“Come little children, I’ll take thee away into a land of enchantment. Come little children the time’s come to play, here in my garden of magic.”
In the summer of 1993, Disney released its newest Halloween-themed movie, Hocus Pocus, which did not do as well as they were hoping. The film was not what would be considered successful and could easily have gone into the category of Disney failures, however, that was not in the cards. Throughout the years since its release, Hocus Pocus has gained a massive cult following and is now one of Disney’s most successful holiday-themed films.
For years, fans have been begging Disney to make a sequel to the movie and, in 2020, the studio giant finally revealed that they would be answering that call and were in the process of creating the highly-anticipated sequel. If that wasn’t exciting enough, it was also confirmed that Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker — who played Sanderson sisters Winifred, Mary, and Sarah, in the original film — would all be returning to reprise their roles.
Since then, script details have remained scarce, but casting and release information have been given. Hocus Pocus 2 will premiere on Disney+ in the fall of 2022 and, in addition to the original Sanderson sisters, will also feature Sam Richardson from Veep and Tony Hale from the popular Disney+ show The Mysterious Benedict Society.
While fans were excited to see new characters being brought in for a fresh, new story, they were hoping to see more original actors come back to reprise their popular roles, and on All Hallows Eve itself, Disney revealed that another character would be rising from the dead for Hocus Pocus 2 — none other than Doug Jones who played Winifred’s ex, Billy Butcherson!
Along with the exciting announcement, Disney shared the film’s first teaser trailer, featuring some very recognizable music.
The black flame candle is alight to the Sanderson sisters’ delight.
Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, & Kathy Najimy shall soon return.
Joined by new faces which you soon will learn.
See more of the spellbinding cast in the next Tweet. Enjoy this All Hallows Eve treat.
Joining the cast are Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Doug Jones, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Henderson, and Nina Kitchen.
— Walt Disney Studios (@DisneyStudios) October 31, 2021
Beneath the trailer was more cast information, which included Jones, much to the delight of many fans.
Joining the cast are Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Doug Jones, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Henderson, and Nina Kitchen. Fall 2022 on @DisneyPlus, #HocusPocus2 cometh to us!
At this time, it is unknown if Omri Katz and Thora Birch will reprise their roles as brother and sister Max and Dani Dennison, or if Vinessa Shaw will return as Max’s high school crush, Allison.
Are you as excited for Hocus Pocus 2 as we are?