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It Chapter Two
A clown holding two bright red balloons with the tip of his finger, with dark and foggy screen around him with the film's title, release and production companies beneath
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndy Muschietti
Produced by
Screenplay byGary Dauberman[1]
Based onIt
by Stephen King
Starring
Music byBenjamin Wallfisch
CinematographyChecco Varese
Edited byJason Ballantine
Production
companies
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • September 6, 2019 (2019-09-06) (United States)
Running time
169 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

It Chapter Two is an upcoming American supernatural horror film and the sequel to the 2017 film It, both based on the 1986 novel It by Stephen King. The film is directed by Andy Muschietti and written by Gary Dauberman. Set in 2016, 27 years after the events depicted in the first film, it stars Bill Skarsgård, returning as Pennywise the Dancing Clown. James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, Isaiah Mustafa, Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Andy Bean portray the adult versions of the Losers Club. Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer and Wyatt Oleff return from the first film as the younger Losers.

Talks for an It sequel began in February 2016, when Muschietti revealed the plan to get production underway. By September 2017, New Line Cinema announced that the sequel would be released in September 2019, with Dauberman writing the script, and Muschietti expected to direct the film. Principal photography on the film began in June 2018, at Pinewood Toronto Studios and on locations in and around Port Hope, Oshawa, and Toronto, Ontario, and wrapped on October 31, 2018. The film was produced by New Line Cinema and Vertigo Entertainment.

It Chapter Two is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States by Warner Bros. Pictures on September 6, 2019.

Premise[edit]

Twenty-seven years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård), it returns to terrorize the town of Derry once more. Now adults, the Losers have long since gone their separate ways. However, the kids are disappearing again, so Mike (Isaiah Mustafa), the only one of the group to remain in their hometown, calls the others home. Damaged by the experiences of their past, they must each conquer their deepest fears to destroy Pennywise once and for all... putting them directly in the path of the clown that became deadlier than ever.

Cast[edit]

The Losers' Club[edit]

  • James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough:[4]
    The stuttering yet resourcefully determined former leader of the Losers' Club who, out of revenge against It for killing his brother Georgie, led them in their fight against Pennywise in 1989 and had them promise to return to Derry if It resurfaces. As an adult, Bill becomes a successful mystery novelist and is married to film star Audra Phillips.
  • Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh:[5]
    The only female member of the Losers' Club, who was abused physically and sexually by her father, was bullied at school over false rumors of promiscuity, and was Bill's love interest. As an adult, she has become a successful fashion designer in Chicago while enduring several abusive relationships that include her marriage to Tom Rogan.
  • Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom:[6] A member of the Losers' Club who fought against It and was bullied as a child because of being overweight. As an adult, he is thin and a successful architect living in Nebraska.
  • Bill Hader as Richie Tozier:[4] Bill's bespectacled best friend and fellow member of the Losers' Club, whose loud mouth and foul language often get him into trouble. As an adult, Richie becomes a successful DJ in Los Angeles.
  • Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon:[7]
    A member of the Losers' Club who fought against It. As an adult, Mike is the only one to stay behind in Derry and becomes the town librarian and summons the other Losers back to Derry when It resurfaces. Mike also has a serious substance abuse problem stemming from being traumatized by the events in his childhood.
  • James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak:[8]
    A member of the Losers' Club who is the epitome of a hypochondriac, overly exaggerated by the immense number of objects in his medicine cabinet. As an adult, Eddie runs a successful limousine business in New York City and is married to Myra, who is very similar to his overbearing mother.
  • Andy Bean as Stan Uris:[8] A member of the Losers' Club who fought against It. As an adult, Stan becomes a partner in a large Atlanta-based accounting firm and is married to Patty Blum, a teacher.

Forms of It[edit]

  • Bill Skarsgård as It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown:
    An ancient, trans-dimensional predator that awakens every twenty-seven years to feed on the fear of children that it murders. Pennywise the Dancing Clown is It's favorite and primary form. It was overpowered and seriously wounded by the Losers' Club in 1989, forcing it into early hibernation. This defeat motivates the being to rebuild its strength and exact revenge against the Losers' Club once they return to Derry.
  • Jackson Robert Scott as Georgie Denbrough: Bill's deceased younger brother. His arm was bitten off by Pennywise in October 1988, which culminated in the events of the summer of 1989. He reprises his role from the first film.
  • Joan Gregson as Mrs. Kersh: An apparently sweet and gentle elderly woman, but a truly horrifying and dangerous monster, who lives in Beverly Marsh's childhood home.

Other characters[edit]

  • Teach Grant as Henry Bowers:[9] A psychopath who terrorized the Losers' Club in the summer of 1989 before he was committed for murdering his father. As an adult he is a patient at an insane asylum before escaping to try to kill the Loser’s Club.
  • Jess Weixler as Audra Phillips:[9] A successful actress and Bill's wife
  • Will Beinbrink as Tom Rogan: Beverly's abusive husband[10]
  • Xavier Dolan as Adrian Mellon:[10] A young gay Derry citizen that is attacked with his boyfriend Don by a group of youths during a festival. He becomes the first victim of an awakened It, triggering the Losers' return to Derry.
  • Taylor Frey as Don Hagarty: Adrian's boyfriend who is also attacked by a group of youths during a festival. He also witnesses Adrian being killed by It.
  • Jake Weary as John "Webby" Garton: One of the bullies who brutally attacked Adrian and Don
  • Erik Junnola as Steve Dubay: Webby's best friend and one of the bullies who brutally attacked Adrian and Don
  • Connor Smith as Christopher Unwin: A friend of Webby and Steve and one of the bullies who brutally attacked Adrian and Don
  • Javier Botet has been cast in an undisclosed role, following his part as "The Leper" in the first film.[11]
  • Stephen Bogaert as Alvin Marsh: Beverly's abusive father.

Maturin the Turtle will make an appearance in the film. Director Muschietti said the character will have a prominent role in the film.[12]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On February 16, 2016, producer Roy Lee, in an interview with Collider, mentioned a second film, remarking, "[Dauberman] wrote the most recent draft working with [Muschietti], so it's being envisioned as two movies".[13]

On July 19, 2017, Muschietti revealed that the plan is to get production underway for the sequel to It next spring, adding,[14][15] "We'll probably have a script for the second part in January [2018]. Ideally, we would start prep in March. Part one is only about the kids. Part two is about these characters 27 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids."[16][17]

On July 21, 2017, Muschietti spoke of looking forward to having a dialogue in the second film that does not exist within the first, stating, "... it seems like we're going to do it. It's the second half, it's not a sequel. It's the second half and it's very connected to the first one."[18][19] Muschietti confirmed that two cut scenes from the first film will hopefully be included in the second, one of which being the fire at the Black Spot from the book.[20]

On September 25, 2017, New Line Cinema announced that the sequel would be released on September 6, 2019,[21] with Gary Dauberman[22] and Jeffrey Jurgensen[23] writing the script. Andy Muschietti was also expected to return to direct the sequel.[24]

Casting[edit]

In September 2017, Muschietti and his sister mentioned that Jessica Chastain would be their top choice to play the adult version of Beverly Marsh.[25] In November 2017, Chastain herself expressed interest in the project.[26] Finally, in February 2018, Chastain officially joined the cast to portray the character,[5] making the film her second collaboration with Muschietti after Mama.

By April 2018, Bill Hader and James McAvoy were in talks to join the cast to play adult versions of Richie Tozier and Bill Denbrough respectively.[4]

In May 2018, James Ransone, Andy Bean, and Jay Ryan joined the cast to portray adult versions of Eddie Kaspbrak, Stanley Uris, and Ben Hanscom respectively.[8][27][6]

In June 2018, Isaiah Mustafa joined the cast to portray the adult version of Mike Hanlon, while Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink were also cast as Adrian Mellon and Tom Rogan respectively.[7][10] Later, Teach Grant was cast to play the adult version of Henry Bowers, previously played by Nicholas Hamilton in the first film, and Jess Weixler also joined the film to play Bill's wife.[9] This also marks the second collaboration between McAvoy, Chastain, Hader, Weixler and Beinbrink after The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

In September 2018, it was revealed that Javier Botet would appear in the film in an undisclosed role.[11]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography on the film began on June 19, 2018,[28] at Pinewood Toronto Studios and on locations in and around Port Hope,[29] Oshawa[30] and Toronto, Ontario, and wrapped on October 30, 2018.[31][32]

Post-production[edit]

The visual effects were provided by Method Studios, Supervised by Josh Simmonds and Nicholas Brooks as the Production Supervisor with help from Atomic Arts, Cubica, Lola VFX, Make VFX, Rodeo FX and Soho VFX.[33] The young actors will be digitally de-aged to match their respective ages during filming of the first film.[34]

Marketing[edit]

The first image of the adult versions of the Losers Club was released on July 2, 2018 while principal photography began. The first teaser poster of the film was released on October 31, 2018. Footage from the film was shown at the CinemaCon on April 2, 2019.

A second teaser poster was released on May 9, 2019, along with a teaser trailer.[35] On July 17, 2019, the second poster and the final trailer were released at San Diego Comic-Con.[36][37]

Release[edit]

It Chapter Two will be theatrically released in the United States on September 6, 2019 by Warner Bros. Pictures after releasing in Taiwan on September 5.[38]

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

In the United States and Canada, the film is projected to gross $95–120 million in its opening weekend.[39]

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