9/12/2017

'It' Sequel Details Emerge, Director Wants Jessica Chastain For Role


Pennywise is smiling right now, and he doesn't even have one of the Losers Club in his clutches. Andy Muschietti's adaptation of Stephen King's It sank its teeth into a number of box office records last weekend, and before New Line/Warner Bros. were done tallying up the haul, work had already begun on a sequel that would take place 27 years later. Yep, the kids will be all grown up for their next clash with the evil clown, but does that mean the original cast is done?

New details on Chapter 2 have been revealed by EW's conversation with Andy and his sister, producer Barbara Muschietti, and the first is that the younger actors will be returning. They'll be around for flashbacks that play a part in defining the present-day adult versions of their characters. The hope is to get the flashback scenes done quickly before the actors grow up too much, but that can't happen until the sequel is official green lit. That hasn't happened yet but you can bet it'll be soon

Muschietti made more than his share of changes to King's novel in the first movie, and that looks to continue moving forward. One of the biggest changes will be to the grown up version of Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs), who is the only member of the Losers Club to stay in the town of Derry, Maine to watch out for signs of Pennywise's return. As one of the few African-Americans in town, Mike is constantly tormented (similar to the way Stan is bullied for being Jewish) and, along with his studies into Derry's evil history, it has taken a drastic toll on him. The director says...

“My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book. I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he’s a wreck...“He’s not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind.”

As for who will play the adult versions of the characters, names are already being kicked around. One of our readers mentioned on Facebook that Jessica Chastain would be a great choice to play Bev, since she and Sophia Lillis, who plays the character now, look so similar. When Variety notes the similarity, Andy Muschietti agrees...

“I don’t know, does she? [Laughs] Jessi is an amazing actress and very good friend and I would love her to play Beverly.”

So would a lot of people, I think. Chastain starred in Muschietti's debut feature, the 2013 horror film, Mama, which first showed his prowess as a genre filmmaker. The film proved to be a hit, too, earning $146M. I think that's worthy of a reunion, and Muschietti does, too...

"Yeah, she loves the movie and it feels like the planets are aligned in that sense, but we still have to make that happen. There are a lot of ideas for the rest of the cast that I’m playing with, but it’s a bit too premature to say those names right now."