Original film cast member Thora Birch will not be reprising her role as Dani Dennison in Hocus Pocus 2 for Disney+.
Thora Birch was one of the three children who faced the sisters back in the original 1993 movie.
She expressed how she was “dismayed” to not get the chance to be part of the production. Birch noted that she would have even merely been on the set to show her support for the endeavor, but scheduling conflicts prevented even that from happening.
“I was just a little dismayed I wasn’t able to make it,” Birch shared with Entertainment Tonight. “I was working on something else when they were filming … Otherwise I was definitely going to be there on set with the girls.”
She added, “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.”
Bette Midler (“The First Wives Club,” “Beaches”), Sarah Jessica Parker (“Sex and the City,” “Divorce”), and Kathy Najimy (“Sister Act,” “Younger”) star as Winifred, Sarah, and Mary, the delightfully wicked Sanderson sisters who bewitched audiences in the 1993 film “Hocus Pocus.” Doug Jones (“The Shape of Water,” “What We Do in the Shadows”) also returns as Billy Butcherson. Joining them are Whitney Peak (“Gossip Girl,” “Molly’s Game”) as Becca, Lilia Buckingham (“Dirt,” “Crown Lake”) as Cassie, and Belissa Escobedo (“American Horror Stories,” “The Baker and the Beauty”) as Izzy, three young women in present-day Salem who incite the wrath of the three witches.
It’s been 29 years since someone lit the Black Flame Candle and resurrected the 17th-century sisters who were executed for practicing witchcraft, and they are looking for revenge. Now it is up to three high-school students to figure out how to stop the ravenous witches from wreaking a new kind of havoc on Salem before midnight on All Hallow’s Eve.
Hocus Pocus 2 hits Disney+ on September 30th.
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Source: Entertainment Tonight
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