Hocus Pocus 2 Release Date, Cast, and Everything We Know So Far

Autumn leaves, chilly gloom, and autumn-scented candles are about to fill the air, along with a little witch magic, the spirit of Halloween, and a black candle flame, summoning the spookiest sequel in September. : “Hocus Pocus 2”. The Sanderson sisters will return in this long-awaited sequel along with some new faces.

The film is directed by Anne Fletcher (“Dumplin,” “The Proposal”) and produced by Lynn Harris (“King Richard,” “The Shallows”), with Ralph Winter (“Hocus Pocus,” “X-Men” franchise) , David Kirschner (“Hocus Pocus,” “Chucky”) and Adam Shankman (“Disenchanted,” “Hairspray”) serve as executive producers.

With late September and early October right around the corner, it’s time to get going for a magical movie that’s been 30 years in the making. Below we have compiled everything we know about “Hocus Pocus 2”.

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The Sanderson sisters will return to Salem

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will reprise their original roles as Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson, the trio of witch sisters summoned to Salem for the second time after Max Dennison (Omri Katz) lights the Black Flame Candle. all those years. behind.

“Hocus Pocus 2” premieres directly on Disney+

Unlike the theatrical release of the first film, “Hocus Pocus 2” will premiere exclusively on Disney+ for streaming on September 30, just in time to kick off Spooky Season. It will not be shown in theaters.

It’s been 29 years…

According to Disney’s official synopsis, “It has been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and was resurrected at 17the-sisters of the century, and seek revenge. Now it’s up to three high school students to stop ravenous witches from causing a new kind of chaos in Salem before dawn on All Hallows’ Eve.”

There is a new trio of children at the center of the story.

Once again, Winifred (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary (Kathy Najimy) have magically returned on Halloween thanks to a Black Flame candle lit by a Salem resident. This time, a young woman named Becca (Whitney Peak) is the culprit. Becca approaches her 16th birthday, which, according to magic shop owner Gilbert (Sam Richardson), is the marker for the age at which new witches receive their powers from her.

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In the 1993 film, the Sanderson sisters are brought back to life after their execution in 1693 with the help of a young man named Max Dennison (Omri Katz) who has just moved to Salem from Los Angeles, California. In that movie, Max was not a witch, but a virgin who lit the candle and summoned her return 300 years later.

Hannah Waddingham and Sam Richardson play new characters

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Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso,” “Sex Education”) dives into the sequel film alongside “Ted Lasso” Season 2 co-star Sam Richardson (“The Afterparty”) with more franchise newcomers Whitney Peak (” Gossip Girl”) Belissa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories”), Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt”), Froyan Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”) and Tony Hale (“Veep”).

Waddingham has a key role in “Hocus Pocus 2,” playing a mysterious witch tied to the past of the Sanderson sisters. Meanwhile, Richardson plays the man who runs the gift shop at the Sanderson sisters’ former home.

Becca (Whitney Peak) could be a real witch

This new young heroine could be a true mistress of magic this time opposite Dani Dennison (Thora Birch) who is posing as a fake witch in the original “Hocus Pocus.”

The first image of 'Hocus Pocus 2' reunites the Sanderson sisters

“On her 16th birthday, her 16th Halloween, a young woman, as the story progresses through her time frame on this Halloween night, she finds out that she’s a white witch and it’s kind of good versus evil. executive producer David Kirschner told TheWrap. Kirschner also wrote and produced the original 1993 “Hocus Pocus.”

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Two trailers have been released so far:

In the first trailer released for the sequel on September 30, Becca (Peak) and her friend Izzy (Escobedo) plan to have a scary movie marathon on the night of Becca’s birthday, which also happens to be Halloween. A trip to Gilbert’s Magic Shoppe changes that, hinting that Becca might be more than just a teenager celebrating her sweet sixteen.

“You know, legend has it that it’s on the sixteenth birthday that a witch gets her powers,” Gilbert (Richardson) tells Izzy and Becca.

The tricky trio of witches is summoned by Becca and Izzy on Halloween night in the woods, when they light the black-flame candle. The smoky silhouettes of the Sanderson sisters tighten at the end of the trailer, with Winifred gleefully saying, “Lock up your children! Yes. Salem, we are back!” A full look at the original trio of witches follows this first trailer after the release date announcement.

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The second trailer fills in a few more gaps, giving us a glimpse of Hannah Waddingham’s character, as well as an explanation of where the two young women got the black flame candle in the first place. Gilbert gave it to his “favorite and frequent” customers as birthday presents. Before Gilbert gives the girls the candle, Hannah Waddingham’s bird lady visits the younger versions of Winifred (Taylor Henderson), Sarah (Juju Journey Brener), and Mary (Nina Kitchen) to wish them a happy sixteenth birthday. and gift them that creepy book with an eyeball on it. like the keyhole. “They were right to fear you,” she says. “Magic has a way of binding.” The sequel will take us back to the Sandersons’ adolescence before transporting us 370 years into the future: the time of Becca and Izzy.

A black Binx-style cat lurks in Gilbert’s store

Thackery Binx (Sean Murray) accompanied his sister Emily to her home in the afterlife once he was released from his prison from the body of a black cat, in which Winifred trapped him. When he interfered in his sister’s death at the hands of witches, Winifred transformed him into a cat, and the spell lasted even after the sisters were hanged, for he made Thackery immortal. While Binx hasn’t returned for “Hocus Pocus 2,” there is another cat…

Billy Butcherson (Doug Jones) will also return

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And at the end of the second official trailer, Billy Butcherson is also resurrected. Gilbert, to his gasp of horror, digs him up, freeing him to crawl out from under the graveyard in which he was buried.

“Stop, I’m a good zombie,” Butcherson replies as Gilbert runs off with his shovel.

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Jones played Billy Butcherson in “Hocus Pocus,” a former lover of Winifred Sanderson (Midler) and Sarah Sanderson (Parker). He was caught cheating on the former with the latter.

Max, Dani and Allison are not coming back

The original trio of Max (Omri Katz), Dani (Thora Birch), and Allison (Vinessa Shaw) won’t be returning for the sequel, but they’re excited nonetheless.

“I know that he [sequel] it was made for the fans, and I know everyone’s intention is for everyone to have a good time watching the movie,” Birch told TheWrap. “So I’m excited for them. And I’ll be happy to watch.”

“Hocus Pocus 2” casts a spell on Disney+ starting September 30, 2022.

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