We’ve got all the latest scoops on the cast members for the film, the release date and lots more. Here's everything we know so far about It: Chapter 2.
When director Andy Muschietti dropped a 2017 remake of Stephen King’s classic 1986 novel of the same name, it received highly positive responses from cinema-goers, got rave reviews from movie critics and broke box-office numbers and records.
Now Muschietti has returned to direct the highly-anticipated sequel titled It: Chapter 2. Here's everything we know so far.
It: Chapter 2 is set to drop in cinema halls on 6th September 2019.
Beverly Marsh, who was played by Sophia Lillis in the first movie, is now played by Jessica Chastain in the sequel.
And here is Sophia passing one of the balloons to Chastain in a Twitter post from last year.
When she appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s show, she teased one scene from the sequel by saying:
“In the movie, there’s a scene…someone said on set that it’s the most blood that’s ever been in a horror film. In a scene.”
James McAvoy plays Bill Denbrough, who in the first movie, was played by Jaeden Lieberher.
Bill Hader plays adult Richie Tozier, succeeding Finn Wolfhard who played the character’s younger version.
Jay Ryan takes over Jeremy Ray Taylor’s Ben Hanscom character.
Portraying adult Eddie Kaspbrak is James Ransone, who was played by Jake Dylan Grazer in Chapter 1.
Andy Bean steps in as adult Stan Uris, who’s kid version was played by Wyatt Oleff in the first entry.
Isaiah Mustafa is cast as adult Mike, who was played by Chosen Jacobs on the first movie.
And last but certainly not least, Bill Skarsgard dances his way back as the haunting Pennywise, as he is especially stoked about the adult cast that he has gotten to work with by saying:
“I'm really looking forward to it. It's going to be a very different experience this time around, just given the fact that you have all of these incredible, seasoned actors to play against, as opposed to having all the kids. So it's going to be a different experience for sure. But I'm looking forward to it."
Even before the release of the first film, producer Roy Lee said in an interview with Collider on February 16, 2016, "[Dauberman] wrote the most recent draft working with [Muschietti], so it's being envisioned as two movies."
Then on July 19, 2017, director Muschietti said that the team planned to start production for the sequel to It next spring saying, “We'll probably have a script for the second part in January . Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 27 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."
On July 21, 2017, Muschietti was interested in including dialogue in the second movie that he wouldn’t get to use for the first one by saying "... it seems like we're going to do it. It's the second half, it's not a sequel. It's the second half and it's very connected to the first one." He then goes on to say that two cutscenes from the first movie will hopefully be included in the second, one of which includes the fire at the Black Spot from the book.
Principal photography started out on June 19, 2018, and then wrapped up on October 30, 2018.
Here’s the official plot for the movie by Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema:
"Twenty-seven years after the events of the summer of 1989, It (Bill Skarsgård) returns. The Losers' Club fulfill their promises and return to Derry to put an end to the evil being once and for all. Unbeknownst to them, It has returned, stronger and crueler than ever."
There was exclusive footage that was showcased at CinemaCon, which sadly, I couldn’t attend, but IndieWire did. IW reports that the scene from the sequel had frightened nearly everyone in attendance.
It was an extended scene from the movie that showed Jessica Chastain (Beverly) ringing the doorbell of her old apartment. Answering the door was an old lady who had informed Bev that her father passed away. When Bev came inside, she gets a poem postcard which was also when the old lady started acting strangely and was sweating.
The old woman then asked, “You know what they say about Derry? No one who dies here really dies.” The old lady when reveals a scar on her chest and was then completely exposed in the kitchen. She then charged right at Bev which was when the trailer cuts off and transitions to the other characters of the movie in a montage, with Pennywise floating upon balloons and a final shot of him saying “hello” to a small child.
The first ever footage of the sequel was shown back in last year’s San Diego Comic-Con. It still hasn’t been publicly released, but it has been reported that the Losers Club kids, who are now grown up, gathered back together again at a Chinese restaurant for the first time since their 1989 pact. As adults, hardly any of them can remember their childhood or one another.
James McAvoy who plays Bill Denbrough has a full head of hair, finally covering up that Professor X baldness (Note: Bill loses that gorgeous mane in the book). Bill stares for a long time at his friends that he still doesn’t recall until Bill Hader who plays adult Richie bangs an old ceremonial gong and shouted “What’s up losers?! So what do y’all want to talk about?” It was at this point that adult Eddie Kaspbrak James Ransone muttered in disbelief “holy s***.”
This scene is from a sizzle reel which also features Jessica Chastain’s adult Bev who checks her phone after being freaked out by something.