Bubble, bubble, toil and … sequel? It’s almost time to watch Hocus Pocus 2 online. Yes, folks, the Sanderson sisters are back in the swing of things, getting a jump on the spooky season (that never really ends for some).
Hocus Pocus 2 Disney Plus date, time and more
Release date and time: Hocus Pocus 2 debuts on Disney Plus on Friday (Sept. 30) at 3 a.m. ET.
Cast: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Doug Jones, Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson
Director: Anne Fletcher
Running time: 1 hour and 43 minutes
Hocus Pocus 2 finds Sanderson sisters Winnie (Bette Middler), Sarah (Sarah Jessica Parker) and Mary (Kathy Najimy) back in our plane of reality for the first time in 29 years. Hopefully they avoid Reddit and Instagram, but we’re not sure if they can stay offline, as they’re pulled back into our current moment thanks to high school teens Becca (Whitney Peak) and Izzy (Belissa Escobedo).
We’re not sure which of those two sparked the Black Flame Candle, but now that the flame is lit, Salem’s worst nightmares are back to wreak havoc. Outside of the teens that drive the main story, the only real magic expert who may be able to help stop the sisters is shopkeep (Sam Richardson).
Richardson, whose comedic chops have recently been showcased in The Afterparty and I Think You Should Leave, may wind up stealing parts of the movie from its iconic stars. Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) and Tony Hale (Arrested Development) also appear.
Here’s everything to know about how and when to watch Hocus Pocus 2 online.
How to watch Hocus Pocus 2 on Disney Plus
No need to wait for Halloween candy to be put out. Hocus Pocus 2 arrives on Disney Plus on Friday (Sept. 30). It releases at 3 a.m. ET.
How to watch Hocus Pocus 2 internationally
Disney Plus is available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mauritius, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, so it’s not going to be tough to get access.
Hocus Pocus 2 trailer
At D23 2022, we got the first trailer for Hocus Pocus 2. Not only does it deliver the returning Sanderson sisters, but the supporting cast looks great as well. Especially Sam Richardson as Gilbert, the shopkeep who helps unlock the return of the sisters. Hannah Waddingham can be seen early on as The Witch, who got the sisters into the witching business in the first place.
Hocus Pocus 2 cast and crew
Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker are confirmed to return as Winifred ‘Winnie’ Sanderson, Mary Sanderson, and Sara Sanderson. Midler shared the news on her Instagram account (opens in new tab), with Najimy following suit with a post (opens in new tab) paying homage to her character’s famous “I smell children” (opens in new tab) line. Parker also got in on the fun with an Instagram post (opens in new tab) of her own that harks back to her “amok! amok! amok!” (opens in new tab) line from the first movie.
On Nov. 1, Disney confirmed via press release that Doug Jones is back (likely reprising his role as reprise his role as Winnie’s ex-lover and zombie William ‘Billy’ Butcherson), and that Tony Hale (Arrested Development, Veep), Sam Richardson (Veep, Detroiters), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso) and Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf) are joining the cast.
Thora Birch (opens in new tab) tweeted a GIF from the original film, with the caption “2022 will be ‘Mah-velous!'” which makes us wonder if she’ll be in the film as well.
Adam Shankman (Hairspray, Step Up) was pegged to direct, but due to conflicting schedules with his directing duties on Disenchanted, he’ll be stepping into the role of executive producer instead. Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, The Proposal) will be picking up the directorial mantle instead. Shankman will be joined by fellow executive producers Ralph Winter (Adrift) and David Kirschner (Curse of Chucky), and Steven Haft (Tigerland) as co-producer.
“As heartbroken as I am that I won’t be able to direct my friends Bette, Sarah Jessica and Kathy in what is sure to be nothing short of a major event for Disney+ due to scheduling conflicts, I couldn’t be more pleased to be handing over the reins to Anne, who has brought so much laughter and joy into people’s lives with her previous work,” Shankman says.
“I am still grateful and proud to help shepherd this ingenious project as executive producer alongside producer Lynn Harris, whom I have loved and admired as a colleague and friend since she helped get me the job choreographing ‘Boogie Nights.’”
Anne Fletcher adds: “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.”
Hocus Pocus 2 plot
According to the press release “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.”
But, aside from that plot point, details are scarce. The Illuminerdi (opens in new tab), which doesn’t have a great track record, is claiming that sources have revealed a plot about a loner named Becca, an aspiring witch, who summons the Sanderson Sisters with classmate Izzy. What about the third girl? Well, the report also mentions a popular girl named Cassie who gets tied up in all of this, but isn’t a part of the summoning?
The 1993 movie saw the sisters resurrected thanks to a spell that Midler’s character cast before the witches were hung in 1693 for kidnapping kids and draining them of their life force, which had the unfortunate side effect of killing them.