Hocus Pocus 2 announced for Disney+ with release planned and original cast confirmed

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After what seems like an eternity, Hocus Pocus 2 will be returning to our screens next year after being officially announced by Disney.

The sequel to the 1993 cult classic will exclusively premiere with the full trio of original Sanderson sisters – or should we say ‘sistaaaahs’ – on Disney + by 2022.

And by the sounds of the plot, the second instalment is set to be just as magical as the first.

In keeping with the original, in Hocus Pocus 2 Disney confirmed we’ll see three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson sisters back to modern-day Salem. It’s then up to them to figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.

We’ll see all three main original cast members, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy return to play their fabulously wicked Sanderson sister roles as Winifred, Sarah, and Mary.

The trio took to Instagram to confirm the news with Midler posting a picture of the Hocus Pocus 2 lettering with a caption saying: “Sistaaaahs! It's been 300 years… But we’re BACK! #HocusPocus2 arrives Fall 2022 on @Disney Plus.”

Parker did the same and wrote: “Yep. I’m ready. To Run. Amok, amok, amok, amok.” While Najimy’s caption read: “The people have spoken: I smell children…again.”

Along with the cast confirming, Disney has also revealed a little bit of a shakeup in terms of the director role.

Anne Fletcher – best known for her film director credits in Step Up, 27 Dresses and The Proposal – will be directing Hocus Pocus 2, taking over for Adam Shankman who will still serve as an executive producer. This reason for the swap is because Shankman is currently filming Disney’s other sequel, Disenchanted.

Film director Shankman took to Instagram to say: “Yep!!! It’s true! They’re allllll back and the sistahhhhs are gonna be running amok amok amok!!! My heart is broken that my directing duties on #Disenchanted are prohibiting me from directing in #hocuspocus2 but I’m handing over the reins to the amazing #AnneFletcher.”

Confirming the news, Fletcher added: "Now more than ever, people need to laugh. We should be laughing every day, and there is so much fun to be had with these three unbelievable women playing delicious characters from such a beloved film.

"I am so grateful to be able to play a part in bringing these witches back to life, and to be working with my friends at Disney again makes it all the more special. This is a movie for everyone, from the fans who grew up with the first film to the next generation of viewers, and I can't wait to get started.”

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