November 1, 2021
Disney+ announced that production had begun Nov. 1 on the live-action comedy Hocus Pocus 2, with the film on track to debut exclusively on the streaming service in Fall 2022.
The sequel to Disney’s perennial 1993 Halloween-season favorite Hocus Pocus features the return of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as Winifred, Sarah and Mary, the delightfully wicked Sanderson sisters, a 17th century coven resurrected in modern times. Doug Jones also returns as Billy Butcherson.
Picking up 29 years later, Hocus Pocus 2 finds the Sanderson sisters resurrected once again in present-day Salem, and it’s up to three high-school students — Whitney Peak as Becca, Lilia Buckingham as Cassie, and Belissa Escobedo as Izzy — to figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc.
Rounding out the cast are Emmy winners Hannah Waddingham (“Ted Lasso”), Tony Hale (“Veep,” “Arrested Development”), Sam Richardson (“The Tomorrow War,” “Good Boys”), Juju Brener (“Vanquish”), Froy Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen.
“I am beyond thrilled to be involved in the sequel to a film that is as beloved as Hocus Pocus,” said director Anne Fletcher. “Fans around the world have embraced these characters and have made this film a Halloween tradition whose popularity continues to grow, and how lucky am I to be back at Disney with these three extraordinarily talented ladies in the iconic roles they created, as well as our fabulous new additions to the cast?”
Hocus Pocus 2 is written by Jen D’Angelo and produced by Lynn Harris, with Adam Shankman, Ralph Winter and David Kirschner serving as executive producers.
The original Hocus Pocus is now streaming on Disney+.