After months of speculation, Jessica Chastain is officially set to star in the sequel to “It” as the adult version of Beverly Marsh.
Chastain’s name had been in the mix since the record-breaking horror movie opened to rave reviews in September.
Cutting Stephen King’s terrifying tale of Pennywise the clown in half, the first film is set in 1988 and focuses on a group of children who face off against the demon. The end of “It” laid the seeds for “Chapter Two” of the story which will feature the now-adult characters who must once again come face-to-face with Pennywise.
Variety reported in February that Chastain was in the early stages of negotiations to take on the role originated by Sophia Lillis. Though ET Canada, when putting together our dream cast for the sequel, picked Lillis’s adult doppelganger Amy Adams, the star herself said she’d love for Chastain to play the older version of her character. The actress was reportedly the first choice for director Andy Muschietti, who directed Chastain in the 2013 thriller “Mama”.
The actress shared a photo on Twitter of her character with James McAvoy peering behind her.
In November, the actress reiterated her interest and connection with Muschietti and his screenwriter-producer sister, Barbara Muschietti.
“I love [“It” director] Andy [Muschietti] and [producer] Barbara [Muschietti],” she said. “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… They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing, I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it.”
Chastain had been linked to the project since “It”‘s release, with rumours of an unfilmed post-credits scene in which viewers would get a tease of the sequel with the actress as Beverly. Muschietti previously stated he plans to bring back the young actors, including Lillis and “Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard, for the sequel’s flashback scenes.
Word online was mixed following the announcement of Chastain’s involvement.
Word online has been mixed following the announcement of Chastain’s involvement.