Stephen King’s oeuvre is looking a little sparse these days, what with even the most obscure, and microscopic installments of his bibliography gnawed from the bone. With each passing day, it’s becoming increasingly more difficult to decide which Master of Horror adaptation is worthy of your undivided attention, though there’s been one reworking that’s continually pinging on the radar: IT: Chapter Two.
Having grossed a baffling $700 million on a production budget of just $35 million, IT was one of the most profitable motion pictures of 2017, which, naturally, led to Warner Bros. fast-tracking the aforementioned sequel. Scheduled to invade your nightmares next year, IT: Chapter Two will shadow the Losers Club as they return to the small town of Derry, Maine, in order to defeat the evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) for good.
Scheduled to begin production this summer in Toronto, Golden Globe nominee James McAvoy – who’s set to play the adult Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher) – confirmed as much last week, as the Scottish-born actor took to his Instagram and announced that day 1 of production, for him at least, on IT: Chapter Two, had officially kicked off.
Following suit, two-time Academy Award nominee, Jessica Chastain – who’s set to star as the adult Beverly Marsh, initially portrayed by Sophia Lillis – posted the below image of her and Lillis’ faces juxtaposed on Instagram late Wednesday evening, signalling that she’s also started filming on the hotly anticipated follow-up to 2017’s masterful horror pic.
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From what we understand, IT: Chapter Two will pick up twenty-seven years after the first movie. And although they’ll have waited over two decades to finish their fight against the titular jester, you’ll only have to wait until September 6th, 2019 before you can come face to face with Pennywise the Dancing Clown again.