Original Hocus Pocus actor is 'dismayed' she won't feature in the sequel

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Original Hocus Pocus actor is 'dismayed' she won't feature in the sequel

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In just a few days, Hocus Pocus 2 will be dropping on DIsney+, reuniting our favourite Sanderson sisters.

But one OG cast member has spoken out this week, explaining how disappointed she is not to be involved in the movie.

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Thora Birch - who played Dani Dennison in the 1993 film - has said she was 'dismayed' not to be taking part.

Speaking to ET Online, Birch revealed that while she was set to reprise her role as a grown-up Dani, filming for the movie clashed with her schedule.

"I was just a little dismayed I wasn’t able to make it. I was working on something else when they were filming, otherwise I was definitely going to be there on set with the girls," she said.

"I can’t wait to see what they do with it. I know they’re taking a completely different, fresh approach, so I’m excited."

Hocus Pocus 2 will see the return of cast members Bette Midler (Winnie), Sarah Jessica Parker (Sarah) and Kathy Najimy (Mary).

Thora Birch - who played Dani Dennison in the 1993 film - said she was 'dismayed' not to be taking part. Credit: Photo 12/Alamy Stock Photo
Thora Birch - who played Dani Dennison in the 1993 film - said she was 'dismayed' not to be taking part. Credit: Photo 12/Alamy Stock Photo

Picking up 29 years after the events of the first movie, three high school students - Becca (played by Whitney Peak), Cassie (played by Lilia Buckingham) and Izzy (played by Belissa Escobedo) - manage to awaken the Sanderson sisters and accidentally unleash them on Salem.

The group of friends end up awakening the witches after they learn of a special ritual where witches get their powers on their 16th birthday.

As any teenager who discovered they might be in line for magic powers would, the three light the Black Flame Candle which can raise the spirits of the dead as long as it remains lit.

The plot explains: "Three young women accidentally bring the Sanderson Sisters back to modern-day Salem and must figure out how to stop the child-hungry witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on the world."

The original movie begins on Halloween night in Salem, Massachusetts in 1693 where a local teen named Thackery Binx attempts to save his younger sister from the evil witches.

Hocus Pocus 2 will be available to stream on Disney+ on 30 September. Credit: AJ Pics/Alamy Stock Photo
Hocus Pocus 2 will be available to stream on Disney+ on 30 September. Credit: AJ Pics/Alamy Stock Photo

His efforts are not successful and the Sanderson sisters transform him into a black cat, cursed to live forever with his guilt for not saving little Emily.

Fast forward to 1993, and teenager Max Dennison accidentally awakens the witches once again. Along with his younger sister Dani and friend Allison, they try to capture the witches before they drain the youth from all of the town's children.

Hocus Pocus 2 will be available to stream on Disney+ on 30 September.

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Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Disney Plus

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