Stephen King's It crawled back onto the scene in 2017, when the first of two movie remakes came out. The second film, based like the first on King's 1,100-page 1986 bestseller, is not a sequel -- it's a continuation of the plot, taking place 27 years after the first film. Members of the Losers' Club from the first film will be recast with adult actors, though the young actors will also appear in flashback.
Jessica Chastain, who took on the role of Bev from younger actress Sophia Lillis, tweeted a photo showing Lillis passing the story's infamous red balloon to her older counterpart.
"If we're telling the story of adults, we are going to have flashbacks that take us back to the '80s and inform the story in the present day," director Andy Muschietti told Entertainment Weekly
Release date, production info
It: Chapter Two is scheduled for release on Sept. 6, 2019.
Filming is scheduled to continue through October 2018, with shooting taking place in and around Toronto and Port Hope, Ontario.
Cast: Who's who?
- Bill Skarsgård as It / Pennywise
- James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough
- Jaeden Lieberher as young Bill
- Jessica Chastain as adult Beverly Marsh
- Sophia Lillis as young Beverly
- Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom
- Jeremy Ray Taylor as young Ben
- Bill Hader as Richie Tozier
- Finn Wolfhard as young Richie
- Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon
- Chosen Jacobs as young Mike
- James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak
- Jack Grazer as young Eddie
- Andy Bean as Stan Uris
- Wyatt Oleff as young Stan
- Teach Grant as Henry Bowers
- Jackson Robert Scott as Georgie Denbrough
- Jess Weixler as Audra Phillips
- Will Beinbrink as Tom Rogan
- Xavier Dolan as Adrian Mellon
- Taylor Frey as Don Hagarty
Plot news, rumors and theories
Readers know what happens: The plot is no secret to anyone who's read King's terrifying novel. The Losers' Club of misfit kids who fought killer clown Pennywise learn that he's back 27 years later, and they're the only ones who can attempt to stop him. The King novel wove the two age groups together, but the movies separate out the kids fighting Pennywise in the first film from their adult versions doing the same. And there were some changes to King's novel in the first film, so there may yet be some surprises, even for loyal King readers.
More about Pennywise: Back in 2017, Bill Skarsgård told Metro UK that this second film will explore his creepy character even more. "It's a different story," he said. "But I'm excited to delve in deeper to the character as there's more exploration for who Pennywise is." Specifically, the actor has discussed a disturbing scene showing a less-clown-like Pennywise in the 1600s that was shot for the first film and not used. Some are wondering if that will be included in Chapter Two.
Don't be like Mike: Director Muschietti said in 2017 that the character of Mike, the one Losers' Club member who stays in Derry, will be different from the novel. "My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book," he told Entertainment Weekly. "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."
Scenes we might see: After the first movie was filmed, producer Barbara Muschietti told journalists that some scenes didn't fit in the budget for that film, but might make Chapter Two. One scene in particular, a massacre at the Black Spot nightclub, may even open the new film. "That sequence with the Black Spot, we think it's gonna be a great opening for the next film," Muschietti said at the time. Whether or not that makes it to the opening scene, we will have to wait and see.