Casting Update on New IT Movie

2016/06/24 00:32:59 +00:00 | Derek Anderson

Two big additions were recently made to the cast of the new IT movie, with one actor set to portray a tormentor of the Losers' Club and the other lined up to play a key member of the group.

Deadline reports that both Sophia Lillis (37) and Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic) have joined the ranks of New Line Cinema's upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's epic 1986 novel, IT.

Lillis will play Beverly, a courageous girl who isn't afraid to stand up for her fellow members of the Losers' Club. Deadline reveals that Hamilton, on the other hand, will portray the menacing role of Henry Bowers, a boy hell-bent on making the lives of Beverly and her friends miserable whenever possible.

Lillis and Hamilton join a cast that includes Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Owen Teague, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown, aka IT, an ancient evil capable of morphing into people's greatest fears.

Andy Muschietti (Mama) will direct from a screenplay he wrote with Gary Doberman. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, and David Katzenberg are on board as producers, with Jon Silk executive producing the project.

Planned as a two-movie adaptation, principal photography on IT begins soon in Toronto. The first film is expected to follow the Losers’ Club as kids facing evil incarnate in the small town of Derry, with the second movie focusing on the Losers' Club as adults once again tasked with defeating the malevolent entity that haunts their hometown… and their souls.

King's IT was previously adapted as a 1990 ABC miniseries that featured an iconic and creepy performance by Tim Curry as Pennywise. The new IT film is scheduled for a September 8th, 2017 release from Warner Bros. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details.

Sophia Lillis (photo by Chia Messina via IMDb):

Nicholas Hamilton (photo by Collin Stark via IMDb):

Source: Deadline
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