Hocus Pocus 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1993 film Hocus Pocus, is finally coming out this week. But will it be screened in theaters just like the original movie? Read on to find out where you can watch the sequel and others things you need to know about the film.
Is Hocus Pocus 2 coming to cinemas?
Released on July 16th, 1993, Hocus Pocus grossed a total of $45.3 million at the worldwide box office, against a production budget of $28 million. Fans, however, may never know if Hocus Pocus 2 can break this record, as there are currently no plans to show the sequel in theaters.
Where can you watch Hocus Pocus 2?
Hocus Pocus 2 will exclusively stream on Disney Plus.
How much will Hocus Pocus 2 be on Disney Plus?
Hocus Pocus 2 will be available for all Disney Plus subscribers to stream at no extra cost. In case you don’t have Disney Plus yet, the streaming service costs $7.99 a month for ad-free access to the platform’s entire streaming library.
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Hocus Pocus 2 release date, plot, and trailer
Hocus Pocus 2 is set to premiere on Disney Plus on September 30th.
Directed by Anne Fletcher and written by Jen D’Angelo, the sequel is set 29 years after the events of the original film. It will follow three high-school students who 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.
The official trailer for the movie debuted at the 2022 D23 Expo on September 9th and was released online afterward. You can watch the promo video below:
Is Hocus Pocus 2 going to have the same cast?
The cast of Hocus Pocus 2 is a mix of new and familiar faces. Original stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy are all reprising their roles as the Sanderson sisters. Midler will be back as the oldest sister Winnie; Parker as the youngest sister Sarah; and Najimy as the middle sister Mary.
Also returning from the original movie is Doug Jones, who is coming back for the sequel in the role of Billy Butcherson, an ex-boyfriend poisoned by Winnie on May 1st, 1693, who is brought back to life as a zombie.
Becca, Cassie, and Izzy, a.k.a the three high-school students that will attempt to stop the Sanderson sisters in the new movie, will be portrayed by franchise newcomers Whitney Peak (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Lilia Buckingham (Dirt), and Belissa Escobedo (The Baker and the Beauty), respectively.
Other franchise newcomers include Hannah Waddingham as Mother Witch, Tony Hale as Mayor Jefry Traske, Sam Richardson as Gilbert, and Froy Gutierrez as Mike.
RuPaul’s Drag Race queens Ginger Minj, Kahmora Hall, and Kornbread Jeté will also portray drag versions of Winnie, Sarah, and Mary in the sequel.
Thora Birch, who played Dani Dennison, the little girl who lit the Black Flame Candle and revived the evil witches on Halloween night in the first film, was in talks to reprise her role for the sequel. She, however, had to decline due to scheduling conflicts with Netflix’s Addams Family-adjacent series, Wednesday.