Despite being a direct-to-streaming movie, Disney is throwing some real weight behind it Hokus Pokus 2, its long-awaited sequel to the 1993 witch movie. Original stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Bette Midler all return – despite one of them is Bette Midler– and earlier this month we heard it the always great Sam Richardson had also joined the cast.
Now, perhaps as a nod to the fact that today is Halloween (one of the five scariest days of the year), Disney has confirmed several of the cast of Disney +’s Hocus Pocus successor. In addition to the four aforementioned people (Bette Midler!), Hokus Pokus 2 will feature Tony Hale, Hannah Waddingham, Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Juju Brener, Froy Guiterrez, Taylor Henderson and Nina Kitchen. Doug Jones, who appeared in the original film as the zombie Billy Butcherson, also announced that he will return, though the Disney + tweet did not specifically call him out, as it did with the main trio of witches.
Is Doug Jones not a famous name? He should be! He was the fisherman in Form of water and the fisherman in that Hell’s kid movie! In other news, Tony Hale was featured Veep with Sam Richardson, and Sam Richardson was with Ted Lasso with Hannah Waddingham, so it pays to know Sam Richardson. Maybe it was him who convinced Bette Midler to come back?
Hokus Pokus 2 has been written for release on Disney + next fall, but the fact that Disney has not yet given a specific date for such a Halloween-centric classic is somewhat strange. Are they just trying to choose between releasing it for Halloween or releasing it a few weeks before to build up the creepy hype for Halloween? Or maybe they drop it after Halloween because it’s supposed to be a Thanksgiving movie? We’ll find out next year.