With all the members of the grown-up Losers' Club cast for next years' It: Chapter Two, the upcoming sequel has officially cast Teach Grant as the adult version of their archenemy Henry Bowers, as well as Jess Weixler as Bill Denbrough's wife, Audra Phillips. Bowers was believed to have died in the first movie, despite surviving the initial Pennywise attacks as a child in Stephen King's novel, and this casting news finally puts the uncertainty of his fate to rest.
Set 27 years after the events of the first movie, It: Chapter Two revisits Derry, Maine as it's plagued yet again by the child-eating creature known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, or simply It. Now, the original Losers' Club - consisting of Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy), Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain), Richie Tozier (Bill Hader), Mike Hanlon (Isaiah Mustafa), Ben Hanscom (Jay Ryan), Eddie Kaspbrak (James Ransone), and Stanley Uris (Andy Bean) - reunite in order to settle their score with Pennywise once and for all. Directed by Andy Muschietti and adapted for the screen by Gary Dauberman, It: Chapter Two is not only plagued by an interdimensional being, but a human threat as well.
Now that the main characters have been officially confirmed for the upcoming It sequel, Teach Grant joins the cast as the adult Henry Bowers, while Jess Weixler joins as Bill's wife Audra Phillips, according to Variety. In the novel, Henry (who was portrayed by Nicholas Hamilton in the first movie) is serving time in Juniper Hill Asylum as an adult, while Audra is first introduced in the second half of the story when the characters have all grown up. Both characters eventually visit Derry later on in the story once the Losers have already begun their respective journeys, but with very different motives.
Though this will be the first Stephen King adaptation that the two have starred in, Grant and Weixler have quite a bit experience in the horror genre. Grant has starred in movies and television shows like The Tall Man, Leprechaun: Origins, and Supernatural, while Weixler is perhaps best known for her lead role in the horror movie Teeth.
Given that the first adaptation of It took some creative liberties with King's original novel in order to consolidate the 1,138-page novel, it remains to be seen whether or not Henry's storyline will differ significantly in the sequel. At the end of the first movie, he falls down a massive well, presumably to his death - so the details of his survival will likely be a focal point in his narrative. Audra, on the other hand, ends up being thrust into the events of the story by mere association.
- IT Chapter Two (2019) release date: Sep 06, 2019