'IT: Chapter Two': Release Date, Cast, Plot And Everything We Know So Far

13 April 2018, 11:00

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James Wilson-Taylor

By James Wilson-Taylor

When is it out? Who is in it? And will Pennywise return? We've got all your questions on the horror sequel answered right here.

More details about the forthcoming sequel to IT, the horror film based on the Steph King novel, have been announced today including some major casting news (13/04).

Fans have been nervously awaiting who will play the adult version of Finn Wolfhard's character, Richie Tozier, and today finally got their answer: Bill Hader.

For those not in the know, Hader was a regular on SNL and has also starred in films such as Superbad, 22 Jump Street and Trainwreck. The casting will be music to the ears of Wolfhard who, when asked who he'd like to play the adult version of Richie, named Hader as his first choice.

The good news doesn't stop there. James McAvoy (X Men, Split, The Last King of Scotland) is rumoured to be in line to play the adult version of Losers' Club leader Bill Denbrough, although Jaeden Lieberher, who played the younger Bill in the first movie, was hoping for Ewan McGregor. Well, you can't always have your cake and eat, Jaeden.

The makers of the film have also confirmed when the IT: Part 2 will commence filming. Speaking to Indiewire, producer Roy Lee let slip that filming would being in July. "The script is still being finalised and the locations are currently being scouted in anticipation of shooting then," Lee confirmed in an email.

So, what else do we know about the next IT movie? Here's all the latest information about IT: Part 2.  

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Yes, while the kids may think they have defeated the monster, the closing moments of the movie flashed up the words 'Chapter One' onscreen, revealing a return, while Pennywise's unmistakable laugh can be heard over the end of the credits. Oh yeah - he survived!

But what exactly do we know about the movie so far? Well, we've rounded up a few key details for all you fans desperate to see what happens next to The Loser Club.

1. What Is The Release Date Of IT: Chapter Two?

The sequel will officially be coming to the big screen on September 6th 2019 - almost exactly two years on from the release of the first film.  Director Andy Muschietti will be back alongside his sister and producing partner Barbara. 

2. What will the film be called?

According to Comic Book, the film will be called It: Part 2 (wow they were really imaginative with that one, huh?) and it will follow the Losers' club 27 years after the original film where they encounter Pennywise for a second time, but this time as adults. Fans had previously thought the film would be called IT: Chapter 2. 

3. What Happens In The Plot Of IT: Part 2?

As we know, It appears once every 27 years so the sequel will follow the second half of King's book which picks up in Derry to reunite The Losers Club, who are now adults as the monster returns. As the 2017 movie was set in the 1980s, this sequel will take place in the present day. Without giving away too many spoilers, the sequel should also have an intially darker tone as some of the Losers struggle to cope with the idea of their childhood horror being back once again.

4. Who Is In The Cast Of IT: Part 2?

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Bill Skarsgård will of course return as Pennywise but what about The Loser's Club? Well, while the focus will be on the adults tackling It's return, flashbacks will allow for the child cast we know and love to return for the movie so we can see what has happened to them in the intervening years.

Andy Muschetti explained the idea to EW:

"On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present. If we’re telling the story of adults, we are going to have flashbacks that take us back to the ‘80s and inform the story in the present day."

The first actor to be officially cast in the adult roles was Bill Hader, who will play Richie Tozier.

The rest of the casting is a secret for now however Sophia Lillis is backing Jessica Chastain for the role of Beverly. Variety reports that Jessica is in talks about appearing in the sequel, although discussions are still in the early stages with the script still being finalised prior to filming.

Chastain had previously revealed she is excited at the prospect of appearing in the movie during a recent interview:

"Well, I love Andy (Muschietti, director) and Barbara (Muschietti, producer). I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut, you know, his film, 'Mama'. His first film. And you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so…We'll see...Listen, of course, I want to work… 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."

James McAvoy is in talks to play Loser Club leader Bill Denbrough. Fingers crossed...

5. When Will Production Begin On IT: Chapter Two

According to Omega Underground, the film will likely shoot in summer 2018 at Port Hope, Ontario and Toronto' Pinewood Studios, both of which were used for the first movie.

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