Earlier this week, we got the first trailer for Disney+’s highly-anticipated original movie, Hocus Pocus 2. The film sees the return of Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson sisters. However, fans have been curious if other original cast members will return.
Featured in the first trailer were a couple of shots of a black cat. Of course, this lead fans to believe this could be the return of Thackery Binx. In the 1993 original, Thackery is a teen boy from Salem who was cursed by the Sanderson sisters to take the form of an immortal black cat. After the Sandersons were defeated in the first film, Thackery takes his human form (played by Sean Murray) and reunites with his sister in the afterlife.
Sadly, Jason Marsden, who was the voice of Binx, took to his Instagram to let fans know he isn’t a part of the sequel. “Some unnamed entertainment periodical contacted me to ask if I was in it. I’ll tell you what I told them…” Marsden says in the video the new movie “looks awesome!” and “that cat better be female,” possibly alluding to the black cat being a different character. As of now, it’s unclear whether the character will return voiced by a different actor, or if a different black cat is featured in the film.
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.
Hocus Pocus 2 also stars Sam Richardson (The Tomorrow War), Doug Jones (The Shape of Water), Hannah Waddingham (Ted Lasso), Whitney Peak (Gossip Girl), Belissa Escobedo (American Horror Stories), Lilia Buckingham (Dirt), Froyan Gutierrez (Teen Wolf), and Tony Hale (The Mysterious Benedict Society). The film is directed by Anne Fletcher (Dumplin, The Proposal) and produced by Lynn Harris (King Richard, The Shallows), with Ralph Winter (Hocus Pocus, X-Men franchise), David Kirschner (Hocus Pocus, Chucky), and Adam Shankman (Disenchanted, Hairspray) serving as executive producers.