The Sanderson sisters are back! Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica ParkerAnd Kathy NajimyRetake their roles in Winnie, Sarah, and Mary Hocus Pocus 2 — and the new movie is packed with references to the original.
Rumours about a sequel for the 1993 cult film have been circulating for years, before Disney confirmed in May 2020 that the trio would return to direct a new movie. “I didn’t push for it,” Parker told Entertainment Weeklyof the sequel in September 2022. “There were moments where it came up and I was asked about it, or something happened on social media that I’d respond to. I’d always say, ‘Yeah, sure,’ but I can’t confess to being involved in putting it together. The minute I heard it was real, I said yes right away.”
Thought Hocus Pocus 2 includes flashbacks to the Sanderson sisters’ youth, the bulk of the movie takes place in the present day. Becca and Becca, two teenage girls.Whitney Peak) and Izzy (Belissa Escobedo) decide to visit a magic shop — which happens to be in the Sandersons’ old house — instead of attending a Halloween party hosted by their former friend Cassie (Lilia Buckingham).
Gilbert, the shop owner, was (Sam Richardson), gives the girls a candle, but it’s no ordinary object: it’s the Black Flame Candle that resurrected the Sanderson trio in the original film. The BFFs accidentally bring back the witch sisters after a ritual. Naturally, all hell breaks out.
“Our new protagonists are in charge of getting the witches contained before the sun rises,” director Anne FletcherThis is how it works EW, noting that the Sandersons are accepted “lore” in the film’s version of Salem. “We have [Salem residents] dressing as them, T-shirts of the Sanderson sisters, we think it’s all cheeky and fun, but — lo and behold — our girls find out they are real, and it’s a shock.”
While Hocus Pocus 2Each story is unique, but there are still many Easter eggs for those who love the original. The Sanderson sisters perform a musical number, of course, and salt remains a powerful weapon against the witches’ powers. Parker, Midler, and Najimy are joined by an OG cast member Doug JonesHe plays the role of Billy Butcherson again.
“The wig I wore was actually the same wig from the first movie,” the Pan’s LabyrinthActor told LooperSeptember 2022. “It had been sitting on a mannequin of me in producer David Kirschner‘s office all these years. They basically were able to take that off him and put it back on me, and it didn’t even need teasing. It was ready to go.”
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