Set photographs of Hocus Pocus 2‘s Billy the zombie include affirmation of his heroic nature.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, director Anne Fletcher mentioned the return of Billy Butcherson, the lovelorn zombie from the first movie. Fletcher described the character as “In a moment of betrayal [in the scene], so you’re looking at this beloved character in such a way who’s been hurt, and it blows your socks off. I’ll never forget that.”
Actor Doug Jones, who portrayed Billy in the first Hocus Pocus again in 1993, additionally remarked on returning to the position after almost thirty years. “Billy came back to me immediately,” Jones recalled. “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.'” Jones additionally promised that Billy would lastly get one other shot at revenge on the witches who tormented him. “His hatred for the witches puts him on [the teens’] side,” Jones concluded.
The unique movie advised the story of the Sanderson Sisters, three Seventeenth-century witches by chance resurrected in the current who wreak havoc on the city of Salem, Massachusetts. Starring Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica Parker as Winnifred, Mary, and Sarah Sanderson respectively, Hocus Pocus acquired largely mediocre opinions upon launch. In the years since, the movie has maintained a cult standing, which has solely helped to construct anticipation round the upcoming sequel.
Although Jones, Midler, Najimy, and Parker are all returning for the sequel, fellow unique star Omri Katz was not requested to return. Katz, who retired from appearing in 2002 after appearances on exhibits together with Freaks and Geeks, beforehand mentioned his absence from the sequel. “People have been asking, and unfortunately, I’m not in it,” Katz mentioned. Despite not returning, the actor nonetheless provided honest hopes of success for the movie, saying, “I think it’ll be good for everyone who loved the original! I hope fans will go see it. I know I will.”
While audiences are eagerly awaiting the launch of the sequel, Hocus Pocus creator David Kirschner has expressed his hopes to increase past the two movies. (*2*) Kirschner defined.
Hocus Pocus 2 premieres on Disney+ on Sept. 30.
Source: Entertainment Weekly