At a Halloween event that year, Midler and Najimy both cited their excitement for the project. “Oh, I hope they get to me before I’m a corpse,” Midler told Entertainment Tonight. “We wanna fly again. I hope Disney Plus is a big success, and I hope we get to do it, because [Winifred] is of course one of my favorite characters…. We’re gonna see what happens.”
Added Najimy, “I heard about it online the same time as [everyone else]. But here’s the honest answer: Sarah and Bette and I all have a million projects and things that we’re into, so I don’t know if they’re gonna offer us [roles]. I don’t know if the worlds are going to collide so that we could all three do it at the same time. But I’m happy that it’s happening, because the fans are really rabid and they really want it. If we’re not all available to star in it, I think it would be so great to do a cameo. I think that’d be really fun.”
Thankfully, on May 20, 2021, Disney+ confirmed that the Sanderson sisters are officially on board! “Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy will reprise their roles as the delightfully wicked Sanderson Sisters in the live-action comedy Hocus Pocus 2,” it shared in a press release.
Enjoy some plot details! “It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century 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.”
A bunch of stars have been added to the cast. On October 31, Deadline reported that Tony Hale, Sam Richardson, and Hannah Waddingham have been added to the cast of Hocus Pocus 2. Yes, Hannah Waddingham from Game of Thrones and Ted Lasso. We’re excited too!
…and some more cast news. Hocus Pocus 2 also stars Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Whitney Peak (Gossip Girl), Lilia Buckingham (Dirt), Belisa Escobedo (American Horror Stories), Juju Brener (Vanquish), Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf), Taylor Paige Henderson, and Nina Kitchen.
The first look at Parker, Midler, and Najimy in costume was shared by Bette Midler. “Sistaaaaahs! ‘Tis time,” she captioned the post.