With barely a few weeks left till its release, Hocus Pocus 2 has finally received a new, appropriately creepy trailer.
With the release of the second trailer at the D23 Expo, fans finally got their first look at Hannah Waddingham in the character of The Witch, and Doug Jones made his return as the “good zombie” Billy Butcherson.
In case you hadn’t heard, Disney dropped the first trailer for the sequel in late June, and it quickly racked up more than 40 million views in its first 24 hours.
What more can we anticipate from the Sanderson Sisters’ return to Salem to cause havoc in the sequel? Learn everything you need to know about the sequel to “Hocus Pocus” right now.
When does the second installment of Hocus Pocus come out?
You’ll have to decide if you can hold up until Halloween to watch Hocus Pocus 2 when it debuts on Disney+ on September 30.
The sequel’s production began on October 18, 2021, in Rhode Island, and ended in late January 2022.
While we wait for Hocus Pocus 2, we can always rewatch the original on Disney+ to satisfy our witchy needs in the meantime.
Story of Hocus Pocus 2
The official word of Hocus Pocus didn’t come out until May of 2021. Not only that but the movie’s plot was also explained. Those anticipating this film have waited decades to see it. They’re almost there; the long-awaited film is almost ready for release.
At the end of the first film, there was a cryptic suggestion that the Sanderson sisters might appear again. Hocus Pocus 2 has been kept under wraps so far. However, chills galore are to be expected in this film.
You need to know about Hocus Pocus 2 in 2022.
Let’s start with the classic Hocus Pocus film. In the opening scene, a coven of wicked witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) lures children into a wooded area near Salem, Massachusetts in the 1600s so they can steal their souls through song.
The Sanderson Sisters are apprehended by the locals and put to death by hanging for their roles in the murder of Emily Binx and the disappearance of Emily’s brother, Thackery.
The action of Hocus Pocus then fast-forwards to the 1990s, where we meet Max Dennison, a local adolescent who has just relocated from another city.
(Omri Katz) With his sister Dani (Thora Birch) and their new friend Allison, he investigates a deserted home (Vinessa Shaw).
Allison, the superstitious one, reveals that witches from years before formerly inhabited the home. Max ignites a black flame candle, accidentally reviving the Sanderson Sisters, and the Dennisons finally believe her story.
To prevent the witches from achieving immortality, the youngsters, with the help of a magical cat who is really Thackery, must now take their book of spells.
If that’s the case, why is it crucial to understand these details? But in the sequel, Hocus Pocus 2, three young ladies unwittingly summon the Sanderson Sisters to present-day Salem by lighting the black flame candle once more.
They, like the Dennisons, have to figure out a way to prevent the childless witches from spreading havoc and gaining immortality. The fact that Midler, Parker, and Najimy are all back in their original roles is the nicest thing about this sequel.
Cast members of the second installment of “Hocus Pocus”
Even though Midler, Parker, Najimy, and Doug Jones (in his role as Billy Butcherson) all return for Hocus Pocus 2, the original film’s Max, Allison, and Dani are not.
A black cat does make an appearance in the trailer, but it’s not Binx. In the original film, that helpless cat lost his last of nine lives. Anne Fletcher, the director of the film, has stated that the black cat’s name in the film is Cobweb and that he does not have a speaking role as Binx did.
Garry Marshall and Penny Marshall, who played the Salem residents who spent the evening with the Sandersons in the original film and will sadly not be returning for the Hocus Pocus sequel, passed away recently.
Who, then, are the newcomers to Hocus Pocus 2’s cast? Actresses Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, and Lilia Buckingham play Becca, Izzy, and Cassie, three high school students who summon the witches.
Our favorite finalists from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Ginger Minj, Cornbread Jeté, and Kahmora Hall, will feature in the film as drag versions of Winnie, Sarah, and Mary, respectively.
(The film’s memorable musical numbers and cheesy costumes have undoubtedly inspired a great deal of drag during the past three decades.)
Also starring are Tony Hale as Mayor of Salem (and father of high schooler Cassie), Sam Richardson as Gilbert, owner of a magic shop, and Hannah Waddingham, star of Ted Lasso (though Waddingham has been mum about her participation in interviews).
If the new film is anything like the original, which is widely considered to be the best Halloween film ever made, then we can expect it to provide us with plenty of fresh Halloween quotes and Halloween memes to keep us amused for the next three centuries.