As reported by Variety, two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to take the lead in Andy Muschietti’s It: Chapter Two as grown-up Beverley Marsh.
Although at this point nothing is signed or set in stone, this marks the first casting (semi) announcement for the adult versions of the Loser’s Club. Variety’s sources note that “both sides have officially begun discussing [Chastain] coming on to the project”.
The potential cast for the adult characters has been a hot topic of conversation between horror fans since the wild success of It‘s initial release.
We’d previously reported that Chastain was eyeing the role and fans seem to support this idea – there are plenty of fan-made posters that had tentatively cast her as Bev. Considering the fact that the talented actress has worked previously with Muschietti in 2013’s Mama – produced by Guillermo Del Toro – it makes sense that she’d be a top contender.
Muschietti returns to direct It: Chapter Two with writer Gary Dauberman. When the film version of It was first conceptualized, the book was adapted to a script by David Kajganich. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective Season 1, aka the best single season of TV ever, fight me) was later slated to direct and re-wrote the script with Chase Palmer. After Fukunaga left and the project was taken over by Muschietti, Dauberman was brought on to help re-write the script to fit Muschietti’s vision if the film.
The script for It: Chapter Two is still in the works with filming set to begin this summer.
Again, we don’t have any officially signed-on casting news (though it’s safe to assume we’ll see the return of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise). So, at this time, you should certainly remain skeptical of any cast posters you see as they’re likely fan made.
As always, until details are confirmed, take everything with a grain of salt.
That being said, as the news comes, we will be sure to keep you posted! It: Chapter Two is set for release on September 6, 2019.