The first chapter of Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of Stephen King’s It was a phenomenal success. Released in the fall of 2017, the movie earned positive reviews and gave the horror genre its best box office debut ever. Two years later, the continuation of its story is one of the most anticipated releases of 2019. Fans can’t wait to return to Derry, Maine, and find out what’s next for the now grown-up Losers Club and see the return of Pennywise the Clown.
We’ve got many months to go before the release of It Chapter Two, but Warner Bros. has released the first teaser trailer for the sequel. Most of this first look at the sequel focuses on the return of Beverly to Derry and her encounter with a sweet old lady. Wait, no, that lady’s not so sweet. Oh man, there’s something wrong here. She’s terrifying. Beverly, get out there!..Sorry, okay, yep, this thing is going to be just as scary as the previous movie.
Check out the teaser down below after reading everything we know about It Chapter Two:
Who is returning from It Chapter One?
Although mostly set 27 years after the events of It, the sequel is expected to feature the young ensemble from the first movie in flashback capacity, including Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame and breakouts Sophia Lillis (now of Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase) and Jack Dylan Grazer (now of Shazam!) as Richie, Beverly and Eddie, respectively.
Bill Skarsgård will also reprise his role as the title creature, who takes the common form of Pennywise the Clown.
Who make up the grown-up Losers?
Fans began suggesting stars for It Chapter Two ever since the release of the first It back in 2017 (some even made fake trailers to go with the suggestions), but that happens all the time with popular properties. Usually such picks go ignored. Yet in this case, many wishes were granted.
First the fans asked for Jessica Chastain to play the adult Beverly, and she was cast. Then they asked for Bill Hader for grown-up Richie, and he was cast. Just to prove they weren’t completely taking advice from the masses, though, Warner Bros. went with James McAvoy for the role of the adult version of Bill (the fans' choice had been Patrick Wilson), who was played as a kid by Jaeden Lieberher.
The adult versions of the Losers Club were later filled out by James Ransone (Sinister 2), who was cast as Eddie, Isaiah Mustafa (Madea's Big Happy Family), who will play Mike, Andy Bean (Transformers: The Last Knight), who will now portray Stanley, and Jay Ryan (TV’s Beauty and the Beast), who rounds out the group as the grown-up Ben.
Who else is on board for the sequel?
Two important supporting characters were also cast in It Chapter Two. Filmmaker Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), who also often acts in his own movies, will play gay Derry resident Adrian Mellon, who becomes the victim of a hate crime. Joining him is Will Beinbrink (Free State of Jones) as Beverly's abusive husband, Tom.
What is the plot of It: Chapter Two?
The sequel is set 27 years later -- that'd be 2016 -- and the members of the Losers Club have all moved away from Derry. But when Pennywise returns for his usual haunting as well as revenge on the group for defeating him in 1989, they reunite to take him on again. As previously revealed, flashbacks will be key to continuing the story.
Who is directing this time?
Andy Muschietti, who directed It, is fortunately back at the helm for the sequel. He also has history with Chastain, having directed her in Mama.
Who wrote the script for the sequel?
Gary Dauberman, who penned the final draft of the script for the first movie, is also back to further adapt Stephen King's novel.
When does the movie come out?
It Chapter Two is due in theaters on September 6, 2019, almost exactly two years after the first movie's release date.
Watch the first teaser trailer:
This first look at It Chapter Two starts off with a whole scene starring Chastain as the adult Beverly, and man, is it creepy. There’s also a quick montage showcasing Hader, McAvoy and the rest of the new cast, plus plenty of Pennywise. Watch it here: