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Doug Jones Interview: Hocus Pocus 2

After nearly 30 years of waiting, the Sanderson Sisters are returning to Salem in Hocus Pocus 2. The film will see three aspiring teenage witches accidentally awakening the evil trio by lighting the Black Flame candle, and must find a way to stop them before it’s too late.

Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy and Doug Jones are all reprising their roles for Hocus Pocus 2, with the cast also including franchise newcomers Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham, Belissa Escobedo, Hannah Waddingham, Tony Hale, and Sam Richardson.

Related: How Hocus Pocus’ Sanderson Sisters Get Witches Right (When Others Fail)

In anticipation of the film’s Disney+ premiere, Screen Rant spoke exclusively with star Doug Jones to discuss Hocus Pocus 2, the long road to getting the sequel off the ground, his confidence in the film, his thoughts on a potential Hellboy 3, and more.

Screen Rant: It’s exciting that we get to have you back as Billy for Hocus Pocus 2. This was a sequel that has been in the works forever. How did it feel when you finally heard the news that it was going to be moving forward?

Legacy sequels can sometimes struggle when they’ve been X amount of years after the original. How did you feel when you saw the script for this one? Did you feel confident that it was living up to the legacy of the original?

We’ve seen BTS teases of Billy’s look, and it looks very much like the original. Were any changes made, or is it still very much the Billy that audiences have come to know and love from the original?

That’s awesome, that’s a fun little extra reprisal for you there.

It works out in your favor, then. What can you tell us about how you come back? Because in the first film, you were resurrected by Winifred to hunt down their book.

I’m a huge fan of Sam Richardson. What kind of dynamic can you tease is there between you two in the film?

Well, I certainly look forward to seeing how the two of you interact on screen then because I think that’s going to be a wonderful pairing.

Billy looked like he was ready for a rest at the end of the first movie, so I’m sure he’s not ready to be woken back up again.

Much like Hocus Pocus 2, everybody has been holding out hopes for a Hellboy 3 at some point and with Ron and everybody back, what are your thoughts on that?

That is a fair point. My counter would be that Spider-Man: No Way Home brought back both Tobey and Andrew, so the door’s always open in audience’s minds.

I think that it would be a fun one to see. Did you see the reboot as well when it came out?

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”), Froy Gutierrez (“Teen Wolf”), and Tony Hale (“Veep”). The film is 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.

Hocus Pocus 2 begins streaming on Disney+ on September 30.

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