Jessica Chastain Game To Play Adult Bev For New Line Horror Sequel It: Chapter Two


Soon after Andy Muschetti’s horror reboot began raking in the box office cash – It‘s lifetime total is now simmering around $677 million (!) – and New Line and Warner Bros. issued the go-ahead for a sequel, it didn’t take long before the Internet dreamed up a wishlist of big-name stars for the adult Losers Club.

And so, as Bill Hader (Richie) and John Krasinski (Ben) were tossed into the proverbial hat for It: Chapter Two, Beverly Marsh quickly boiled down to a two-horse race between Amy Adams (Justice League) and Jessica Chastain. Neither Adams nor Chastain have been approached about a potential deal, but when Screen Rant caught up with the latter, the Molly’s Game actress revealed her desire to reunite with Andy and Barbara Muschetti.

As you’ll no doubt remember, that creative trio worked together on Mama, the 2013 cult hit that was based on Andy Muschetti’s short film of the same name. And going off Chastain’s recent interview with SR, which also featured Idris Elba (adult Mike, perhaps?), the actress is certainly game for a reunion.

SR: Jessica’s name has been thrown out there to be the adult Bev. How serious are those talks getting?

Jessica Chastain: Well, I love Andy and Barbara. I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut, you know, his film, Mama. His first film. And you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so…We’ll see.

Idris Elba: Get me in! I LOVE THAT MOVIE!

Jessica Chastain: Listen, of course, I want to work… they’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.

Other actors who have been tipped for Chapter Two include Christian Bale, Chris Pratt (Avengers: Infinity War), and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who is perhaps the perfect fit to play adult Stanley.

Take this with a pinch of salt, of course, as it’s unlikely New Line will be ready to announce anything official until mid-way through 2018. But when It: Chapter Two does get off the ground, Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgård, believes the sequel will take us closer to It’s cosmic origins.

The first movie worked so well at what it is trying to do, I think, and ultimately that is the kids’ story, and you follow these kids and you sort of fall in love with these kids. And the second one will be the adult story. And I think the right way to do it is to make that movie actively different. … I think there might be worth exploring sort of the psychological aspects of horror, but also maybe the sort of cosmological existence of this being. What is he, and where does he come from?

Pitched as a dark, psychedelic trip into the demented mind of Pennywise, It: Chapter Two is poised for release on September 6th, 2019.