‘It: Chapter Two’ Casts Bill Hader and James McAvoy; Here’s What We Know So Far


First the fans asked for Jessica Chastain, and they got her. Then they asked for Bill Hader, and now they’ve got him. Fans have been suggesting stars for It: Chapter Two ever since the release of It last fall (some have even made fake trailers to go with the suggestions), but that happens all the time with popular properties. Usually such picks go ignored.

Just to prove they’re not completely taking advice from the masses, though, Warner Bros. is going with James McAvoy for the role of the adult version of Bill (the fans’ choice has been Patrick Wilson). While still in early negotiations, he’d join the still-in-talks Hader as grown-up Richie, according to Variety, and Chastain as adult Beverly.

Now the studio has four more grown members of The Losers’ Club to find. But here’s what we know about the movie so far:

Who is returning from Chapter One?

Although mostly set 27 years after the events of It, the sequel is expected to feature the young ensemble from the first movie in flashback capacity. Bill Sarsgard will also reprise his role as the title creature who takes the common form of Pennywise the Clown.

Who make up the grown-up Losers?

As of this casting, we’ve just got the three: Jessica Chastain taking over from Sophia Lillis for Beverly, Bill Hader taking over from Finn Wolfhard as Richie, and James McAvoy playing the leader Bill, played as a kid by Jaeden Lieberher.

What is the plot of Chapter Two?

The sequel is set 27 years later — that’d be 2016 — and the members of The Losers’ Club have all moved away from Derry. But when Pennyrise returns for his usual haunting as well as revenge on the group for defeating him in 1989, they reunite to take him on again. As previously revealed, flashbacks will be key to continuing the story.

Who is directing this time?

Andy Muschietti, who directed It, is fortunately back at the helm for the sequel. He also has history with Chastain, having directed her in Mama.

Who wrote the script for the sequel?

Gary Dauberman, who penned the final draft of the script for the first movie, is also back to further adapt Stephen King’s novel.

When does filming begin?

As reported this week by IndieWire, It: Chapter Two will begin production in July. Producer Roy Lee told the website, “The script is still being finalized and the locations are currently being scouted in anticipation of shooting then.”

When does the movie come out?

It: Chapter Two is due in theaters on September 6, 2019, almost exactly two years after the first movie’s release date.