The witches are coming to town this fall, bringing the fires of hell with them.
Disney is bringing back Hocus Pocus with a second movie. The release date for this long-awaited follow-up has been revealed, and it will premiere on Disney+ on September 30.
The stars from filmmaker Kenny Ortega’s 1993 original Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy – the evil Sanderson sisters of Salem – have made a reprisal of their characters for the sequel, in which viewers got an early sneak peek at Disney’s presentation.
The clip follows two young girls igniting the Black Flame Candle, which requests the presence of the central witches as Midler squeals, “Lock up your children! Yes, Salem, we’re back!”
They then make a musical performance – an Elton John’s “The Bitch Is Back” cover- while Billy Butcherson (Doug Jones) and another character portrayed by Sam Richardson also appear. The mayor of Salem (Tony Hale) appears in rough-cut footage as well.
The original film’s Dani Dennison won’t be making a return in this one, but fans can expect to see some familiar faces.
The drag queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race are taking over television as they are expected to appear in a drag show scene in this sequel as drag versions of Winifred (Ginger Minj), Mary (Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté) and Sarah (Kahmora Hall).
Award-winning actress Hannah Waddingham has been cast to play a part in the upcoming movie, which follows three teens – portrayed by Gossip Girl’s Whitney Peak, Dirt’s Lilia Buckingham, and American Horror Stories’ Belissa Escobedo – as they attempt to put an end to the Sanderson sisters’ plot for revenge following their resurrection 29 years after the events of the first film.
“I am beyond thrilled to be involved in the sequel to a film that is as beloved as Hocus Pocus,” said sequel filmmaker Anne Fletcher in a statement last year regarding the forthcoming movie.
“Fans around the world have embraced these characters and have made this film a Halloween tradition whose popularity continues to grow, and how lucky am I to be back at Disney with these three extraordinarily talented ladies in the iconic roles they created, as well as our fabulous new additions to the cast?”
Hocus Pocus 2 airs September 30 on Disney+.
The 1993 Hocus Pocus is a fantasy comedy horror movie written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris. It follows the three witches resurrected by a virgin teenage boy on Halloween night.