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Hannah Waddingham, Doug Jones, and More Join Cast of ‘Hocus Pocus 2’

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Hannah Waddingham in 'Ted Lasso'

Now this is the kind of Halloween news we love to see: Hannah Waddingham is joining the cast of Hocus Pocus 2! The Emmy winner, best known for playing Rebecca on the smash hit series Ted Lasso, will be playing an undisclosed role in the highly anticipated sequel. Disney confirmed the sequel, and announced several new cast members on Twitter:

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Waddingham will be joined by fellow cast members Doug Jones, who will presumably be reprising his role as zombie boyfriend Billy Butcherson. Jones has had quite a career since his role in Hocus Pocus, performing in award-winning films like Pan’s Labyrinth and The Shape of Water. He’s currently a series regular on Star Trek: Discovery as Saru.

The film will follow three young girls who accidentally awaken the Sanderson sisters, and must save the town’s children from the witches. Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, and Sarah Jessica will be reprising their roles as the Sanderson sisters. No word yet on whether or not Thora Birch and Omri Katz will be reprising their roles as Dani and Max.

Joining them will be newcomers and Veep alums Tony Hale (Arrested Development) and Sam Richardson (Detroiters), along with Whitney Peak (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Lilia Buckingham (Crown Lake), Belissa Escobedo (American Horror Stories), Juju Brener (Vanquish), Froy Gutierrez (Teen Wolf), Taylor Henderson (Evil Lives Here), and Nina Kitchen.

Hocus Pocus 2 will be directed by Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, Dumplin’) from a script by Jen D’Angelo (Workaholics, Solar Opposites). Fans were all over the casting news, with some offering picks of their own:

Honestly would not be mad about a Jennifer Coolidge cameo. But that feeling can be applied to literally any film/series/situation. I’m obviously excited for Hocus Pocus 2, especially with this talented new cast. So go ahead, light the black flame candle. The witches are coming!

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Chelsea Steiner
Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.

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