By Andie Hagemann
The cast and filmmakers from Disney’s Hocus Pocus 2 were in frightfully good spirits at the premiere of the Disney+ Original live-action comedy and haunting sequel to the Halloween classic at AMC Lincoln Square Cinemas in New York City.
In attendance were the film’s stars, including Disney Legend Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy, Sam Richardson, Doug Jones, Tony Hale, Froy Gutierrez, Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, Lilia Buckingham, Taylor Henderson, Nina Kitchen, Juju Brenner, Kahmora Hall, and Ginger. Director Anne Fletcher, screenwriter Jen D’Angelo, producer Lynn Harris, and executive producer Adam Shankman, along with guests Kristin Chenoweth, Sunny Hostin, and Ralph Macchio also walked the purple carpet. Hocus Pocus 2 premieres Friday, September 30, exclusively on Disney+.
“I’ve waited a long time,” Midler said, “we all did—me, Kathy, and Sarah Jessica. It’s been something that we’ve always wanted to do. Every now and again when we’d see each other, we’d agitate and wring our hands, and finally our dream came true.”
Added Parker, “The longevity of this particular film in people’s lives and the generational transition is very touching, and I think we all feel very lucky.”
It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century Sanderson sisters, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before dawn on All Hallow’s Eve.
“The love for Hocus Pocus is infectious,” Fletcher said. “You can see [that,] with all these gorgeous people dressed up as our Sanderson sisters. We made this sequel for the fans, and they showed up in droves. They love these witches. Who can’t help but love them? They’re amazing.”
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