When Pennywise the Dancing Clown returns to terrorize the Loser Gang for the second part of the film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, he’ll be surrounded by a potentially star-studded cast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, James McAvoy and Bill Hader are currently in negotiations to join Jessica Chastain in It: Chapter Two. Chastain was previously rumored to be looking to join the film and the report from THR seems to confirm that she is indeed signed for the sequel.
Chastain would be playing the adult version of Beverly “Bev” Marsh while McAvoy would be playing the adult version of the groups leader Bill Denbrough, a now successful author, played by Jaden Lieberher in the first film and Hader would be the adult version of jokester Richie Tozier, now a DJ, who was played by Finn Wolfhard in the first chapter.
Bill Skarsgard will return to play Pennywise and all the other kid actors, including Lieberher and Wolfhard, are said to be returning as well for likely flashback scenes. It was quite a hit back in September 2017, grossing $700 million worldwide assuring a sequel very quickly, following reports that New Line Cinema had contemplated filming both parts back to back before waiting to see how the first chapter did in theaters.
Chapter one found Pennywise, an ancient evil that takes the form of a clown, terrorizing a group of kids living in Derry, Maine before the kids ultimately defeat the evil and the sequel takes place 27 years later (the evil reappears every 27 years) when the evil returns and the now adults must return home to try and finish it forever.
Andy Muschietti will return as director as will screenwriter Gary Dauberman, with the sequel reportedly set to begin production in July for a September 6, 2019 release date.