She’s back! After rumors began swirling in April about a potential Hocus Pocus 2, the sequel to the Disney cult classic is finally here! Fans of the original may be pleased to know that the new film will feature Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy reprising their roles as the Sanderson sisters; but, there are some differences. For one thing, Thora Birch isn’t returning as Max Dennison. Winnie Sanderson Is Back In Hocus Pocus 2!

Why we want Bette Midler back in a sequel

Okay, so there’s no way Bette Midler will be returning as Winifred Winnie Sanderson in Hocus Pocus 2. After all, she is one of Hollywood’s biggest stars now. But that doesn’t mean we’re not still pumped for Disney to create a sequel to their 1993 cult classic. One actress who does have a chance at playing Winnie again? Taylor Paige Henderson, who played young Winifred in Disney Channel’s 2013 reboot of Hocus Pocus . While Henderson has yet to confirm that she’ll be reprising her role as Winifred (or even involved with a potential sequel), it seems like she’d be a good fit to take over from Midler. How so? Scroll down below and let us know what you think.

Why Taylor Paige Henderson should play the role

Taylor Paige Henderson is an award-winning actress. She has been nominated for many awards including an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award. Taylor’s versatility as an actress makes her a prime candidate to fill Bette Midler’s shoes again. Taylor most recently starred in , Catwalk, and Pillow Talk. Throughout these shows,

Winnie Sanderson Is Back In Hocus Pocus 2!
Winnie Sanderson Is Back In Hocus Pocus 2!

Taylor portrayed many different characters ranging from teenager to single mother of twins, which will make her transition into Winnie a seamless one. Because of Taylor’s ability to act out multiple roles she has proven that she has what it takes to portray Winnie flawlessly at any age; even when playing as young Winnie who would be 20 years younger than Taylor’s real age.

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Taylor Paige Henderson Play as young Winnie Sanderson

She is such a fun character. I don’t know how much of what I do on screen comes from Bette Midler, but I hope it is true. She has so much personality in herself and we have so much in common that it makes acting easy. She was also there as support while filming, she was like my big sister and gave me courage. Her motivation means so much to me. Since when I saw her on set being happy to help with everything I knew that it would be a great experience making movies with her. The chemistry between us worked very well and we are still friends now which makes working together even better since we know each other better now than before we started filming Hocus Pocus 2.

Who should direct it

Jon Landis, who also wrote and directed Animal House. This movie is a satire on greed and materialism, so for sure he’d be great for it. Hocus Pocus was one of his earlier films but it’s one that won’t ever get old. The script was great, so I have faith in him to come up with something special and new for a sequel. Hollywood isn’t known for doing things like what I’m proposing here though unfortunately…but how many times do you see a prequel? It’s a beautiful thing when they are done right; they can change everything you knew about a character or franchise.

Winnie Sanderson Is Back In Hocus Pocus 2!
Winnie Sanderson Is Back In Hocus Pocus 2!

A dream cast for Hocus Pocus 2

Bette Midler as Winnie Sanderson, her daughter Taylor Paige Henderson as young Winnie Sanderson, Kathy Najimy as Mary Wendell (her mother) and Sarah Jessica Parker as Maxine Harvey( her other sister). And what about Dan Aykroyd and Bruce Willis reprising their roles as Thackery Binx and Jesse? I can’t think of a better cast. Tell me what you think.

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What did Bette Midler say about Hocus Pocus?

Here’s what Bette Midler had to say: I just got a call yesterday, it’s official, we’re doing another one. We’re bringing it back, we’re going to do Hocus Pocus 2. I can die happy now! No, I mean it. I was like, ‘We have to have a party. We have to call people and tell them. It has been so much fun talking about this with you. It has been 25 years since the original movie came out and then it will be 30 years, but they never did anything more with it in the sense of putting more into the universe that there is for Hocus Pocus, so we are working on something really big – way bigger than we expected. They would have us shooting the beginning of next year or something because they want to try to get as much done as possible before there is any kind of writers’ strike or anything like that. But I think there will be something sooner than that.

Which Sanderson sister is Winnie?

Winnie is originally portrayed by Bette Midler. She’s a great singer, songwriter and composer and she’ll lead her sisters in their life-long search for fresh virgin children to use in their lusty spells. The role of young Winnie has been taken over by Taylor Paige Henderson (Mermaids of Tiburon, Beyond Clueless), while both Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy will return as Mary and Sarah respectively. Earlier reports had alleged that Sandra Bullock would be playing Winifred Sanderson too, but we’re sad to report that those rumors were false.

Winnie Sanderson Is Back In Hocus Pocus 2!
Winnie Sanderson Is Back In Hocus Pocus 2!

Are Bette Midler’s teeth real in Hocus Pocus?

Bette Midler’s iconic cackle, lovable energy and colorful outfits were hallmarks of her character in Hocus Pocus. But it turns out there was one thing that was a little too good to be true: Midler’s bright smile. The 64-year-old actress’ signature crooked teeth are actually false — and she had them specially made for her role as Winnie Sanderson in Disney’s 1993 blockbuster. At a press conference held for Sony Pictures Entertainment when Hocus Pocus celebrated its 20th anniversary, Midler revealed how she gave birth to those ivory incisors: The teeth I wore were custom made, said Midler.

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Are the Sanderson sisters based on a true story?

There are rumors that Sarah, Mary and Winifred may have been based on a real-life family of witches. For example, one legend about a wealthy man in colonial Salem, Massachusetts says he killed his wife with an axe because she was a witch. He was convicted and hanged for his crime in 1692. The man’s children were sent to live with another family in Salem where they performed bewitching tricks on neighbors, friends and family members to make them sick or even die.

Where did the word hocus pocus come from?

The words hocus pocus have been traced back to 17th century England. It’s actually a shortened version of what magicians would say while they were performing: Hoc est corpus, meaning this is my body. It was used as a signal that whatever you were about to see could not be explained by any scientific means or natural law. We think it sounds better as hocus pocus, though!

What Halloween movie is Bette Midler in?

That’s correct, she was in another Halloween movie before playing Winnie Sanderson in Hocus Pocus. She played Bathsheba Everdene in 1993’s adaptation of 19th century author Thomas Hardy’s Far From The Madding Crowd. But that was a long time ago – and who among us can’t be forgiven for having lost touch with her work after all these years? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered…

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