In general, horror movie casting aims for promising Hollywood upstarts and respected actors whose glory days have come and gone.
So if you’re a studio making a movie about a mass-murdering ghost clown with shark teeth, usually, you’d need a filmmaker with the name recognition of Darren Aronofsky or M. Night Shyamalan involved before any hot property onscreen talents would return your calls.
Ergo, the fact that at least two certified movie stars are rumored to be portraying major roles in the second chapter of IT is a major positive sign for fans of Stephen King’s most dancing creation.
According to multiple sources, James McAvoy will be taking on the mantle of Bill Denbrough, while Bill Hader may come on board as post-adolescent Richie Tozier. It’s also been confirmed that multi-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is playing grown-up Beverly Marsh.
Peep Jessica’s tweet that many are sourcing as confirmation of the casting rumors:
— Jessica Chastain (@jes_chastain) April 13, 2018
The trio would be taking over for better-than-average to-great child actors Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, and Sophia Lillis from last year’s first half of the IT saga.
While not a flawless movie by any means, 2017’s IT remake did $700 million at the worldwide box office, making it the most lucrative horror movie of all time and a testament to the genre’s profitability. Warner Brothers has certainly botched seemingly bulletproof franchises in the past, but if they’re courting serious talent for the IT sequel, that tells us they recognize the first movie’s success wasn’t a fluke.
Like most people who don’t have the time or interest in reading a 1,200-page novel that includes a child orgy scene, or watching a hammy early-’90s network TV series, I have no idea what happens during the second half of IT. But I’m guessing Pennywise mercilessly slaughters the Losers Club.
Thoughtful clown that he is, Pennywise understands that his audience doesn’t really want to see a bunch of little kids getting knocked off, even in a fictional context. But if he waits until they’re all thirty- and fortysometimes, their violent undoings won’t make us anywhere nearly as uncomfortable.
And when we think about Pennywise The Dancing Clown, naturally, “comfortable” is one of the first words that pop into our minds.