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Everything We Know So Far About IT CHAPTER TWO

Everything We Know So Far About IT CHAPTER TWO

UPDATE 7/18/18:

With Comic-Con barreling down on us, Jessica Chastain took to social media to showcase the veritable “passing of the balloon” from child actor Sophia Lillis to her adult counterpart.  If the other actors post similar images, you’ll find them here later!

 

UPDATE 7/9/18:

The ancient and wise gossip blog ohnotheydidn’t (my God, they’re still on LiveJournal like ye olde pioneers) rounded up the cast of IT: Chapter Two having a grand time in Toronto, Canada. As filming begins on the clown-filled horror sequel, the cast found themselves at the upscale eatery, Kasa Moto. The two-story Japanese restaurant offers private dining, amazing ambiance, and a $148 rib-eye steak. Or you could get 36 pieces of sashimi for $125. Or you could stand outside and cry into your grocery store sushi, like me.

About last night.

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Eventually, the group found themselves at a bar called Amber which is so posh it doesn’t even deign to have a website, followed by karaoke at an unknown location. Throughout the night, Jessica Chastain documented events for our viewing pleasure. A few highlights include James McAvoy being adorable, not to mention throwing him up the British version of the finger (I saw that!), Chastain drinking a delicious looking fruity drink instead of the white wine everyone else had, and just how happy the cast all were to take photos with fans that happened by while they were on the street.

Chastain and McAvoy were joined by Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Jay Ryan, and Andy Muschietti. Folks also had their significant others, family, and friends along for the fun.

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ORIGINAL ARTICLE:

In 1990, Stephen King‘s novel about group of young losers terrorized by a clown was turned into two-part miniseries starring Tim Curry as the disturbing alien clown menace known as Pennywise. That adaptation would permeate pop culture for decades, which is why New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. announced a remake of It in 2017. Though many questioned the necessity of such a thing, such consternation was misplaced: the film version of It has inspired a whole new generation to be terrified by sewer grates, red balloons, and clowns. And, now that It: Chapter Two is gearing up to begin production, here’s a running tally of everything we know so far about it.

THE CAST

In February of 2018, Variety reported that Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak, Woman Walks Ahead) was in talks to play the adult Beverly Marsh in It: Chapter Two. By April, Bill Hader (Inside Out, Trainwreck) and James McAvoy (X-Men: Apocalypse, Split) had begun the process of signing on to play the grown-up version of Richie Tozier and Bill Denbrough, respectively. In May, production completed the main cast with Andy Bean (Allegiant) tapped to play Stan Uris while James Ransone (Sinister) won the role of Eddie Kaspbrak and “Old Spice Guy” Isaiah Mustafa was cast as Mike Hanlan. Rounding out the adult Losers was Jay Ryan (Top of the Lake), who will play Ben Hanscom. Deadline revealed in June that Xavier Dolan (Elephant Song) will play Adrian Mellon, with Will Beinbrink (Queen of the South) cast as Tom Rogan. Teach Grant (Altered Carbon) also joins the cast as Henry Bowers. Bill Skarsgard (Atomic Blonde) returns as the incredibly creepy Pennywise.

THE PRODUCTION

When It hit theaters on September 8, 2017, it immediately smashed records across the board, including dethroning 2011’s Paranormal Active 3 for the highest opening weekend gross for a horror movie ever. By September 25, New Line announced the sequel, It: Chapter Two would arrive in theaters on September 6, 2019.

On July 2, New Line Cinema announced that principal photography had begun on It: Chapter Two in Toronto, Canada. Director Andy Muschietti returns to helm the sequel adapted from Stephen King’s novel by screenwriter Gary Dauberman (IT, Annabelle: Creation). The continuing tale of the Losers is financed by executive producers Marty Ewing, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin, and Roy Lee are also producing.

New Line has tapped Checco Varese (The 33) as director of photography, with Oscar-winner Paul D. Austerberry (The Shape of Water) as the production designer. Editor Jason Ballantine, (It, Mad Max: Fury Road), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Luis Sequeira (The Shape of Water, Mama) round out the behind-the-scenes creative team.

THE PLOT

The first It focused on the Losers as children. While the Stephen King novel of the same name weaves two tales of Derry together, director Andy Muschietti chose a more linear story-telling narrative for his films. As such, It: Chapter Two returns to Derry almost three decades after the events of the first film.

Every 27 years, evil returns to the sleepy Maine town and the time has come to pay the evil clown piper. Events are set into motion to draw the Losers — who have long since gone their separate ways — back together in the town they grew up in. But can these broken adults face their childhood trauma to save the town again?

Speaking to Metro UK in August of 2017, Bill Skarsgard hinted It: Chapter Two would go deeper into the psychology of Pennywise. “[T]hat’s where I want to go for the second one, to delve into the psychological and metaphysical spaces of this transdimensional being.”

Images: New Line Cinema

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