Hocus Pocus 2 first look: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy are back


Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy are back as the Sanderson Sisters in the first look image for Hocus Pocus 2. 

On Friday, Disney+ released the first photo from the sequel to the beloved 1993 horror-comedy in which Parker, 56, Midler, 75, and Najimy, 64 were seen in character as the trio of villainous witches.  

The Disney+ Twitter account captioned the photo: ‘They’re already running amok, amok, amok! @BetteMidler , @SJP , and @KathyNajimy are in production on #HocusPocus2, coming Fall 2022 on #DisneyPlus. #DisneyPlusDay.’  

'Amok, amok, amok': Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy are back as the Sanderson Sisters in the first look image for Hocus Pocus 2

‘Amok, amok, amok’: Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy are back as the Sanderson Sisters in the first look image for Hocus Pocus 2

In the photo, the actresses were seen clad in their witchy garb as they beamed at the camera.

Midler shared the image to her Instagram page, writing, ‘Sistaaaaahs! ‘Tis time! #HocusPocus2 is now in production, coming Fall 2022 to @disneyplus.’   

The cast was also seen shooting a scene on Thursday.

At work: The cast was also seen shooting a scene on Thursday. Sarah had her long, curly blonde hair down as she wore a maroon gown with a strong collar and a cobweb design on her arms

At work: The cast was also seen shooting a scene on Thursday. Sarah had her long, curly blonde hair down as she wore a maroon gown with a strong collar and a cobweb design on her arms

Green gal: Bette wore a bright green outfit with her red wig in place and her makeup done up to look like a witch

Green gal: Bette wore a bright green outfit with her red wig in place and her makeup done up to look like a witch

The third: And Kathy wore a quirky black hat with a maroon outfit as she made a funny face

The third: And Kathy wore a quirky black hat with a maroon outfit as she made a funny face

Sarah had her long, curly blonde hair down as she wore a maroon gown with a strong collar and a cobweb design on her arms.

She was also with Kathy and Bette during the nigh shoot.

Bette wore a bright green outfit with her red wig in place and her makeup done up to look like a witch. 

And Kathy wore a quirky black hat with a maroon outfit as she made a funny face. 

The trio were spotted filming a Halloween fair scene where Parker’s character, Sarah Sanderson, is startled by a scarecrow and lets out a scream. 

EEK: The trio were spotted filming a Halloween fair scene where Parker's character, Sarah Sanderson, is startled by a scarecrow and lets out a scream

EEK: The trio were spotted filming a Halloween fair scene where Parker’s character, Sarah Sanderson, is startled by a scarecrow and lets out a scream

She looks confused! Parker had one hand up as she looked into the camera

She looks confused! Parker had one hand up as she looked into the camera

So much going on, it's overwhelming: Parker, center, was seen with several extras

So much going on, it’s overwhelming: Parker, center, was seen with several extras

And there it is: She screams as she looks at a scary scarecrow with a green jacket on

And there it is: She screams as she looks at a scary scarecrow with a green jacket on

In May, Disney+ confirmed the sequel and announced that Parker, Midler and Najimy were all returning to reprise their roles as Sarah, Winnifred and Mary Sanderson. Production on the film is currently underway in Rhode Island. 

New cast members include Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, Hannah Waddingham, Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Juju Brenner, Froy Gutierrez, Taylor Henderson and Nina Kitchen. 

Original Hocus Pocus star Doug Jones is also returning as Billy Butcherson, though no details for any of the new cast members were unveiled.   

The sequel story will follow three young women who accidentally bring back the Sanderson sisters to present-day Salem, Massachusetts.

The young women must stop these, ‘child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc on the world.’   

Coming back: In May, Disney+ confirmed the sequel and announced that Parker, Midler and Najimy were all returning to reprise their roles as Sarah, Winnifred and Mary Sanderson. Seen in 1993

Coming back: In May, Disney+ confirmed the sequel and announced that Parker, Midler and Najimy were all returning to reprise their roles as Sarah, Winnifred and Mary Sanderson. Seen in 1993

Plot: The sequel story will follow three young women who accidentally bring back the Sanderson sisters to present-day Salem, Massachusetts

Plot: The sequel story will follow three young women who accidentally bring back the Sanderson sisters to present-day Salem, Massachusetts

Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) is directing Hocus Pocus 2 from a script by Jen D’Angelo, who makes her feature writing debut after writing for TV shows such as Cougar Town, Workaholics and most recently Young Rock.       

Directed by Kenny Ortega and written by Neil Cuthbert and Mick Garris, the original film followed a teenage boy (Omri Katz) who accidentally resurrects an evil coven of witches in Salem on Halloween night.

Though the sisters disintegrated into dust at the end of the movie, the concluding scene hinted that they could return.

The original Hocus Pocus only earned $45.1 million worldwide but went on to become a Halloween cult classic. 

The sequel was put into development back in 2019, with Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages) originally slated to direct before Anne Fletcher took the helm. 

Classic: The original Hocus Pocus only earned $45.1 million worldwide but went on to become a Halloween cult classic

Classic: The original Hocus Pocus only earned $45.1 million worldwide but went on to become a Halloween cult classic

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