Hollywood in RI: Construction underway for Hocus Pocus 2 sets in Lincoln, Providence
LINCOLN, R.I. (WLNE) – Construction is underway on the sets for the highly anticipated sequel to the cult classic Hocus Pocus.
The Disney film will shoot in Rhode Island starting in October at locations in Lincoln and Providence.
“There’s been construction going on for about three weeks now and they’re getting prepped for their filming which should be towards the middle to end of October,” said Lincoln town administrator-elect, Philip Gould.
Several buildings are currently being put up on the fields of Chase Farm in Lincoln. It will be made to emulate a New England-style village set in the 1600s.
The town-owned park will remain open to the public during construction and filming.
“It’s interesting cause this used to be just a vacant field and now there’s structures up in the middle of it, but, rest assured they’re temporary structures just for the filming of the movie and then they’ll be taken down and we wouldn’t know that they were here,” added Gould.
The film will also use the Cranston Street Armory in Providence for some scenes. The production company, Pixiedust Productions, is leasing the property for several months.
The location in Lincoln was scouted by someone who frequents the park often, Gould said.
“I believe a gentleman that comes here to walk his dog also works on locating different movie production sets and he had fell in love with it cause he walks his dog here and says, hey, I have an idea. I think this might be the perfect place for Disney to set up and it came to fruition, they worked through the town council and made it happen.”
There may be some fire scenes, he added, and the fire department is prepared to step in if things get out of hand.
Filming at the Lincoln location will take just a few days and it’s set to start in early October. According to IMDB, members of the original cast will be in the sequel.
“We’re just really happy to host it and I think this is a great opportunity for Lincoln and showcasing Chase Farm, like I said it’s a gem, we love our park and we love our open space here and we’re glad people get to enjoy it and we’re doing our concerts and now we do it for a movie set,” Gould said.
“The coolest part is we’ll be down in history with the movie so even if you fast forward 100 years, they can mention filmed in the great town of Lincoln,” said Alan Moreau, director of the Lincoln parks and recreation department.
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