It looks like the adult version of The Losers Club in IT 2 is starting to take shape. Both Bill Hader and James McAvoy are in talks for roles in the movie. If the deals close, they will join Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain, who has now been confirmed to play the adult version of Beverly Marsh in the sequel, the lone female member of The Losers Club. Hader and McAvoy are currently just in talks, but it's clear that the studio is going for established names this time around.
Starting with James McAvoy, he is being eyed to play the adult version of Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first installment of IT. He is the unofficial leader of The Losers Club and grows up to become a successful author. McAvoy recently had a very successful go in the horror genre in M. Night Shyamalan's Split, which is getting a sequel in the form of Glass next year, which will be the culmination of the Unbreakable trilogy. If McAvoy lands a role in IT 2 as well, he could be in two of the biggest horror movies of the year in 2019.
Bill Hader, who was a popular name amongst those who were fan-casting the sequel, is up for the role of adult Richie Tozer. He is the wise-cracking member of The Losers Club, played by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard in the first movie. Tozer grows up to become DJ, which could be interesting for a guy like Hader. He's primarily known for comedy, which is needed for this character, but often times when comedic actors get serious, special things happen. Either way, these are two very recognizable and beloved actors. Assuming all goes well, that is a tremendous trio of talent to start with for IT: Chapter 2.
Filming on the IT sequel is scheduled to being this July, with the script currently being finished up. That means we should be hearing word very soon on who will be cast to play the remaining adult members of The Losers Club. Director Andy Muschietti will return to helm the sequel, with writer Gary Dauberman also back to pen the screenplay. The young actors who portrayed the various Losers Club members are expected to return in flashbacks for the sequel as well. However, this movie will be focusing on the characters as adults, who return to Derry 27 years after the events of the first movie once Pennywise returns.
Speaking of Pennywise, Bill Skarsgard will also be back as the famed killer clown. The first IT became a record-breaking, critically-heralded smash hit, grossing $700 million worldwide and becoming the highest-grossing horror movie of all time. Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are on board as producers, with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg Executive producing. Warner Bros. and New Line have dated IT 2 for September 6, 2019, putting it out around the same time of year as the first movie. This news comes to us courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.