'Hocus Pocus 2' Updates: Bette Midler, SJP & Kathy Najimy Confirmed To Return

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‘Hocus Pocus 2’ is conscionable a twelvemonth away! Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are officially confirmed to return, but they’ll beryllium joined by brand-new formed members. Here are each the latest updates.

The Sanderson sisters volition unrecorded to witch different day, but they’ll person immoderate caller characters to look successful Hocus Pocus 2. The highly-anticipated sequel is officially happening, and your favourite 3 witches volition beryllium back. Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will beryllium returning to the iconic roles of Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson successful the upcoming Hocus Pocus 2. New formed members see a Ted Lasso Emmy victor and a Gossip Girl star!

Hocus Pocus is simply a beloved Halloween classical that millions ticker each October. However, Hocus Pocus wasn’t a container bureau sensation erstwhile it was released connected July 16, 1993. It lone made $38 cardinal disconnected of a $28 cardinal budget. In the astir 30 years since Hocus Pocus came out, the movie has go a phenomenon. Now determination volition beryllium different Hocus Pocus movie to love. HollywoodLife has each the latest updates connected the upcoming sequel, which volition premiere exclusively connected Disney+ successful Fall 2022.

Hannah Waddingham‘Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham has joined the formed of ‘Hocus Pocus 2.’ (Shutterstock)

How To Watch ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

The original movie was released successful theaters, but Hocus Pocus 2 volition beryllium released connected Disney+. The announcement was made successful December 2020 during Disney Investor Day. Sean Bailey, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production, told viewers: “Of course, 1 of the astir fashionable holidays is Halloween, and 1 of the astir fashionable Halloween movies is the cult classic Hocus Pocus. I americium blessed to corroborate we are moving connected a dainty for Disney+ audiences with a spooky sequel.” The movie volition person a merchandise day successful 2022. Fans tin ticker Hocus Pocus each twelvemonth circular connected Disney+ now.

Filming

Production on Hocus Pocus 2 is present underway successful Rhode Island. The sequel was primitively going to beryllium directed by Adam Shankman. “Thanks with each of my bosom beloved @disney,” Adam wrote connected Instagram successful 2020 erstwhile the quality was announced. “Looks similar Il beryllium moving connected a looooooottttt of magic for awhile… I consciousness incredibly honored and humbled to beryllium guiding guardant these 2 Disney crown jewel legacies. My lone anticipation is to grant those who came earlier maine and physique thing caller and exciting, arsenic I desperately effort to not fto down the fans and enchant the caller initiates.” He’s presently moving connected the Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted.

Anne Fletcher volition beryllium taking implicit arsenic manager of Hocus Pocus 2, with Adam stepping into an enforcement shaper relation on with Ralph Winter and David Kirschner. Steven Haft is simply a co-producer.

“As heartbroken arsenic I americium that I won’t beryllium capable to nonstop my friends Bette, Sarah Jessica and Kathy successful what is definite to beryllium thing abbreviated of a large lawsuit for Disney+ owed to scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t beryllium much pleased to beryllium handing implicit the reins to Anne, who has brought truthful overmuch laughter and joyousness into people’s lives with her erstwhile work,” Adam said successful a statement. “I americium inactive grateful and arrogant to assistance shepherd this ingenious task arsenic enforcement shaper alongside shaper Lynn Harris, whom I person loved and admired arsenic a workfellow and person since she helped get maine the occupation choreographing Boogie Nights.”

Anne’s connection read: “Now much than ever, radical request to laugh. We should beryllium laughing each day, and determination is truthful overmuch amusive to beryllium had with these 3 unbelievable women playing delicious characters from specified a beloved film. I americium truthful grateful to beryllium capable to play a portion successful bringing these witches backmost to life, and to beryllium moving with my friends astatine Disney again makes it each the much special. This is simply a movie for everyone, from the fans who grew up with the archetypal movie to the adjacent procreation of viewers, and I can’t hold to get started.”

Kathy precocious revealed that she has spoken with Bette and Sarah astir the sequel and gave an update astir what’s going connected with filming. “Sarah [Jessica Parker] and Bette [Midler] and I had similar a mates of weeks connected the telephone talking astir the script, and that was truly fun, obviously,” Kathy said connected SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show successful Jan. 2021. “Bette Midler, arsenic Jess knows, was a huge, immense inspiration for my full full life. Like fractional of maine is maine due to the fact that of Bette Midler, fractional of maine is maine due to the fact that my mom, Gloria Steinem, and Bette Midler. So we talked a batch astir notes and if we did now, it’s just, and we each person said successful a cleanable world, yes. Now it’s conscionable location, times and dates and however agelong and each that. So it’s just, it’s those things. So, you know, I can’t truly springiness a yay oregon nay either way.”

‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Cast

Bette, Sarah, and Kathy volition reprise their roles arsenic Sanderson sisters Winifred, Sarah, and Mary. The 3 actresses each posted the Hocus Pocus 2 authoritative logo connected their Instagram pages connected May 20, 2021. “Sistaaaahs! It’s been 300 years… But we’re BACK!” Bette wrote. Sarah’s caption read, “Yep. I’m ready. To run. Amok, amok, amok, amok.” Kathy wrote, “The radical person spoken: I odor children…again.”

All 3 of them expressed interest successful returning successful the years starring up to the announcement. The archetypal formed besides featured Omri Katz, 44, arsenic Max Dennison, Thora Birch, 38, arsenic Max’s sister Dani, Vinessa Shaw, 44, arsenic Allison, and Doug Jones, 61, arsenic Billy Butcherson. Doug volition beryllium returning arsenic the beloved zombie successful Hocus Pocus 2.

Hocus PocusThora Birch, Vinessa Shaw, and Omri Katz successful ‘Hocus Pocus.’ (Courtesy of Everett Collection)

“They privation to marque a movie, they’ve asked america if we were funny and of people each of america said yes,” Bette told Fox 5 New York successful Oct. 2020. “I’m game, I’m wholly game.” The Sanderson trio recently reunited successful Oct. 2020 to rise wealth for Bette Midler’s charity, New York Restoration Project, getting fans adjacent much excited astir the sequel.

Back successful May 2020, Sarah revealed to radio big Bruce Bozzi that she had “agreed publicly” about returning. “I deliberation that it is thing Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and I are each precise hospitable to the idea,” she said. “I deliberation for a agelong time, radical were talking astir it arsenic if radical were moving guardant with it successful a existent mode but we were unaware of it. We’ve agreed publically to the close people, yes, that would beryllium a very, precise amusive idea, truthful we’ll spot what the aboriginal holds.”

Hocus PocusBette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy person each expressed involvement successful returning. (Courtesy of Everett Collection)

Thora told HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY successful Jan. 2020 that she would beryllium down to instrumentality arsenic Dani “if they would person me.” She besides said, “They’ve been talking astir this reboot for 5 years. I’m excited to spot what it each looks like.”

On November 1, 2021, Disney+ announced all-new Hocus Pocus 2 formed members. The sequel volition prima Whitney Peak arsenic Becca, Lilia Buckingham arsenic Cassie, and Belissa Escobedo arsenic Izzy, 3 young women successful present-day Salem who incite the wrath of the 3 witches. Ted Lasso prima Hannah Waddingham, Veep alum Tony Hale, The Tomorrow War prima Sam Richardson, Vanquish star Juju Brener, Cruel Summer prima Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Paige Henderson, and Nina Kitchen person besides joined the cast. 

Hocus PocusWhitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, and Belissa Escobedo are caller ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ formed members. (Shutterstock)

“I americium beyond thrilled to beryllium progressive successful the sequel to a movie that is arsenic beloved arsenic Hocus Pocus,” manager Anne Fletcher said successful a statement. “Fans astir the satellite person embraced these characters and person made this movie a Halloween contented whose popularity continues to grow, and however fortunate americium I to beryllium backmost astatine Disney with these 3 extraordinarily talented ladies successful the iconic roles they created, arsenic good arsenic our fabulous caller additions to the cast?”

What Will ‘Hocus Pocus 2’ Be About?

The crippled for Hocus Pocus 2 is being kept precise nether wraps. When the archetypal Hocus Pocus trio was confirmed to instrumentality successful May 2021, Disney+ revealed breathtaking caller details astir the sequel. In Hocus Pocus 2, “three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters backmost to modern time Salem and indispensable fig retired however to halt the child-hungry witches from wreaking a caller benignant of havoc connected the world.”

The archetypal movie started successful 1693 arsenic the Sanderson sisters were being sentenced to decease for practicing witchcraft. They were hanged, but not earlier Winifred vowed to instrumentality to Salem to get her revenge. She formed a spell that would bring the sisters backmost during a afloat satellite connected Halloween if a virgin lit the Black Flame Candle. The trio was resurrected 300 years aboriginal erstwhile Max lit that infamous candle.

Bette MidlerBette Midler and Omri Katz successful ‘Hocus Pocus.’ (Courtesy of Everett Collection)

The writers of the archetypal movie near the archetypal movie open-ended for a sequel. The Sanderson sisters did disintegrate into magical particulate erstwhile the prima roseate supra the horizon, but Winifred’s spellbook teased their imaginable return. The movie ended with the spellbook opening its eye, meaning that it was inactive live and the witches whitethorn not beryllium gone for good.

A.W. Jantha published Hocus Pocus and the All-New Sequel successful 2018. The YA publication followed Max and Allison’s daughter, Poppy, 25 years aft the events of the movie arsenic she faced disconnected against the Sanderson sisters. The sequel could beryllium based connected this publication oregon it could absorption connected a caller communicative entirely.