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It Sequel Looking to Cast James McAvoy and Bill Hader

13 April 2018

The sequel to the Stephen King movie It is on the way, and now we've learned two more actors who may be a part of it.

THR is reporting that Bill Hader and James McAvoy are in talks as well! THR also confirms that Chastain is onboard to play Beverly "January Embers" Marsh, and that Bill Skarsgård will reprise his role as Pennywise.

McAvoy is best known for portraying a younger version of Charles Xavier in the rebooted X-Men films, while Hader is best known for his comedic roles, appearing on Saturday Night Live from 2005 through 2013.

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McAvoy is apparently looking at the role of Bill Denbrough, who was played in the first movie as a child by Jaeden Lieberher, while Hader is up for the part of wisecracking Richie Tozier, embodied memorably the first time around by Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame.

In addition to their all-star adult counterparts, the child actors of IT (including Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lills, Jack Dylan Grazer, Chosen Jacobs and Wyatt Oleff) are set to return as well for various flashback sequences. The first movie tackled the first half of the Losers Club's encounter with Pennywise, in which they defeat him as children.

Chastain was announced as the adult Beverly in February.

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While we may be looking at a mainly new cast, director Andy Muschietti will be back to direct, with Gary Dauberman (who co-wrote the first film) penning the script.

Muschietti is coming back to direct the It sequel, while Bill Skarsgard will play Pennywise again.

New Line has set a release date for the sequel for September 6, 2019, nearly two years to when the original movie was released last year, blowing past all of the September box office records.

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The 2017 film adaptation of King's classic novel became a massive hit at the theaters, grossing $700 million worldwide.

It Sequel Looking to Cast James McAvoy and Bill Hader