It’s only been about two years since director Andres Muschietti brought us on a wonderful, terrifying adventure with his adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. But at the same time, a lot can happen in two years, and maybe you don’t remember everything that happened in the film. Well, now that IT CHAPTER TWO is almost upon us, we’ve got you covered with this helpful guide.
Audiences will be catching up with the members of the Losers' Club 27 years into their future in the upcoming sequel, but the major events that went down in their childhood will play a crucial role. Get reacquainted with the main characters and their back stories, and be sure to see IT CHAPTER TWO as soon as it opens September 6 at AMC.
Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Martell/James McAvoy)
Though it’s not exactly like the group had a vote, Bill Denbrough is really the leader of the Losers' Club, not only regularly being the one to front the charge, but also the one to organize and plan it. He suffers with a stutter, which makes it hard for him to communicate when he’s underwhelmed, but he actually loses the speech impediment when he’s demonstrating confidence. He is haunted by the death of his brother, Georgie (Jackson Robert Scott), who was killed in the opening sequence of the first IT, and Pennywise regularly preys on his guilt about the incident.
Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis/Jessica Chastain)
Beverly Marsh is the only female member of the Losers' Club, but she shares a great deal in common with her friends — particularly in that she is regularly tormented by bullies at school and considered an outcast. As a kid, she lives on the poor side of town with her abusive single father, whom she tries to avoid whenever possible. One of her prized possessions is a postcard with a poem sent to her by a secret admirer (“Your hair is winter fire. January embers. My heart burns there, too.”), but she incorrectly assumes that it was Bill that sent it to her. All the same, Beverly and Bill still have a very brief romance after defeating Pennywise and before they leave town.
Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard/Bill Hader)
You know those kids who just don’t seem to have any kind of filter between their brain and their mouth, and just say and joke about everything in their general vicinity? That’s Richie Tozier in a nutshell (though it doesn’t seem like that will be something he leaves behind as he becomes an adult portrayed by Bill Hader in IT CHAPTER TWO). Richie doesn’t really take anything seriously and is the last member of the Losers' Club to believe in the evil presence haunting Derry, Maine. But when he does finally come around, he is just as freaked out as anyone. It doesn’t help that he is a fairly easy mark for Pennywise, what with clowns being his greatest fear.
Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer/James Ransone)
All of the kids in the Losers' Club have their issues, but Eddie Kaspbrak is plagued with more than most of them, mostly because of his hypochondria brought on by his mother’s Munchausen syndrome by proxy. He is incredibly sheltered, weak-willed and fragile, usually desperately afraid whenever a plan to deal with Pennywise is discussed. Taking advantage of his fear of disease, a monstrous leper terrorizes young Eddie, but we’ll have to wait and see what the evil clown has in store for him when he returns to Derry in IT CHAPTER TWO.
Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor/Jay Ryan)
Remember that treasured postcard that was mentioned earlier? Beverly may have thought it was Bill, but it was actually Ben Hanscom that sent it. He fell in love with her the moment he met her on the last day of school in 1989. It was this same day that he became friends with Bill, Richie, Eddie and the later-to-be-mentioned Stanley, all of them able to commiserate about the torture experienced at the hands of their psychotic tormenter, Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton). Being a part of a family that moves around a lot, Ben has a habit of researching the towns in which he lives, and it’s because of this that he discovers the horrific history of Derry and the pattern of terror that takes place every 27 years.
Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs/Isaiah Mustafa)
Mike Hanlon is the only member of the Losers' Club that doesn’t go to the public school, instead being home schooled on his grandfather’s farm on the outskirts of town. All the same, he too is regularly harassed by Henry Bowers (again, the guy is a real psychopath). Like his friends, he too is haunted by a specific terror, and similar to Bill, it’s because of a tragedy in his past. His parents were killed in a fire when he was a kid, and it pains him that he was unable to do anything about it.
Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff/Andy Bean)
Being the son of a rabbi, Stanley Uris is raised in a very strict household and shows very real signs of obsessive compulsive disorder (pay attention to the way that he treats his bike compared to the rest of the Losers). He finds himself particularly freaked out by an Amedeo Modigliani-esque painting that hangs in his father’s study, and he's literally scarred by his showdown with it just before the final confrontation in IT.
Now that you’ve gotten a refresher course on the members of the Losers' Club, you are entirely ready to dive back into the haunted town of Derry, Maine, for the highly anticipated IT CHAPTER TWO, which will be heading to AMC theaters everywhere on September 6.