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Amuck, amuck, amuck! Something wicked this way comes in the form of a “Hocus Pocus” sequel. That’s right, the Sanderson sisters are officially reuniting! The second film was first reported back in 2019, and Disney+ eventually confirmed the movie in May when it announced the tentative release date. Original stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are back, and Disney+’s first-look poster shows them in the same witchy outfits the Sanderson sisters wore in 1993. It’s spooky how they look exactly the same! After all, the original film ended with the Sanderson sisters turning to dust. As filming for the second film kicks off in Rhode Island, read ahead for all the details we have.
Hocus Pocus 2 Cast
In addition to Midler, Parker, and Najimy returning as the Sanderson sisters, it’s believed that Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl”), Lilia Buckingham (“Zoe Valentine”), Sam Richardson (“Veep”), Froy Gutierrez (“Cruel Summer”), Tony Hale (“Arrested Development”), Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Belissa Escobedo, Juju Brener, Taylor Henderson, and Nina Kitchen will be joining the cast as new characters, Disney confirmed. Doug Jones is also reprising his role as Billy Butcherson. Entertainment Weekly confirmed that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Ginger Minj will join the sequel as a drag version of Midler’s character Winifred Sanderson, though Disney has not commented on the casting news.
The black flame candle is alight to the Sanderson sisters’ delight.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, & Kathy Najimy shall soon return.
Joined by new faces which you soon will learn.
— Disney+ (@disneyplus) October 31, 2021
Hocus Pocus 2 Plot
According to Disney+’s official synopsis from May, the sequel picks up 29 years after the first movie as “three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.” Disney+ revealed on Nov. 1 that the three young women will be Becca (Peak), Cassie (Buckingham), and Izzy (Escobedo).
Hocus Pocus 2 Location
The 1993 cult classic famously takes place in Salem, MA, but thanks to several locals who caught glimpses of production, we now know that the sequel is set in Rhode Island. Rhode Island Governor Daniel J. McKee confirmed the news in a statement that read: “On behalf of Rhode Island, I am proud and honored that again our beautiful state, with its unique scenery, landscapes and local talent, will be the backdrop for a major motion picture. Film and TV productions such as “Hocus Pocus 2″ have positive impacts on our businesses and move our economy in the right direction.”
Hocus Pocus 2 Release Date
The film is slated to hit Disney+ on Halloween this year. Production began in fall of 2021.