Hocus Pocus 2 Footage Reveals Sam Richardson’s New Character Is Magical – Topplaywriting
New footage from Disney’s Hocus Pocus 2 confirms that Sam Richardson’s new character Gilbert practices powerful spells for candle magic. New Hocus Pocus 2 footage seemingly reveals that Sam Richardson’s new character, Gilbert, practices magic. The highly-anticipated sequel follows Disney’s 1993 Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus, starring Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy. The iconic trio conjured up magic as the Sanderson sisters, a coven of witches hellbent on staying young forever. Nearly three decades later, Disney green-lit a sequel to the family flick, featuring the return of all three original stars.
Hocus Pocus 2 filmed across Rhode Island in the fall of 2021 with director Anne Fletcher (The Proposal) at the helm. Picking up 29 years after its predecessor, the story sees Salem high school students Becca (Whitney Peak), Cassie (Lilia Buckingham), and Izzy (Belissa Escobedo) learn of a tradition by which witches receive their magical abilities on their 16th birthday. Mayhem ensues when they light the Black Flame Candle and inadvertently awaken the Sanderson Sisters. The sequel also welcomes stars like Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham and Richardson into the fold. Audiences got a first look at Richardson’s mysterious Gilbert, a magic shop owner, in the Hocus Pocus 2 trailer, but most details about his character are still unknown.
In addition to Izzy and Becca bringing back the Sanderson sisters in the Hocus Pocus 2 trailer, this reveal marks the third new character to practice magic in the Disney sequel. Given this, Gilbert’s powers position at least three protagonists who can use magic against the powerful witches. This development is already a stark difference from the original film, where the main trio of Max, Allison and Dani don’t have any magical abilities to combat the villains in their arsenal. Of course, it’s unknown if Gilbert actually possesses magic or merely thinks he does.
The Villain Is The 4th Sanderson Sister. Disney+ is releasing a highly anticipated sequel to Hocus Pocus. Audiences have already started to theorize that the film introduces a new villain. Disney’s long-awaited Hocus Pocus 2 will see the return of the three Sanderson sisters, but the storys new villain could be an evil fourth witch. In 2019, it was announced that Hocus Pocus would be getting a sequel. The films plot revolves around three young women who bring the Sanderson sisters back once again. After accidentally releasing the child-eating witches, they are forced to stop them. The film is set to be released on Disney+ in the fall of 2022.
The idea of a Hocus Pocus sequel has been floating around for over a decade. Before production even began, the plot went through several major adjustments, and in 2012 Disney was reportedly working on a sequel titled Hocus Pocus 2: Rise of the Elderwitch (via NME). This idea did not last long, however. In 2017, Disney began planning a Hocus Pocus sequel in the form of a Disney Channel movie without the original witches (via Deadline). Eventually, the studio decided on a sequel that still stars Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler, and Kathy Najimy, likely due to audiences being upset over their potential absence.
The casting of Hannah Waddingham in an unknown role has led to theories surrounding a fourth Sanderson sister. Audiences have drawn on the original Elderwitch title as well as the Hocus Pocus sequel novel in hopes of uncovering the plot, and one idea has risen closer to the surface. Some viewers hypothesize that the fourth Sanderson witch will be the sequels new villain.