‘Hocus Pocus 2’ – First Look at the Return of Doug Jones as Billy Butcherson!

The witches are back in Hocus Pocus 2 this Halloween, coming to Disney+ on September 30, 2022, and the sisters will be joined by returning character Billy Butcherson!

Doug Jones (Hellboy, “What We Do in the Shadows”) is back as the undead character, and Entertainment Weekly has just shared our first look at Billy… almost 30 years later!

Jones tells EW in the preview piece linked above, “It is seamless between the first movie and the second, that’s the first thing I felt. It keeps the pureness and nostalgia alive and well for those who grew up with the first movie, and for any new fans we’re gathering now will be excited about modernization for the current time we’re in.

“Billy came back to me immediately, it was frightening how he’s been alive while I’ve been playing other characters all these years, but, Billy’s like, ‘I wanted my chance again.'”

The film is being billed as “the spooky sequel to the 1993 Halloween classic,” with Bette MidlerSarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy all back as the beloved Sanderson Sisters.

“It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters who were executed for practicing witchcraft, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before midnight on All Hallow’s Eve.”

Anne Fletcher (The Guilt Trip) directed Hocus Pocus 2 for Disney+.

The cast includes Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl,” “Molly’s Game”) as Becca, Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt,” “Crown Lake”) as Cassie, and Belissa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories,” “The Baker and the Beauty”) as Izzy, three young women in present-day Salem who incite the wrath of the three witches. Sam Richardson (Werewolves Within) will also star. “Arrested Development” favorite Tony Hale and “Ted Lasso” actress Hannah Waddingham have also both landed roles with Froy Gutierrez, Juju Brener, Taylor Paige Henderson, and Nina Kitchen.

The Kenny Ortega-directed 1993 movie starred Omri Katz as a curious youngster who moves to Salem, Massachusetts, where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches (Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy) that were executed in the 17th century. The film also starred Thora Birch, who will not return for the sequel, unfortunately.

Jen D’Angelo (“Workaholics”) wrote the sequel’s script.

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