As the shooting schedule looms closer, It: Chapter Two is now beginning to round out its adult cast, with Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader and X-Men: First Class star James McAvoy looking to join the horror sequel, which will be set 27 years after the first film.
Zero Dark Thirty actress Jessica Chastain has already signed on as the grown-up Beverly (who was played by Sophia Lillis in the first film). Sources close to the production say that James McAvoy is the frontrunner to play Bill, the leader of the Loser’s Club, originally portrayed by Jaeden Lieberher. Bill Hader, on the other hand, is in talks to play Richie – memorably played by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard in the previous film.
The first film was a gargantuan success, becoming the highest-grossing horror film of all time with a staggering box office gross of $700 million worldwide.
Director Andy Muschietti is returning to direct, with a release date tentatively set for the 6th of September. 2019. Muschietti is on record saying that he hopes for the original cast to return in the form of flashbacks in the second picture, to bridge the gap between the two films.