Stephen King’s novel It tells the story of The Losers Club both as children and when they return to Derry as adults, twenty-seven years later. However, It: Chapter One splits the narrative, focusing only on the kids, leaving the door wide open for Pennywise to slither back in, dragging with him a sequel. That’s right, It: Chapter Two is on its way.
Director Andy Muschietti has confirmed that the second movie will feature the children from the first installment, who will appear in flashbacks. Casting has not yet begun for their older selves. According to Digital Spy, Jessica Chastain is a fan favorite to play Beverley, while many are calling for Ben Hanscom to be portrayed by Chris Pratt!
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Muschietti has made a number of a changes to the original story for the first film, so of course the sequel won’t be totally loyal to the book either. One particular change has to do with Mike Hanlon, the only member of the gang to remain in Derry into adulthood. While in the book Mike is a reasonably well-adjusted librarian, Muschietti intends to bestow upon the unfortunate character a serious drug addiction, intending him to be ‘a wreck’ at the film’s beginning. He told Entertainment Weekly:
He’s not just the collector of knowledge of what Pennywise has been doing in Derry. He will bear the role of trying to figure out how to defeat him. The only way he can do that is to take drugs and alter his mind.
Muschietti’s sister Barbara, the film’s producer, has said that time is of the essence in relation to when we can expect the movie to be released.
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. They are an important component in the next film.
We can’t wait to see what lies in store for The Losers Club!
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