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More grown-up actors are heading into “IT: CHAPTER 2”

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

With IT: CHAPTER 2 gearing up to start production this summer, another pair of actors seem set to play the adult versions of the kids seen in the smash-hit first film, returning to their hometown of Derry for another confrontation with evil clown Pennywise.

Variety reports that SPLIT’s James McAvoy (pictured) is in talks to play Bill, portrayed as a youth by Jaeden Lieberher in the original, while Bill Hader, as has been speculated, is in discussions for the older Richie, essayed by Finn Wolfhard in the previous film. Jessica Chastain is already set as Beverly, with Bill Skarsgard expected to reprise the Pennywise role. Also returning are director Andy Muschietti and screenwriter Gary Dauberman, adapting Stephen King’s novel; Warner Bros./New Line have set a September 6, 2019 release date for IT: CHAPTER 2.

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.