The second installment of the much-lauded Stephen King adaptation is set to begin filming this summer, it’s been confirmed. The sequel will follow the Loser Club as adults twenty-seven years after the events of the first film, when Pennywise comes back for more.
However, the film will include flashbacks, meaning that the young cast of the first film will be making a return. Director Anthony Muschietti has said:
There will be a dialogue between the two timelines, which is something that I love from the book, so it’s not just the adults, we’re going to come back to 1989.
He also has big plans for the character of Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs). He has created a darker backstory for Mike, who remains in Derry even when the other members of the Losers Club grow up and move far away. He’s a librarian and expert on Derry, however he’s struggling with addiction. Muschietti told Entertainment Weekly:
My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book. 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.
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Despite the fact that production is set to begin relatively soon, no actors have yet been announced for the adult roles, however Jessica Chastain is heavily rumored to be being considered as adult Beverley. She told Screenrant:
I love Andy and Barbara [Muschietti]. I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut [Mama]. And, you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so… we’ll see. They’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.
We’re on board! Jaeden Lieberher, who plays Bill Denbrough has suggested Ewan McGregor for the role of his older self.
The film is set for release on September 6th, 2018, and we can’t wait!
Edit: Not two hours after we published this story, Variety confirmed that Jessica Chastain is definitely in talks to play Beverley.
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