Fans’ favourite witches are finally returning after 29 years. The much-awaited and highly anticipated film, Hocus Pocus sequel is finally releasing this week. Ahead of its release, here are a few things to know. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are set to reprise their roles as the iconic Sanderson sisters, preying on the lives of children to restore their youth.
Hocus Pocus 2 Cast
The Hocus Pocus sequel will be giving fans some backstory on the sisters played by Midler, Parker, and Najimy. Alongside three witches, a mysterious older witch, played by Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham will also be in the sequel. Doug Jones will be reprising his role as zombie Billy Butcherson. Veep star Sam Richardson as the owner of the Olde Salem Magic Shoppe, the former home of the Sanderson Sisters.
Hocus Pocus 2 also stars Whitney Peak (Gossip Girl) as Becca, Lilia Buckingham (Dirt) as Cassie Trask, and Belissa Escobedo (American Horror Stories) as Izzy, the tritagonists who bring the Sanderson sisters back in all their spellbinding spookiness.
Hocus Pocus 2 Plot
The sequel is set 29 years after Max Dennison lit the Black Flame Candle, three young women accidentally bring back the wrathful witches from the 1600s to modern-day Salem. With the ravenous Sanderson sisters seeking revenge, the high school students must stop the child-essence-stealing sorceresses from wreaking havoc before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.
In a previous interview with ET, director Anne Fletcher shared details about the upcoming film. Fletcher revealed that the sequel’s opening sequence will explore the sisters’ origins in the 1600s. Moreover, the opening sequence will feature child actors Taylor Henderson, Juju Journey Brener, and Nina Kitchen as younger versions of Winifred, Sarah and Mary. The sequence will also feature a young Billy Butcherson (Doug Jones), years before he became Winifred’s lover.
Fletcher also added there will be, ‘some wonderful surprises in the mythology’ of the sisters while confirming, ‘they’re not witches in the beginning.’ The opening sequence showcasing their origins will also mirror three modern-day teenagers in Salem, played by Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, and Lilia Buckingham, who ultimately bring the sisters back to life.
When and Where To Watch Hocus Pocus 2
As a part of Disney+’s Hallowstream celebration, Hocus Pocus 2 will stream exclusively on Disney+ from September 30, 2022. There will not be a theatrical release. However, if you have watched the original 1993 film starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy yet, then Hocus Pocus is available to stream now on Disney+.
Hocus Pocus 2 Trailer