Stephen King’s IT was a massive hit in the fall of 2017, and we can’t wait for the second half of the story to arrive this September. IT: CHAPTER 2 has the characters we loved from the first movie, with more of Pennywise the Clown, and maybe some genuinely bizarre subplots.
The sequel follows the same group of friends introduced in IT in 2017. But the IT: CHAPTER TWO story picks up almost thirty years later. The evil of Pennywise has appeared in Derry, Maine, once again. Realizing that they didn’t destroy Pennywise when they were kids, the Losers Club reunites to do the job right.
Here’s everything we know about IT: CHAPTER TWO. (Note: Because IT: CHAPTER 2 is based on a book, we know a lot more than usual for a sequel. We won’t give any of the surprises away.)
The IT: CHAPTER TWO Release Date
This one is easy! IT: CHAPTER TWO comes out on September 6, 2019, which is almost exactly two years to the day after the first movie. (IT opened on September 5, 2017.)
The IT: CHAPTER TWO Trailer
We don’t have to wait 27 years for the IT: CHAPTER TWO trailer, but the footage probably isn’t coming soon, either. For the original film, the first trailer arrived in March, and we expect the same general timing for CHAPTER TWO. (Footage from the first movie debuted at SXSW in mid-March, with the actual trailer getting a general release on March 28.)
A bit of IT: CHAPTER TWO footage premiered on December 9, 2018, at the CCXP Comic Con in São Paulo, Brazil. It wasn’t a trailer, but a behind the scenes reel, with the filmmakers and cast talking about the movie, and a few shots of actors in character.
When the first trailer does arrive we can expect a few things. We’ll probably see the young versions of the characters, to remind audiences of the story, and some evidence of Pennywise. We can also expect to see the new cast, playing the characters as adults — and that’s what we’re really excited for.
The IT: CHAPTER TWO Director
Andy Muschietti is back to direct this sequel. While the original movie was developed by Cary Fukunaga (of TRUE DETECTIVE fame), Muschietti took over long before the film was shot. He developed the sequel, picking up right after the release of IT. And Gary Dauberman, who wrote the final script for the first movie, also wrote the IT: CHAPTER TWO script.
The IT: CHAPTER TWO Cast
The coolest thing about the new movie is a chance to see the characters as children and adults. All the young actors return from the original movie, and now they’re paired with some great talent (above) to play each character as an adult.
So, quick rundown: James McAvoy and Jaeden Lieberher are Bill Denbrough, the leader of the Losers, whose brother’s murder by Pennywise kicks off their showdown with the demon. Bill is now a successful writer, married to a successful actress, Audra Phillips, played by Jess Weixler.
Jay Ryan and Jeremy Ray Taylor play Ben Hanscom, who was bullied for his weight, and who wrote a poem secretly professing his love for Beverly Marsh. As an adult, he’s a noted architect. Jessica Chastain and Sophia Lillis play Beverly Marsh, whose abusive home life forced her to keep her friendship with the other Losers secret. As an adult, she’s a well-known fashion designer.
Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard play Richie Tozier, the loudmouth of the group who, in the novel at least, becomes a popular DJ in Los Angeles. Isaiah Mustafa and Chosen Jacobs play Mike Hanlon, who stays in Derry to become the town librarian and effectively the custodian of the group’s experience fighting Pennywise.
James Ransone and Jack Dylan Grazer play Eddie Kaspbrak, the asthmatic friend who often can’t evade his overprotective mother. In the book, he’s done well in his adulthood as the owner and operator of a limo business. Andy Bean and Wyatt Oleff play Stanley Uris, who grows up to be a lawyer.
And Bill Skarsgård, of course, plays Pennywise the Dancing Clown, aka a nearly ageless demon who has fed on children for centuries.
The IT: CHAPTER TWO Story
Here’s where we’ve got to walk a fine line. So the first movie ended with the Losers Club believing they had defeated Pennywise, and vowing to return to Derry if the evil ever came back. Guess what? It comes back!
We don’t know precisely which elements of Stephen King’s original novel the new script adapts. Speaking broadly, Mike Hanlon stayed behind in Derry while the rest of the friends moved on. He’s the only one who really remembers what they encountered that summer. When murders begin occurring in Derry 27 years after their battle with Pennywise, Mike calls the rest of the group back to defeat it for good.
So much of IT: CHAPTER TWO follows the Losers Club as adults. They struggle to get back to the childhood feelings that allowed them to stare down their fears almost thirty years ago.
And there are flashbacks to the summer they bonded in the first place. We’ll see memories each character repressed. (Which might explain why we didn’t see some of that stuff in the first movie.) We might also learn some pretty wild truths about the true nature of Pennywise.