The Sanderson sisters ride again! Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker Y kathy najimy reprise their roles as Winnie, Sarah, and Mary in Hocus Pocus 2 — and the new film is full of references to the original.
Rumors of a sequel to the 1993 cult classic swirled for years before Disney confirmed in May 2021 that the trio of actresses would be returning for a new movie. “I didn’t push for it,” Parker said. entertainment weekly of the sequel in September 2022. “There were times when it came up and I was asked about it, or something happened on social media that I responded to. He always said: ‘Yes, sure’, but I can’t confess that I participated in the making. The moment I heard it was real, I said yes right away.”
Though Hocus Pocus 2 includes flashbacks to the Sanderson sisters’ youth, with most of the film taking place in the present day. Two teenagers named Becca (whitney peak) and Izzy (belissa escobedo) decide to visit a magic shop, which turns out to be in the Sandersons’ old house, instead of attending a Halloween party thrown by their ex-friend Cassie (Lilia Buckingham).
The store owner, Gilbert (sam richardson), he gives the girls a candle, but it’s not a common item: it’s the black-flame candle that resurrected the Sanderson trio in the original film. The best friends accidentally resurrect the witch sisters during a ritual and naturally all hell breaks loose.
“Our new protagonists are in charge of containing the witches before the sun rises”, director Anne Fletcher explained to ew, noting that the Sandersons are accepted as “lore” in the film version of Salem. “We have [Salem residents] Dressing up as them, Sanderson sisters t-shirts, we think it’s all cheeky and fun, but lo and behold, our girls find out they’re real, and it’s a shock.”
Weather Hocus Pocus 2 tells its own story, there are still plenty of Easter eggs for superfans of the original. The Sanderson sisters perform a musical number, of course, and salt remains a powerful weapon against the powers of the witches. Parker, Midler and Najimy are also joined by an OG cast member. doug joneswho reprises his role as Billy Butcherson.
“The wig I wore was actually the same wig from the first movie,” said the The Pan’s Labyrinth said the actor Looper in September 2022. “I had been sitting on a model of mine at the producer david kirschnerThe office of all these years. They were basically able to take that off and put it back on me, and he didn’t even need teasing. It was ready to go.”
Hocus Pocus 2 is now streaming on Disney+.
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