Warner Bros. has released an IT Chapter 2 cast photo, now that filming on the horror movie sequel is officially underway. The IT Chapter 2 cast has been teasing the start of production for the past couple of weeks though their social media accounts. Most recently, a series of behind the scenes photos was released online, offering a sneak peek at what the grown-up version of The Losers' Club will look like in the film.
Drawing from the second half of Stephen King's novel (which the first IT didn't adapt), Chapter 2 picks up 27 years after the events of its predecessor. The Losers are grown-up and have gone their separate ways when the sequel begins, but must reunite and return to Derry, Maine when they learn that Pennywise the Dancing Clown (once again played by Bill Skarsgård) has indeed completed his nearly 30 years of rest and is feeding on the town's citizens yet again. Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy are playing adult versions of Beverly Marsh and Bill Denbrough in the sequel, with Jay Ryan playing Ben Hanscom, James Ransone playing Eddie Kaspbrak, Isaiah Mustafa playing Mike Hanlon, Bill Hader playing Richie Tozier, and Andy Bean playing Stanley Uris.
Following the cast's social media teases, WB has confirmed that IT Chapter 2 is now officially in production, with IT helmsman Andy Muschietti once again directing from a script by writer Gay Dauberman. You can check out the movie's first official cast photo, below:
It's not altogether clear yet how IT Chapter 2 will differ from the second part of King's novel, other than it takes place in the present and not the 1980s (much like IT Chapter 1 was set in the '80s and not the '50s). However, it has been revealed that Chapter 2 will start out the same way the '80s-set portion of King's book does - with Pennywise killing Adrian Mellon (Xavier Dolan), a young gay man from Derry, right after he's assaulted by three homophobic men. It has also been reported that Teach Grant is playing the adult version of The Losers' childhood bully Henry Bowers, who returns to further torment the characters as adults (like he does in King's book).
With The Losers now modern-day adults who are forced to reckon with their traumatic childhood experiences at long last, IT Chapter 2 promises to be a rather different film than its predecessor, at least thematically. Muschietti and Dauberman did justice by the story and themes of King's source material with the first IT, and were rewarded for their efforts with some massive, record-breaking box office returns. With a great cast of adults at their disposal this time (plus the young Loser actors, who are returning for flashbacks), there's fair reason to think that the creatives will knock it out of the park here. Indeed, IT Chapter 2 might even prove to be a better movie than its predecessor.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures
- IT Chapter Two (2019) release date: Sep 06, 2019