Hocus Pocus original star, Vinessa Shaw, hasn’t heard anything about reprising her role for the sequel film. Released in 1993, Hocus Pocus quickly became a cult classic and one of the most popular Halloween films of all time. Starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters, Hocus Pocus follows Max (Omri Katz ), his younger sister, Dani (Thora Birch), their neighbor, Allison (Shaw), and a talking cat named Binx (Jason Marsden) as they attempt to defeat the trio of witches before they devour the souls of all the children in Salem, Massachusetts.
Last year, Disney lit the Black Flame Candle for Hocus Pocus fans with the announcement that Hocus Pocus 2 was officially in the works. Slated to debut on Disney+ in the Fall of 2022, Hocus Pocus 2 will feature the return of Midler, Parker, and Najimy as Winnie, Sarah, and Mary Sanderson. Directed by Anne Fletcher, the sequel film has kept major plot details tightly under wraps and has led to speculations on how the Sanderson witches could return. Last month, it was confirmed that Hocus Pocus 2 had started filming in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Speaking with ComicBook, Shaw says she hasn’t been approached to reprise her role as Allison for Hocus Pocus 2. Recently starring in the film, The Blazing World, Shaw reveals she believes the premise of Hocus Pocus 2 could be entirely different than the original. Admitting that filming Hocus Pocus was a “mind-blowing” experience, Shaw states that she hopes the sequel film is just as cool as the first. Check out Shaw’s full statement on reprising her role as Allison below:
I would love to know more about it. I haven’t heard anything. So it may be just that it’s way [early] in pre-production or it’s maybe something entirely different than the original. I haven’t heard anything, sadly. That movie just, it blew my mind to be able to do that movie as a young child growing up on Disney movies. It just was an amazing second film to have done. It brought me to basically love filmmaking because, up to that point, I hadn’t really done anything that big.So to be able to, again, have everyone love it … So I hope the second one is just as cool.
As it stands, Hocus Pocus 2 is expected to center on three young women who accidentally resurrect the Sanderson sisters and embark on a mission to stop the titular child-hungry witches from wreaking havoc. For now, it remains to be seen if Hocus Pocus 2 will follow the premise of the young adult novel, Hocus Pocus & The All-New Sequel. Penned by A.W. Jantha, the book takes place 25 years after the Sanderson sisters are turned to stone, and follows the teenage daughter of Max and Allison, Poppy Dennison.
Of course, the unwavering success of Hocus Pocus can be attributed to its stellar cast, comedic relief, Halloween thrills, and a memorable soundtrack. Hocus Pocus 2 is certainly one of the most anticipated titles coming to Disney+ in 2022. As for Shaw, even if the actress doesn’t reprise her role as Allison, she remains part of the Hocus Pocus legacy. Indeed, if Shaw were confirmed to return, it could be expected that a grown-up Max and Dani would also make cameo appearances. Perhaps further details about Hocus Pocus 2 will finally be unveiled in the upcoming Disney+ Day in November.