The real reason Omri Katz and Vinessa Shaw aren’t in Hocus Pocus 2

Hocus pocus 2the sequel to the 1993 cult classic mumbo-jumboShe’s finally landed on Disney+.

While many familiar faces are back for the sequel, like Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson Sisters, there are a few absences fans might have questions about.

The original mumbo-jumbodirected by Kenny Ortega, saw teenage Max (Omri Katz) and his younger sister Dani (Thora Birch) meet the infamous witch trio after relocating to Salem, Massachusetts from Los Angeles, California.

On Halloween night, the brother-and-sister duo teams up with a local girl, Allison (Vinessa Shaw), to try to prevent the Sanderson sisters from returning after 300 years after their execution accidentally resurrected the witches from their graves.

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Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy return in Hocus Pocus 2 nearly 30 years after the original film was released.
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Hocus pocus 2directed by Anne Fletcher, explores the origins of the Sanderson sisters and begins with a sequence that follows younger versions of the three witches in 17th-century New England.

The film then continues in present-day Salem, where a new group of teenagers (played by Whitney Peak, Belissa Escobedo, and Lilia Buckingham) bring the sisters back from the dead.

Because the film focuses on a new group of teenagers, Katz and Shaw did not reprise their roles as Max and Allison.

EW reported that Katz said of his agent Nery Lemus, “People have been asking, and unfortunately I’m not one of them. I would have liked to take part. I’m sure they wanted to see us reprise our roles.”

That Dallas Actor, now 46, added: “I think it will be good for everyone who loved the original! I hope the fans will check it out. I know I will.”

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Omri Katz and Vinessa Shaw starred as Max and Allison in the original Hocus Pocus (1993).

The film’s director, Fletcher, previously said EW how hard it was trying to include all the beloved characters from the start mumbo-jumbo.

She told the publication, “We wanted to include all the people that the fans love, and when you sit back with all the ingredients and the story, you’re like, ‘How do we do that?’

“It was very difficult trying to share it with her because we talked about it – arduous. They try to keep up with the story even if they came in as a cameo. People said, ‘She could be in the background!’ And I think really? You’ll put the leads of the first film on the back burner and be satisfied? You will not be satisfied, you will be angry.

news week has reached out to representatives from Katz and Shaw for comment.

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Vinessa Shaw, pictured at the premiere of “We Need To Do Something” during the 2021 Tribeca Festival in New York City, has not reprized her role for the highly anticipated “Hocus Pocus” sequel.
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A star who is back is The shape of the water Actor Doug Jones, who plays the zombie version of Billy Butcherson, Midler’s character’s ex-lover.

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In the meantime, mumbo-jumbo spoke to leading lady and legendary actress Midler news week about the highly anticipated new film and how it felt to be back on set after almost 30 years and reunited with fellow witches Parker and Najimy.

Midler, 76, tells news week: “We’re really glad we got the chance to try again. When the three witches appear on screen in this new version, it’s as if Elvis entered the building. it’s so crazy Of course, I smile. It is so much fun.”

Speaking of the film’s fans, she said, “I really hope they like it. They have been so good for the past 30 years. I hope that meets their expectations.”

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Belissa Escobedo, Whitney Peak and Lilia Buckingham portray the new group of teenagers who face the infamous Sanderson Sisters in “Hocus Pocus 2.”
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Midler teased what to expect from the new episode, saying: “Well we’ve got three new witches, three beautiful new witches. And when I say beautiful, I mean beautiful, very young who don’t know what their story is. They don’t know they are witches and we have the usual tradition of the maiden lighting a candle, so that’s quite sane, families need not fear.

“But there is also a little backstory. We have Winnie and Sarah and Mary as children. I hope I don’t give anything away. So you have your origin story, your backstory, and you have the very contemporary story. It’s a great mix.”

She added: “I think they took a lot of information from the fans. I don’t want to say they were guided, but there were some [fan] influence there.”

Hocus pocus 2 can be streamed on Disney+. The real reason Omri Katz and Vinessa Shaw aren’t in Hocus Pocus 2

Rick Schindler

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