Everything You Need To Know About 'It: Chapter Two'

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Between the major box-office success of the 2017 remake of It and the end credits' ominous promise that this was only the first chapter of the story, It: Chapter Two was inevitable. As readers of Stephen King's original book know, the movie varied from its source material in many ways and also left an entire timeline out, meaning there's plenty of story left to tell. For now, here's a roundup of everything there is to know about the sequel.

  1. Part two will focus on the Losers' Club as adults.

    At the beginning of the novel, the Losers' Club reunite as adults after finding out that It has returned to Derry, then the book flashes back to their experience as children. Since the first movie covered their childhood in the '80s, the second one will likely be set in the present day. "Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults, with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids," director Andy Muschietti told Variety. "We'll probably have a script for the second part in January. Ideally, we would start prep in March [2018]."

  2. You'll have to wait almost two years to see it.

    Warner Bros. announced that the sequel would hit theaters on September 6, 2019.

  3. The script has a writer and is already in progress.

    "We are locked and loaded and ready to jump in the minute they say 'go,'" producer Seth Grahame-Smith told Slash Film. "The script is not done, but the script is being worked on. Obviously, all of the filmmakers are chomping at the bit to get started, and we have a very exciting shape, and [co-writer] Gary [Dauberman]'s working away."

  4. Chapter 2 may introduce more of the book's kookier elements.

    As far the first movie's concerned, Pennywise is a clown who appears in various menacing forms to kids all over Derry. But as far as the book is concerned, it's a lot more complicated than that—there's a turtle god, something called deadlights, and a Ritual of Chüd. Andy has said that getting into all that in the first movie would have been difficult, but he hasn't ruled out for the second. "I think in the second part, the turtle will try to help them," he told Syfy Wire. "In the second movie, the turtle left a few clues to their childhood that they don't remember. They have to retrieve those memories from the summer of 1989, and that's how we jump back to 1989."

  5. It might also feature the Losers' Clubhouse.

    "I think it'd be nice to introduce it as a place they used to go," Andy told Syfy Wire.

  6. And the Black Spot.

    The Black Spot was a Derry bar that got destroyed in a fire; it's mentioned briefly in the movies and comes up in the book as well. Producer Barbara Muschietti (sister of Andy) has said she hopes it appears in the sequel, and she and Andy have considered it as the setting for the opening sequence. "The ones who are going to die in a fire in this adaptation are Mike’s parents," Andy told Slash Film. "And this tragic event is directly in relation with his fear, which is a traumatic image of his parents dying."

  7. Jessica Chastain will play older Beverly.

    As of February 2018, Variety reported that she was in talks to play the adult version of the only girl in the Losers' Club, and in April she appeared to confirm the news via Instagram. Last year, Andy Muschietti said that he would "love" it if Jessica played Beverly.

  8. Bill Hader and James McAvoy are in Chapter Two as well.

    Per Variety, Bill will play adult Richie (Finn Wolfhard in the first movie) and James is Bill (Jaden Lieberher in Chapter One).

  9. Jay Ryan will play the adult version of Ben Hanscom.

    Variety confirmed his casting in May; young Ben Hanscom was played by Jeremy Ray Taylor in the first movie. Jay is best known as playing Vincent Keller on the CW's adaptation of Beauty and the Beast.

  10. In July 2018, the first cast photo was released.

    And everyone seems to be having a great time at the table read. As promised, there’s Jessica Chastain (Beverly), Bill Hader (Richie), James McAvoy (Bill), Jay Ryan (Ben), James Ransone (Eddie), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike), and Andy Bean (Stanley).

    This post will be updated as more It: Chapter Two details emerge.

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This article originally appeared on Cosmopolitan.com. Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.

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