WARNING: This article contains spoilers from “IT: Chapter Two”
With the highly anticipated “IT: Chapter Two” finally in theatres, the novel’s author Stephen King is one of the many fans of the gay character twist.
In Andy Muschietti’s follow-up to 2017’s “IT”, Richie Tozier (played by Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard) comes to the realization that he is bisexual. During a terrifying flashback sequence involving clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), Richie discovers his feelings for Eddie Kaspbrak (played by Jack Dylan Grazer and James Ransone).
While Richie’s sexuality is a long-held fan theory, Ransone told IndieWire, “It’s actually not really alluded to in the book… I read the book. It’s a big departure from the book.”
But King is a huge fan of this plot twist despite not giving Muschietti his blessing.
“No, I never did,” King said to Vanity Fair. “But again, it’s one of those things that’s kind of genius, because it echoes the beginning. It comes full circle.”
King’s “full circle” remarks refer to the brutal murder of a young gay man, featured in King’s original novel, which was inspired by the 1984 murder of Charlie Howard in Bangor, Maine. The same scene opens “IT: Chapter Two”, currently playing in theatres everywhere.
Hader previously opened up about Richie’s pride storyline with ET Canada, check out the video below for more: