After months of fan anticipation and rumors flying across Hollywood, sources have confirmed that Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star in New Line’s IT sequel as the adult version of Beverly.
Director Andy Muschietti is expected to return, but his deal to helm the anticipated sequel to the surprise hit of 2017 has not yet closed. Gary Dauberman will write the script. Beverly was played by Sophia Lillis in the horror hit.
Sources also mention that negotiations are early and that the script is still being worked on, but both sides have officially begun discussing her starring in the the project. Bill Skarsgard is also reprise his role as Pennywise. The sequel will debut in theatres on Sept. 6, 2019, with production expected to start this summer in Toronto Canada.
Chastain has been linked to the sequel for some time now following its monster opening weekend, with the Muschiettis going so far as to mention her in an interview with Variety as their top choice to take on the role of adult Beverly in the sequel.
New Line and Chastain had not been in official talks until recent weeks. The studio sees the IT sequel as a big priority, due to it being one of the top movies of 2017 and became the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
The first chapter of IT followed the first half of Stephen King’s eponymous novel, chronicling the lives of a group of children who are terrorized by Pennywise the Clown and forced to face their own demons to defeat him. Chapter Two will follow the last half of the novel, when the characters return to their hometown of Derry Maine years later as adults to face Pennywise once more and put an end to his reign of terror.
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