Hocus Pocus 2 release date: Cast, plot, trailer and latest news

Hocus Pocus 2 release date: Cast, plot, trailer and latest news

Exciting news for fans of cult classic Hocus Pocus! It’s now been confirmed by Disney Plus that the highly-anticipated second movie to the 1993 favourite will be released in autumn 2022, meaning fans will have two Hocus Pocus films to enjoy when the next spooky season rolls around.

Not that you have to wait around to enjoy the first movie – does it really matter whether or not it’s Halloween when it comes to the winning combination of Bette Midler, And Just Like That star Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy? Of course it doesn’t!

Alongside the trio, the streamer has also revealed several new cast members for the project, with Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham, and Veep pair Tony Hale and Sam Richardson set to appear alongside  returning faces like Doug Jones.

After having reportedly been in development for a number of years, Hocus Pocus 2 was officially confirmed at Disney’s 2020 Investor Day – fresh after the original Hocus Pocus film had become the biggest big-screen re-release of 2020 at the worldwide box office.

The first film saw the three Sanderson sisters resurrected after 300 years to cause chaos in the town of Salem, Massachusetts, and now 30 years later the witches will be reanimated yet again.

They’re already running amok, amok, amok! 🕯 @BetteMidler, @SJP, and @KathyNajimy are in production on #HocusPocus2, coming Fall 2022 on #DisneyPlus. #DisneyPlusDay pic.twitter.com/deTH8HxPjW

— Disney+ (@disneyplus) November 12, 2021

Production is already underway on the much-anticipated sequel, with a first-look image now having been released of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy back in character for Disney Plus Day.

Read on for everything you need to know about the Hocus Pocus sequel, including all the details we have so far regarding a release date, casting news and potential plot details.

Hocus Pocus 2 release date

Although an exact release date is yet to be announced, we do now have a rough ballpark: Disney Plus has confirmed that the new film will be released in autumn 2022 – presumably just in time for Halloween.

Meanwhile, it seems that the film will not be getting a cinema release but will instead go straight to the streaming service.

Coming exclusively to @DisneyPlus is Hocus Pocus 2, the spooky sequel to the 1993 Halloween classic! @AdamMShankman is set to direct.

— Disney (@Disney) December 10, 2020

Filming is taking place in late 2021 – we’ll keep you updated as and when we get more news regarding an exact date. In the meantime, find out how to watch Hocus Pocus.

Hocus Pocus 2 cast

The good news for fans is that the new film will see the stars of the original reunite – this is a proper sequel, rather than a remake or reboot.

In October 2020, Bette Midler told Fox 5 New York, “They want to make a movie, they’ve asked us if we were interested and of course all of us said yes.”

She added: “I’m game, I’m totally game.”

In May 2021, it was indeed confirmed that we would see Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reprise their roles as the three Sanderson sisters!

— Disney+ (@disneyplus) May 20, 2021

Meanwhile, it’s been announced that another star of the original, Doug Jones, is also returning to reprise the role of Billy Butcherson, alongside an exciting list of new cast members.

Those newcomers include Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham, and Veep pair Tony Hale and Sam Richardson, as well as Whitney Peak (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Lilia Buckingham (Zoe Valentine), Belissa Escobedo (The Baker and the Beauty), Juju Brener (Vanquish), Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf), Taylor Henderson (Earwig and the Witch) and Nina Kitchen.

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Hocus Pocus 2 trailer

We’re still quite a way off a trailer being released, but while you’re here why not enjoy the trailer from the original film – which is available in its entirety on Disney+.

What will the Hocus Pocus sequel be about?

In a press release, Disney confirmed that Hocus Pocus 2 would see “three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world”.

Not too dissimilar from the first film then – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

The film will be directed by The Proposal’s Anne Fletcher, who assures us that the film will please new and old fans alike.

“I am so grateful to be able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life, and to be working with my friends at Disney again makes it all the more special,” she said. “This is a movie for everyone, from the fans who grew up with the first film to the next generation of viewers, and I can’t wait to get started.”

Fletcher is taking over from previously announced director Adam Shankman, who is hard at work on Enchanted sequel and fellow Disney Plus exclusive Disenchanted.

Original Hocus Pocus writer Mick Garris is looking forward to it – he recently told Comicbook.com he was “excited” by the prospect, adding that “the main reason the movie worked was the Sanderson Sisters”.

Meanwhile, Bette Midler has also said of the script that  “I think all of us agreed that it was pretty great” – so whatever happens in the movie it looks like fans could be in for a (trick or) treat.

We’ll let you know when we hear of any more plot details.

Hocus Pocus 2 will premiere on Disney Plus in autumn 2022.  Sign up to Disney Plus for £7.99 a month or £79.90 a year.

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