993 film and has recently appeared in other films. She appeared on Ray Donovan in 2014 and in Vegas in 2013.
Billy Butcherson is Played by Doug Jones
The night is saved by the mummy! Jones' mostly silent performance as Sarah's ex-boyfriend, whom they resurrect, is the most sympathetic, given that he swapped sides in the end before returning to his grave and going back to sleep.
Jones, who has the most credits to his name, recently received accolades for his part as the fish in the Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water. The actor is a close associate of Guillermo del Toro and is responsible for some of the most famous changes on screen.
Larry Bagby as Ernie a.k.a. Ice
It's simply not a '90s movie without dumb bullies, and Bagby's Ernie fills the bill brilliantly. Ice, his street name, was even shaved on the back of his head. Classic.
Bagby progressed from being a bully to appearing in shows such as Saved by the Bell, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The Young and the Restless, as well as Ray Donovan and, most recently, 9-1-1.
Jay is Played by Tobias Jelinek
Ernie's sidekick isn't as recognisable because he doesn't have his name shaved into his skull, but he still serves as great humour near the climax of the film when they find themselves confined in cages.
Jelinek is a TV actor who has recently been in American Woman, Arrow, Baskets, and the first season of Stranger Things.