It has been two years since It became the highest-grossing horror film of all time — but in Derry, Maine, 27 years have passed. It Chapter Two, based on the second half of Stephen King's terrifying 1986 novel, reunites the Loser's Club as adults. When the murders in their hometown begin anew, the group must face their worst childhood memories and defeat the evil creature they call It — or die trying. Red balloons and sweet old ladies have never been scarier. Watch the first trailer above.
The cast of It Chapter Two features the first film's child actors alongside their grown counterparts. Jessica Chastain takes over Sophia Lillis's role as Beverly, who at the end of the first film left Derry, and her abusive father, behind. James McAvoy will take over Jaeden Lieberher's role as Bill, whose desire to find his missing brother, Georgie, set the events of the first film in mostion. Bill Hader will take over Finn Wolfhard's role of Richie, aka "Trashmouth." James Ransone will play the grown version of Jack Dylan Grazer's character Eddie, the sickly boy with the controlling mother. Jay Ryan is the grown-up, slimmed-down version of bullied bookworm Ben, played by Jeremy Ray Taylor in It. Isaiah Mustafa (yes, the Old Spice Guy) will be Mike, played as a child by Chosen Jacobs. (He didn't have much to do in the first film, but will apparently get a bigger role in this one.) Stan, the rabbi's son haunted by a painting, will be played by Andy Bean, taking over from Wyatt Oleff. And of course, Bill Skarsgård will return to haunt your nightmares as Pennywise, the evil-clown manifestation of It.
Social media is enjoying the parallels between the young and older casts.
Speaking with Yahoo Entertainment in September 2017, director Andy Muschetti said that the child actors in It Chapter Two will only appear in flashback, but will be a major part of the second film.
“My idea with the flashbacks is more like recovering that dialogue between the two timelines that we love so much from the book,” Muschetti told Yahoo. “And also playing with that preexisting emotional engagement with the [Losers’ Club] and their younger versions. It’s not just flashbacks, I want the summer of ’89 to play a main role in the main plot.”
As for the villain of the title, Muschetti promised to "deepen the backstory of that monster, with the only purpose of making him more terrifying.”
It Chapter Two opens in theaters on Sept. 6.
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