On June 28, Disney delighted Hocus Pocus fans when they released a teaser trailer for the highly anticipated Hocus Pocus 2. The trailer showed the return of Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson, as well as the three young teen girls who bring the Sanderson sisters back from the grave. Viewers were quick to spot a black cat in the teaser trailer and thought that it meant that Thackery Binx would be returning for the sequel. Binx — who was voiced by Jason Marsden — was a colonial teenager who was turned into an immortal black cat in the original film.
You can watch the trailer for Hocus Pocus 2 below:
Yes, we know that Binx died in the first film, but the Sanderson sisters also exploded when the sun came up, so, in the world of Hocus Pocus, dead doesn’t really mean gone forever. However, it looks like Binx is really gone and not coming back. An anonymous source, who is close to Marsden, spoke with reporters at Entertainment Weekly and confirmed that the actor would not be returning.
Per Entertainment Weekly:
A cat seemingly got voice actor Jason Marsden’s tongue ahead of Hocus Pocus 2.
The performer, who voiced the feline version of Thackery Binx — a 17th-century victim of the Sanderson Sisters cursed to live forever as a black cat — will not return for the Disney sequel, a source close to the actor tells EW exclusively. (Disney did not immediately respond to EW’s request for confirmation.)
While Marsden may not be returning to the role of feline Thackery Binx, a number of the film’s original stars will be reprising their roles. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker will once again bring to life Winifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson, respectively, and Doug Jones will be returning as the beloved Billy Butcherson. Sadly, Omri Katz and Thora Birch, who played Max and Dani Dennison will also not be back — Birch was supposed to return, but due to scheduling conflicts, she had to back out.
Here is more information on the new sequel film:
The live-action comedy “Hocus Pocus 2” is a haunting sequel to the 1993 Halloween cult classic which brings back the delightfully wicked Sanderson sisters for more comedic mayhem. It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.
Hocus Pocus 2 will premiere on Disney+ on September 30, and you can watch the original film ahead of time, as it is also streaming on Disney+.