Andy Muschietti’s IT: Chapter Two is set for a release on September 16th, 2019, and we’re finally getting some major casting news. It’s looking pretty good so far, and if the first film is any indication, Muschietti’s got a lot more surprises in store for the follow-up. Part of what made the first film so enjoyable was the talented young actors who were brought together to form the Loser’s Club, and fans have been waiting patiently to see who would be cast as the adult versions of our heroes.
The wait is finally over, as the adult Loser’s Club has fully been cast, which we’ll explore further today.
Jessica Chastain – Beverly Marsh
Originally Played By: Emily Perkins (Young Beverly, 1990), and Annette O’Toole (Adult Beverly, 1990), Sophia Lillis (2017)
Why She’s Perfect For the Role: Jessica Chastain and Andy Muschietti first worked together on 2013’s Mama. The Guillermo del Toro-produced horror project was a January hit, grossing $71 million domestically and garnering mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences. The two have an obvious professional chemistry that will surely carry over into the IT: Chapter Two production. It helps that Chastain is one of the best actors working today, and with roles in movies like Miss Sloane, Molly’s Game, and Zero Dark Thirty, we’ve seen that nobody else would be able to capture Beverly’s fiercely independent spirit quite like her.
James McAvoy – Bill Denbrough
Previously Played By: Jonathan Brandis (Young Bill, 1990), and Richard Thomas (Adult Bill, 1990), Jaeden Lieberher (2017)
Why He’s Perfect For the Role: Not unlike Jessica Chastain – with whom he co-starred in the experimental Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby films – X-Men actor James McAvoy has found that his talents may be utilized best in horror, where films like Split have offered McAvoy the best roles of his career. Not only that, McAvoy possesses the same kind of vulnerability that made Bill such a lovable character, as well as the same kind of intensity that made Bill’s journey to find his brother’s killer so compulsively watchable.
Having him and Chastain co-star as Bill and Beverly is a dream come true. The pair has already showcased their irresistible on-screen chemistry, and we’re very excited to see more of McAvoy’s horror work, especially since this project will immediately follow M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass. That film – a sequel to both Split and Unbreakable that stars McAvoy alongside Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya-Taylor Joy, and Sarah Paulson – is set to hit theaters on January 18th, 2019, just a few months before IT: Chapter Two.
Bill Hader – Richie Tozier
Previously Played By: Seth Green (Young Richie, 1990), and Harry Anderson (Adult Richie, 1990), Finn Wolfhard (2017)
Why He’s Perfect For the Role: The first season of HBO’s Barry – which was written by, directed by, and stars comedian and SNL alum Bill Hader – was able to do many different things with just 8 half-hour episodes. But if Hader’s new show has proven anything, it’s this: the guy can act. Of course, that wasn’t exactly news to anyone who’s been following Hader’s career, and the actor’s transition from sketch comedian to full-blown thespian is littered with great roles in indie dramedies like The Skeleton Twins, where Hader played a brokenhearted gay man on the verge of suicide alongside SNL co-star Kristen Wiig. And, oh yeah, he also co-starred with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy in, you guessed it, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. What is this, a crossover episode?!
I have no doubt that Hader is going to absolutely crush it as Richie Tozier. Finn Wolfhard, who just about stole the show as Mike Wheeler in Netflix’s Stranger Things, really made the role his own in Chapter One. Hader’s got so much great material to work with, and I fully expect him to bring Richie to life in a way that’s unexpected, poignant, and, obviously, hilarious. As a tried and true impressionist, I think Hader’s going to have the time of his life with this role, and we’re very excited to see what the results are going to be on-screen.
James Ransone – Eddie Kaspbrak
Previously Played By: Adam Faraizl (Young Eddie, 1990), and Dennis Christopher (Adult Eddie, 1990), Jack Dylan Grazer (2017)
Why He’s Perfect For the Role: James Ransone has been one of my favorite actors for a while now. He’s always popping up unexpectedly in memorable supporting roles and always leaves a lasting impression. His sympathetic turn as Deputy So-and-So in the original Sinister movie essentially gave the film its heart, and he was almost able to save the dismal sequel from caving in on itself… almost. Outside of horror, Ransone gave a hilarious and surprising performance as Chester the Pimp in Sean Baker’s iPhone drama Tangerine and even starred as one of the main characters on HBO’s critically acclaimed 2008 mini-series, Generation Kill.
Both in appearance and in personality, Ransone is literally the perfect choice for Eddie, and possibly the performance I’m most excited for. As a budding hypochondriac, Jack Grazer made an excellent Eddie Kaspbrak, and I expect James Ransone will do the same.
Andy Bean – Stanley Uris
Previously Played By: Ben Heller (Young Stanley, 1990), and Richard Masur (Adult Stanley, 1990), Wyatt Oleff (2017)
Why He’s Perfect For the Role: This one’s a bit hard to judge, because of certain spoilers surrounding the fate of this character. I think at this point most people are fans of either the book or the original TV movie, but if you aren’t and have no idea what to expect, stop reading here. In terms of the adult chapters of IT, it’s really Stanley’s suicide that inspires the Losers to return to Derry and finish off Pennywise once and for all. For that reason, it makes sense that the studio decided to not go with an A-lister for this role because we probably won’t be seeing much of him after the first act. That said, Andy Bean was great on Starz’s Power, so even if he is working with limited material, I’m sure he’ll still turn in a memorable performance.
Jay Ryan – Ben Hanscom
Previously Played By: Brandon Crane (Young Ben, 1990), and John Ritter (Adult Ben, 1990), Jeremy Ray Taylor (2017)
Why He’s Perfect For the Role: This New Zealand-born actor starred in a popular soap opera called Neighbors before moving on to bigger and better things, including four seasons of The CW’s Beauty and the Beast remake starring Ryan as one of the titular characters (can you guess which one?). With IT: Chapter Two, he’s got some big shoes to fill in more ways than one. Ben Hanscom is a fan favorite character; he’s irresistibly sympathetic, and it’s hard not to root for the chubby kid who gets bullied all the time. An older, more confident Ben will still carry around the traumas of his childhood, if only because there were so many. Jay Ryan has always struck me as the kind of actor who knows how to find the balance between portraying someone as they are, and as they see themselves.
Isaiah Mustafa – Mike Hanlon
Previously Played By: Marlon Taylor (Young Mike, 1990), Tim Reid (Adult Mike, 1990), Chosen Jacobs (2017)
Why He’s Perfect For the Role: Well, we’re not really sure that he is. When it came to casting Mike Hanlon, there were a lot of big names in the running, including Jordan Peele, Sterling K. Brown, David Oyelowo, and Derek Luke. You might remember Isaiah Mustafa as The Man Your Man Could Smell Like in the Old Spice commercials. Other than that, Mustafa’s acting credits are fairly thin, with appearances in Femme Fatales, Chuck, Castle, Hot in Cleveland, and Horrible Bosses. That said, Mustafa has emerged as a fan favorite on Freeform’s adaptation of Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments, and I think we’re going to pleasantly surprised with his work in the film, even if he wasn’t our first choice.
IT: Chapter Two hits theaters on September 6, 2019.
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