Witches, prepare thyselves. The trailer for Disney's Hocus Pocus 2 just dropped, which means the Sanderson sisters are officially back to wreak havoc on the residents of Salem. The original movie, Hocus Pocus, became an instant staple of Halloween marathons when it arrived in 1993. It follows three witches, Winifred, (Bette Midler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker), and Mary Sanderson (Kathy Najimy), who were killed during the Salem Witch Trials. One Halloween night, though, a teenage boy, Max (Omri Katz) lights a candle that brings the witches back from the dead. Along with the help of his sister, Dani (Thora Birch), and a talking cat, they successfully manage to destroy the Sanderson witches once again. But now, with the long-anticipated sequel finally coming to Disney Plus soon, the Sandersons are back for revenge.
Read on for everything we know about Hocus Pocus 2 so far.
The Hocus Pocus sequel is coming to Disney Plus on September 30, 2022.
In the trailer, Disney revealed that the movie will be available to stream on September 30, 2022. It's releasing on Disney Plus, rather than in theaters. So you'll be able to do a double feature of the new one along with the original, thank Satan.
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) June 28, 2022
The original Hocus Pocus cast is returning.
Midler, Parker, and Najimy are all making their comebacks for Hocus Pocus 2. The trailer also showcased three new characters. According to IMDb, that's Becca, played by Gossip Girl's Whitney Peak; Cassie, played by Lilia Buckingham; and Izzy, played by Belissa Escobedo.
They will be joined by Ted Lasso's Hannah Waddingham (in an undisclosed role), Veep's Sam Richardson as Gilbert, and Veep's Tony Hale, who is playing Mayor Traske. In an interview with Variety, Hale said he's actually playing two different characters: an "evil reverend" and the mayor. Rounding out the cast is Doug Jones, returning as Billy Butcherson, and three Drag Race queens: Kornbread Jeté, Ginger Minj, and Kahmora Hall. They each will, apparently, play a drag version of the three witches.
The original movie was directed by Kenny Ortega, but Hocus Pocus 2's director is Anne Fletcher, who previously helmed Step Up, 27 Dresses, and The Proposal. It's written by Jen D'Angelo.
The Hocus Pocus sequel plot remains a mystery for now.
The first trailer, which arrived on June 28, gives fans a sneak peek at what's to come in Hocus Pocus 2. It begins eerily, with ominous music and a bird flying over a dark body of water. Three teen girls are introduced, and we learn that it's one of their 16th birthdays. Meanwhile, the trailer cuts to Richardson's character telling the girls that, legend has it, witches get their powers at age 16.
Of course, this means two of the girls start performing some kind of ritual—in a cemetery, no less. As they're chanting, the trailer flashes to something Hocus Pocus fans will recognize quite well: Winifred's beloved book of spells, opening its creepy singular eye (duh-duh-duhhh). Then, boom: The black flame candle—at least, something that looks like the very one that brought the witches back from the dead in the original movie—lights up.
This is where the trailer gets exciting. The ground of the cemetery quite literally splits open, just before we get a glimpse of the three witches in all their glory. As they flash on the screen, we hear the voice of Winifred, calling out, "Lock up your children, Salem. We’re back!"
Watch the Hocus Pocus sequel trailer.
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