Taylor Henderson (Earwig and the Witch) has joined the cast of “Hocus Pocus 2.” The young actress will star alongside Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy who will reprise their roles as the delightfully wicked Sanderson Sisters in the sequel.
The film will center around three young women who accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern day Salem and they must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world.
The new lead character in Hocus Pocus 2 will be a high school aged girl named “Becca”. A loner without many friends and a stepmother she hates, Becca is an aspiring witch who manages to get her hands on a new dark flame candle at the town’s magic shop located in the Sanderson Sisters old cottage. Along with classmate, “Izzy” a confident oddball, Becca mistakenly summons the Sanderson Sisters on Halloween night leading to chaos in the town as the girls race to find a way to stop the witches who still seek youth and immortality.
Henderson will reportedly play one of the new three leads in the movie. Taylor’s credits include Ally in Sarah Silverman’s new musical The Bedwetter at the Atlantic Theater Company, Annie in Annie at Broadway Music Circus Sacramento, and Matilda in Matilda at The Public Theatre of San Antonio. Taylor can also be heard as the voice of the lead role, Earwig, in Studio Ghibli’s Earwig and The Witch.
“Hocus Pocus 2” has already begun filming under the direction of Anne Fletcher (“The Proposal,” “27 Dresses”), who is taking over directing responsibilities from her friend and colleague Adam Shankman (“Hairspray,” “The Wedding Planner”), with Lynn Harris (“The Shallows”) serving as producer. Shankman is currently in production on “Disenchanted” for the studio, which he is directing, but will remain on this project as an executive producer along with Ralph Winter (“Adrift”) and David Kirschner (“Curse of Chucky”). Steven Haft (“Tigerland”) is co-producer.
“Hocus Pocus 2” is set to premiere exclusively on Disney+ in Fall 2022.
Source: The DisInsider