Disney Plus has finally – we repeat, FINALLY – unleashed the first official trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Hocus Pocus.
Premiering 30 September on the streamer, Hocus Pocus 2 reunites Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy as the iconic 17th century witch-sisters, Winifred, Sarah and Mary Sanderson, respectively.
“It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters, and they are looking for revenge,” reads the official synopsis.
“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.”
Hocus Pocus 2 also stars Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belisa Escobedo, Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Juju Brener, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Paige Henderson and Nina Kitchen.
Doug Jones returns as William “Bully” Butcherson, the ex-boyfriend of Winifred who is brought back to life as a zombie.
Earlier this year, it was also reported that Drag Race stars Ginger Minj, Kornbread “The Snack” Jeté and Kahmora Hall will star in the film.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the trio are rumoured to play drag versions of the Sanderson Sisters.
The film is directed by Anne Fletcher, written by Jen D’Angelo and produced by Lynn Harris, with Adam Shankman, Ralph Winter and David Kirscher serving as executive producers.
Fletcher, whose prior credits include Step Up (2006), 27 Dresses (2008), The Proposal (2009), Hot Pursuit (2015) and Dumplin’ (2018), previously said of the film: “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 was met with mixed reviews upon release, but has since been recognised as a cult classic thanks to Midler’s berserk performance as coven leader Winifred, its ridiculously camp themes and endless popularity around Halloween season.
Watch The Sanderson Sisters run amok in the first official teaser here or below.