They defeated It when they were kids, but the Losers' Club will have to face the ancient entity again as adults in IT: Chapter Two, and two more names have now been added to the sequel's casting ranks.
New Line confirmed to EW that James Ransone (pictured above on the left, the Sinister movies, The Wire) will play Eddie Kaspbrak in the IT sequel, while Variety reports that Andy Bean (pictured above on the right, Here and Now, Power) is "set to play" Stanley Uris in Chapter Two, a report that was also confirmed to EW by New Line.
Set nearly three decades after the 1989-set IT movie and based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the sequel is expected to begin filming this summer in Toronto, with Andy Muschietti returning as director.
A story of strong friendships, strained families, and unimaginable horrors, IT (2017) follows a young group of outcasts known as the Losers' Club as they team up to face a manipulative force known as It that resurfaces every 27 years in their small town of Derry to feed on human flesh marinated by fear. The sequel will pick up nearly three decades later with the Losers' Club now in their 30s, as they must try to muster up the courage to return to Derry to defeat It—once and for all.
Variety previously reported that Bill Hader is in early talks to play the wisecracking Richie Tozier in IT: Chapter Two, while James McAvoy is in discussions to play an adult Bill Denbrough, who lost his little brother Georgie to It one fateful rainy day in his childhood.
Variety also revealed that Jessica Chastain (Molly's Game, Mama, Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar) was in early negotiations to play Beverly Marsh in the IT sequel.
Beverly was played by Sophia Lillis in 2017's IT, while Richie and Bill were played by Finn Wolfhard and Jaeden Lieberher, respectively. Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff, meanwhile, played Eddie and Stanley. The adult versions of Mike Hanlon and Ben Hanscom (played by Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor) have yet to be cast. Additionally, Collider previously reported that Checco Varese will be the cinematographer for IT: Chapter Two.
Gary Dauberman, who worked on the screenplay for the first IT movie and is also creating the script for an Are You Afraid of the Dark? movie, is writing the screenplay for New Line Cinema's IT: Chapter Two, which is slated for a September 6th, 2019 release from Warner Bros.
The 2017 IT film was the second adaptation of King's epic 1986 novel (following the iconic Tim Curry performance in the 1990 miniseries adaptation) and raked in more than $700 million around the globe.
Bill Skarsgård is expected to reprise his role as Pennywise (one of It's favorite forms) in the sequel, and there could potentially be flashback scenes with the young cast of the first movie. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated as more news is announced.
Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff) in 2017's IT:
Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer) in 2017's IT: