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Why Hocus Pocus 2’s Billy Actor Is Very Confident About Sequel

Hocus Pocus 2 Billy star Doug Jones reveals why he’s so positive about the sequel’s performance. The upcoming film follows Kenny Ortega’s 1993 film, which has become a cult classic over the years. In the new film, original stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kathy Najimy reunite as Winifred, Mary and Sarah, aka the Sanderson Sisters, as they are unleashed in present-day Salem by three high school students nearly three decades after being defeated by Max and Dani.

While the whole story of Hocus Pocus 2 is unclear, the film would see the infamous Sanderson Sisters terrorizing children in a modern setting. The recent Hocus Pocus 2 trailer also showed that the film would delve into the past of Winifred, Mary and Sarah, tracing their origins and their later transformation into notorious witches. Some other legacy characters also return in addition to the Sanderson sisters. This includes Jones’ Billy Butcherson, Winifred’s former lover who cheated on her with her sister Sarah. Billy was killed by Winifred for his infidelity, but he was raised from the dead as a zombie in the 1993 film. After the Sanderson Sisters are defeated, Billy goes back to sleep, but in Hocus Pocus 2Billy will return to help Winifred on her mission.

Now, in an exclusive interview with Screen RantJones explains why he chose to reprise his role as Billy in Hocus Pocus 2 and why is he so confident the movie will be a hit. As the actor reveals, he decided to play Billy again after learning that the original Sanderson Sisters trio were returning and Anne Fletcher, who has a rich film portfolio, was directing. Fletcher and the collaboration of the original stars gave Jones confidence in the film, and as he later realized, his hunch was not wrong because Hocus Pocus 2 was able to authentically capture the nuances of the 1993 film. Read what Jones had to say below.

I did, especially upon learning that the three witches had also returned, when Bette, Sarah, and Kathy had all signed up to return. I don’t keep in touch with Bette all the time, but I knew her well enough as a professional that she wouldn’t say yes, unless the script was right, or unless she was involved to collaboration with rewrites and its realization. so, so I trust him. Also when I first heard that our director was Anne Fletcher who stayed – our director for the first film was Kenny Ortega with his background in dance music and making films that were big and lively and colorful , and I knew we were in the same good hands as Anne Fletcher, with her incredible experience as a director with films in which she understands comedy, she also understands shapes, colors and movement, and she directs in rhythm . So I felt really confident about it and coming back and coming back on set was then, I wasn’t wrong, the vibe was still the same. It’s more modern now, in real life, but when you see Bette and Sarah and Kathy and I all redone in our original looks and costumes and makeup hair, it’s like, “Wow, that was almost like if no time had elapsed at all.” Everyone has the same personalities, we all clicked into our characters so easily with all the quirks and quirks and the relationships were still there. I always had biting comments with Winifred, everything was in place and Billy came back to me so easily. I don’t know what it was, it’s always lived inside me all these years. [Laughs] He kind of woke up with the costume, the makeup and the hair, it was pretty easy.

As previous trailers for the film have shown, Hocus Pocus 2 benefits a lot from the nostalgia, so it makes sense that Jones found the experience so similar to that of filming the 1993 film. it was up to Jones to commit to the film easily, as the elements gave him confidence that the sequel would not dishonor the original film. Additionally, the return of the original Sanderson Sisters trio was also important to Jones. He knows the stars professionally and is sure they wouldn’t agree to a film unless the writing and the story appeased them. So when Middler, Najimy and Parker signed on for the film, Jones felt reassured, knowing the trio would be able to recreate the magic of the 1993 film. the Sanderson Sisters stars reunited to Hocus Pocus 2there was nothing but giddy, and with their amiable chemistry intact, they quickly and seamlessly returned to their roles.

Another thing Jones highlights is that new director Fletcher has understood Ortega’s cinematography enough and correctly. Fletcher has a good understanding of the comedy genre, and as a result, she was able to permeate Hocus Pocus 2 featuring the same vibrant visuals and original numbers that made the original film so beloved. Adding that to the mix with other elements like returning star contentment and the similar tone, it was clear to Jones that Hocus Pocus 2 has the perfect recipe for success, which made it easier for him to agree to return for his role as Billy. Jones is fully optimistic that Hocus Pocus 2 will be a hit, though pricing for the film won’t become clear until it hits Disney+ later this month.

Key Release Dates

  • Hocus Pocus 2 Official Poster

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