Who's ready for more Pennywise?
Coulrophobiacs, look away now – it looks like Pennywise is here to stay.
After It raked in one of the biggest openings for a horror film in modern box office history, the cogs are now firmly in motion on a sequel to the well-received 2017 adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Here’s what we know so far about It: Chapter Two, from release date to casting details.
- Director Andy Muschietti confirms filming has wrapped
- Warner Bros. has released the first teaser poster for It: Chapter Two
- It: Chapter Two is definitely the final chapter – it won’t be a trilogy
- First-look images of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise on the set of the new film have emerged
- The sequel will include the spooky ‘Jade of the Orient’ scene from Stephen King’s novel
Spoilers for It are posted below
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When is It: Chapter 2 being released?
It: Chapter 2 will be released on September 6, 2019.
Has It: Chapter 2 finished filming?
Yes! Director Andy Muschietti confirmed on November 1 that filming had been completed, writing on Instagram: “It’s a wrap!”
In a follow-up post, Muschietti mused on what the experience of filming IT 2 had been like.
“IT chapter 2 was an 86-day roller coaster ride. Never had so much fun making movies as this one,” he wrote. “I had a relentless and inspired crew who believed in this adventure as much as I did, and a cast that put their heart and soul behind every second of performance. A huge thank you to all of them and also to my producer and sister @barbaramus who dealt with all the shit that a production like this has reserved for producers. And last but not least, the fans who day-by-day boosted our spirits by reminding us how much this story means to them. Thank you and Love to you all.”
That post signalled the end of just under five months of filming. Back on June 19, James McAvoy confirmed that production had started with a post on Instagram: “DAY 1 on IT 2,” he captioned the snap. It didn’t give much more away than that though, with McAvoy focusing on his on-set snack of choice: a Dairylea cheese triangle.
Then, on September 3, Muschietti shared a (fake) blood-splattered photo with Jessica Chastain to confirm that she’d finished shooting all of her scenes for the film.
Muschietti, who helmed the first It, is directing from a script penned by IT co-writer Gary Dauberman.
Is there a trailer for It: Chapter 2?
Not just yet – but we could see one in the first quarter of 2019. The first teaser clip for It was released in March 2017, six months before the film’s official release – so could a similar marketing plan be put in place for the sequel?
On October 31, Warner Bros. released the first teaser poster for the forthcoming movie – check it out below.
What’s going to happen in It: Chapter 2?
Naturally, as the new film is being adapted from a book that was first published in 1986, we already know what happens at the end of Stephen King’s bloody-long novel. But, for those not in the loop, here’s a quick guide to the expected premise of It: Chapter 2 (so, yeah, here come some spoilers).
After defeating Pennywise in the first chapter, the group agree to return to Derry, Maine should the shape-shifting ghoul ever return to their hometown. In a post-credits scene, we hear Pennywise’s maniacal laugh – confirming that the monster has survived the kids’ beating.
Lo and behold, It returns 27 years later (2016) to pick off the next generation of kids in Derry – meaning that the original kids, who are now all grown up, have to stay true to their word and take on It all over again.
As adults, most of the OG Losers’ Club have moved away from Derry, forged careers, got married and more by the time of IT: Chapter Two – all of which play crucial parts in the book’s plot, such as Beverly’s relationship with her abusive husband Tom and the introduction of Bill’s partner Audra.
Speaking to Syfy in September 2017, Muschietti revealed that the film would also incorporate the character Maturin – an ancient turtle and the antithesis of It.
“I think in the second part, the turtle will try to help them. In the second movie, the turtle left a few clues to their childhood that they don’t remember,” he disclosed. “They have to retrieve those memories from the summer of 1989, and that’s how we jump back to 1989. The keys to defeating Pennywise are left in the past, and as adults, they don’t remember.”
It’s also been revealed that the film will feature the ‘Jade of the Orient’ scene from Stephen King’s original book.
In the novel, the Losers’ Club reunite for the first time as they enjoy a succulent Chinese meal at the Jade of the Orient restaurant. At the end of the dinner, they each receive a fortune cookie which contains a terrifying personalised prize – and it’s the first sign that Pennywise will make his return.
“The Jade of the Orient is such a defining and iconic scene in the book. That was something I remember as a thing I was writing towards”, screenwriter Gary Dauberman told SlashFilm in September. “It was like, ‘Okay, coming up is Jade of the Orient. That’s going to be super cool’. It was a nice signpost to write towards, which I dug.”
We also know that It’s true form will be revealed in the sequel’s climatic showdown. But, given the underwhelming efforts of the 1990 TV/film adaptation, IT: Chapter Two really needs to make sure it’s as terrifying and grim as it’s portrayed in the book.
For the sake of spoilers, we’ll leave the premise here for now – but know this: it’s just as terrifying as the first half.
As you can see above, James McAvoy shared a series of snaps back in June of the adult cast of the Losers’ Club hanging out with some of the children from the previous film – suggesting that there could be flashback sequences in the new movie. Speaking to MTV last year, Muschietti revealed that he wanted to maintain a similar narrative structure as King’s book, which flits between the adult and child eras of The Losers’ Club.
It’s also been confirmed that this It reboot won’t stretch all the way to a trilogy.
“No, this is a complete story,” Dauberman clarified about the narrative purpose of It: Chapter 2. “The ending I think will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit.”
Who’s going to be in It: Chapter 2?
We’re in for a whole new cast. As mentioned It: Chapter 2 will tackle the book’s final part, which is set 27 years later as the group return to Derry as adults.
The full cast for It: Chapter 2 has now been confirmed. In terms of the adult Losers’ Club, James McAvoy will play Bill Denbrough, Jessica Chastain is Beverly Marsh, and Jay Ryan is Ben Hanscom. Bill Hader will play Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa is Mike Hanlon, James Ransone will play Eddie Kaspbrak, and – finally! – Andy Bean is taking on the role of Stanley Uris.
Chastain confirmed her casting with an Instagram post back in June, confirming that a) she’d started filming her scenes for It: Chapter 2 and b) that she was on set in Toronto, Canada.
Chastain also shared some cool fan art back in July – the doctored image, which you can see below, shows her grown-up iteration of Beverly Marsh being contrasted against IT actress Sophia Lillis’ depiction of the character.
We’ve also had a first look at the mature Losers’ Club in action on set. The snaps, which were taken back in August, show Chastain and McAvoy joining the rest of the gang as they film a scene in costume.
More new additions to the cast have also been announced. Xavier Dolan will play Adrian Mellon, a Derry man who is in a relationship with Don Hagarty. In the book, Adrian is thrown off a bridge by homophobic teenagers, leaving him at the mercy of Pennywise. Will Beinbrink, meanwhile, will play Beverley’s abusive husband Tom Rogan.
Pennywise, meanwhile, is definitely going to return to wreak havoc on Derry, Maine once again. Bill Skarsgård, the man who underwent the transformation into the terrifying clown for the first film, has been confirmed to return.
In September, the first pictures of Skarsgård in character on set in Toronto emerged. Despite being in daylight, Skarsgård’s demonic Pennywise still looks completely terrifying as he sits on the shoulder of, erm, a giant effigy of lumberjack character Paul Bunyan.
Speaking about the cast of the new movie, Skarsgård said: “It’s going to be a very different experience this time around, just given the fact that you have all of these incredible, seasoned actors to play against – as opposed to having all the kids.
“It’s going to be a different experience, for sure… but I’m looking forward to it.”