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See a First Look at the Sanderson Sisters from the Production of “Hocus Pocus 2”

“Hocus Pocus 2” is in production now with a scheduled release for Fall 2022 on Disney+ Earlier today, for Disney+ Day, Disney shared a first look at the Sanderson Sisters from the production of this sequel to the 1993 cult classic.

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In the photo, we see lead actresses, Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy reprising their roles as Winifred, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson, who were accused of witchcraft and hanged during the Salem Witch Trials in 1693*.

The film is currently in production in Rhode Island, where producers and set designers have been recreating a 17th century Salem Village set and bringing elements reminiscent of Salem to this area further south in New England.

Doug Jones, who played Winifred Sanderson’s former lover and zombie in the original 1993 film will be reprising his role as well. Aside from Jones, Najimy, Parker, and Midler, the rest of the cast announced thus far appears to be new faces who were not involved in the original film. We do not have details on the plot as of yet, but we do know that the film will be a sequel.

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“Hocus Pocus” received underwhelming reviews from critics upon its 1993 theatrical release, but it has gained a massive following through years of becoming a cult classic. The film is now responsible for loads of Disney Halloween merchandise, a popular stage show during past Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party events, and is even one of the most popular reasons why so many Disney fans pack up and take trips to Salem, Massachusetts, as many visit with the intention of seeing where the movie was filmed.

*The actual Salem Witch Trials took place in 1692. Disney used 1693 as the year for the fictional story of “Hocus Pocus” so that it would line up to 100 years earlier from the film’s present of 1993.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."