Good news, witches: the trailer for Hocus Pocus 2 has landed.
It’s been close to 30 years since the Sanderson sisters first burst onto screens, and to say that the film is a Halloween staple now would honestly be underselling it. Hocus Pocus is to Halloween films what Titanic is to disaster films, what Love, Actually is to Christmas films, what The Room is to cult classic films. We could go on, but let’s not.
The long-awaited sequel has been brewing since at least 2014, when star Bette Midler said she had “canvassed the girls” and that the trio was “willing to do it”, telling fans at the time to “ask the Walt Disney company” for the sequel.
With news of the sequel eventually confirmed back in 2019, it would still be three long, COVID-ridden years before the trailer was released, but now, it’s finally here, with the film itself just three months away.
The trailer shows two friends lighting the black-flame candle, as Sam Richardson — who’s playing a magic shop owner — says “legend has it, it’s on the 16th birthday that a witch gets her powers”.
Next thing you know, the Sanderson sisters are back and better than ever, and ready to raise hell in Salem once more.
Here’s everything we know about Hocus Pocus 2.
What Is Hocus Pocus 2 About?
According to the movie’s official logline: “In Hocus Pocus 2, 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.”
Is There a Trailer for Hocus Pocus 2?
There absolutely is, and you can watch it right here.
Who Is Starring in Hocus Pocus 2?
Thankfully, the film’s original and iconic trio are back, with Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reprising their roles as Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson.
Ted Lasso‘s Hannah Waddingham and Veep alums Tony Hale and Sam Richardson will be joining the cast, along with Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Juju Brener, Froy Guiterrez, Taylor Henderson, and Nina Kitchen. Doug Jones will also be returning from the original film.
Who Directed Hocus Pocus 2?
Anne Fletcher directed Hocus Pocus 2. Prior to Hocus Pocus 2, Fletcher made a name for herself directing iconic rom-coms like 27 Dresses and The Proposal, as well as Step Up.
More recently, she directed 2018’s Netflix film Dumplin‘, which starred Jennifer Aniston and Australia’s Danielle Macdonald.
Who Wrote Hocus Pocus 2?
Hocus Pocus 2 is written by Jen D’Angelo, and it’s actually her first credit writing a feature film. D’Angelo has previously written on TV shows like Workaholics and Young Rock, and has worked extensively as a producers and actress in the industry.
Where Was Hocus Pocus 2 Filmed?
While the original film was shot across Massachusetts and on Hollywood sets, Hocus Pocus 2 was filmed entirely in Rhode Island, the United States’ smallest state (a fun geography fact for you, dear reader!). Specifically, the film was shot around Lincoln, Providence and Newport.
Steven Feinberg, who is the executive director of the Rhode Island Film & Television Office, told NBC 10 the film chose Rhode Island because of the state’s diversity between locations that are still close in proximity to one another.
When Will Hocus Pocus 2 Be Released in Australia?
Hocus Pocus 2 will be released in Australia on September 30, right in time for Spooky Season.
Where Can I Watch Hocus Pocus 2 in Australia?
Hocus Pocus 2 will be available to stream on Disney+, so mark your calendars, invite your friends over, and have a cozy movie night!