Straight from TV land, production on the live-action comedy Hocus Pocus 2, the witchy sequel to Disney’s Halloween cult classic is underway in Rhode Island. The titular film is expected to release exclusively on Disney+ in the Fall of 2022, but now the entertainment company has released details about what we can expect from the Sanderson sister movie!
Disney Finally Reveals Hocus Pocus 2 Plot
The Witch is back, and there’s hell to pay! We Disney movie fans already know that Bette Midler (Winnie), Kathy Najimy (Mary), and Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah) are returning as the original Sanderson Sisters, the witches of Salem. After first being announced in December of 2020, Disney confirmed that Hocus Pocus 2 was indeed underway, with scripts from Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics) and producers Lynn Harris (King Richard), executive producer Adam Shankman (Disney’s Disenchanted), and crew from the first installment, Ralph Winter (Hocus Pocus), and David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus), serving as executive producer. It’s nice to know there are original creators helping out with this sequel!
We can also expect recent Emmy® winner Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso, Game of Thrones) to be involved in an unknown capacity, and crowd favorite Doug Jones (The Shape of Water, What We Do in the Shadows) also returns to the Hocus Pocus 2 cast as the undead zombie and Winnie’s ex-lover, Billy Butcherson.
Set photos have been leaked by passers-by in Rhode Island on Chase Farm, as the village of Salem comes to life from certain filming angles. This level of detail means we will certainly have scenes set in 1693, the year the sisters were hanged for consuming the children of the town.
Plot of Hocus Pocus 2
According to a new press release from Disney+, Whitney Peak (Gossip Girl, Molly’s Game) as Becca, Lilia Buckingham (Dirt, Crown Lake) as Cassie, and Belissa Escobedo (American Horror Stories, The Baker and the Beauty) as Izzy, are three young women in modern-day Salem who incite the wrath of the three child hungry witches.
It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters who were executed for practicing witchcraft, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before midnight on All Hallow’s Eve.
More details are filled in by speculation from IllumiNerdi, such as:
Becca is an aspiring witch who manages to get her hands on a new dark flame candle at the town’s magic shop located in the Sanderson Sisters old cottage.
Along with classmate, “Izzy” a confident oddball, Becca mistakenly summons the Sanderson Sisters on Halloween night leading to chaos in the town as the girls race to find a way to stop the witches who still seek youth and immortality.
And it looks like the sisters will not only come across Becca and Izzy, but “Giles” the owner of the magic shop in their former home, “Sam” a classmate of the girls and magician who works at Giles’ magic shoppe who also has a crush on Becca, and Becca’s kind and cheerful stepmother “Luann” who is an outsider in her own right.
Director Anne Fletcher says of the upcoming Hocus Pocus sequel, “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?”
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