Here’s everything we know about ‘It: Chapter 2’ so far

Stephen King’s It broke box office records with an opening weekend of more than £123 million — the biggest debut of all time for the month of September. The film’s phenomenal success at the box office virtually guaranteed a sequel, and a few weeks after the film’s premiere, It: Chapter 2 was given a release date of September 6, 2019. That sequel, which brings back director Andres Muschietti, now has some of its first potential cast members.

In King’s 1986 novel, the seven childhood friends (who dub themselves “The Losers Club”) return to Derry as adults to confront the supernatural killer Pennywise one final time, and that appears to be where the movie sequel is headed, too. Here’s everything we know about It: Chapter 2 so far.

The Losers Club, revisited

The sequel to It will bring back its seven main characters as adults, and at least three of the roles already have actors circling them. In February 2018, Variety reported that two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (pictured below) was in talks to play the role of Beverly Marsh, the only female member of the Losers Club.

The younger version of the character was played by Sophia Lillis in the 2017 film.

Here’s everything we know about ‘It: Chapter 2’ so far

Several months later, it was reported that X-Men franchise actor James McAvoy (pictured below) and former SNL cast member Bill Hader had entered negotiations to play the adult versions of Bill Denbrough and Richie Tozier, respectively. The stutter-plagued Bill Denbrough had previously been played by Midnight Special actor Jaeden Lieberher, while motor-mouthed comedian Richie Tozier was played by Stranger Things actor Finn Wolfhard.

Here’s everything we know about ‘It: Chapter 2’ so far

All of the young cast members from It are also expected to reprise their roles in Chapter 2 in some form.

Cameras will roll

According to IndieWire, It: Chapter 2 will begin filming in July 2018 in and around Toronto. “The script is still being finalized and the locations are currently being scouted in anticipation of shooting then,” said producer Roy Lee in an April 2018 email to the movie news outlet.

Back to Derry

Back in September 2017, not too long after the film premiered, Entertainment Weekly revealed some details about what we can expect to see in the sequel.

Although the next movie will take place in the present day, the young versions of the characters will still be an important part of the story. Barbara Muschietti, producing partner and sister of the director, says development of the next film is already underway.

Here’s everything we know about ‘It: Chapter 2’ so far

“The hope is we’ll find the best way soon, because it’s also important for Andy to get flashbacks with the kids, who are growing very fast,” she said. “They are an important component in the next film.” One notable change from the novel is what happens to Mike, the one who stays in Derry and becomes a librarian, keeping watch for Pennywise’s return.

“My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book,” director Andres Muschietti said. “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.” As fans of the novel know, there’s also one character who doesn’t return. After his encounter with the alien apparition in the sewers, he commits suicide after realizing that the Losers must confront their childhood terrors again.

Pennywise, we presume?

Here’s everything we know about ‘It: Chapter 2’ so far

While casting the members of the Losers Club is important, the return of Pennywise is arguably the most integral component of the second story arc.

“We’ve got Pennywise and it’s Bill Skarsgard,” confirmed Muschietti to Entertainment Weekly back when the sequel was first announced.

Updated on April 13: Adeded casting news and production timeline.

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