New IT Chapter Two character posters highlight how the Losers have changed in the 27 years since Pennywise menaced the town of Derry in the first film. Based on the Stephen King novel, 2017’s IT proved that killer clowns can be killer box office, grossing over $700 million worldwide.
Of course, the first IT only adapted half of King’s voluminous 1986 novel, covering the lives of the Losers’ Club as they first encountered Pennywise the clown as kids in the 1980s (they were ‘50s kids in the original book). Though the kids seemingly vanquished Pennywise after venturing into the sewers and rescuing Beverly (Sophia Lillis) from the killer clown’s clutches, the horror is in fact not over. IT Chapter Two picks up the story 27 years later with the Losers now adults who only vaguely remember their first encounter with Pennywise. With the alien clown once again menacing Derry, the Losers must reassemble in their childhood home and literally face their demons all over again.
Ahead of the second movie’s release this week, new IT Chapter Two character posters have come out (via ComicBookMovie.com) spotlighting the seven members of the Losers’ Club both as adults and kids. Of course, the presence of Pennywise is felt in the images as well thanks to the sinister red balloons. See the posters in the space below:
As revealed by the movie's trailers, the younger versions of the Losers will make appearances in the new film via flashbacks, but of course the sequel will mostly focus on the adult iterations of the characters as they find themselves revisiting the horror they thought they left behind. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Bill Hader head up the cast as the grown-up Bill Denbrough, Bev Marsh and Richie Tozier respectively, together with Isaiah Mustafa (Mike Hanlson), Jay Ryan (Ben Hanscom), James Ransone (Eddie Kapsbrak) and Andy Bean (Stanley Uris). And of course, Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise.
Of course, much of the success of the original film was owed to the young cast and the nostalgic nature of the '80s-set story, but the new film will not have the nostalgia angle going for it and will be centered mostly on completely different actors. It remains to be seen if audiences will take to the second half of the IT story as strongly as they did to the first half. Critics have thus far been somewhat mixed in their assessment of the sequel, and the movie does have the potential to wear out people's patience with its 3-hour run time. All indications however are that IT Chapter Two will be a huge hit, with some projections saying the movie could make as much as $110 million its opening weekend.
- IT Chapter Two (2019) release date: Sep 06, 2019