We all asked for it, and looks like we might actually be getting it: Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks to join the It sequel as adult Beverly.
Jessica Chastain May Be Playing Adult Beverly
When the first chapter of Andy Muschietti’s adaptation of the Stephen King classic hit theaters last September, many were struck by how closely young Beverly, played by Sophia Lillis, resembled Chastain. As fans eagerly began to dream up their ideal cast of adult “Loser” counterparts for the sequel, the Oscar-nominated actress was at the top of most lists, just above fellow redheaded A-listers Amy Adams and Bryce Dallas Howard.
While Variety stresses that the negotiations are in the very early stages, it’s worth noting that Chastain has been linked to the sequel for quite some time. Following the release of the first film, director Muschietti and sister Barbara, the film’s producer, named Chastain as their top choice to play adult Beverly. There were even rumors of a Chastain cameo in a post-credits scene, though they were ultimately squashed.
To top it off, Chastain has worked with Muschietti before, playing the lead in the director’s first studio hit Mama in 2013. It’s not farfetched to think the star would join forces with Muschietti again, especially after last year’s record-breaking It became the largest-grossing horror film of all time.
It Will Return September 2019
Chastain would be first actor attached to the sequel, besides, of course, Pennywise’s Bill Skarsgård. The sequel, penned once again by screenwriter Gary Dauberman, will follow the last half of King’s novel, with the “Losers” returning to their hometown as adults to face the shapeshifting clown once again.
The It sequel is expected to go into production this summer, with a release date set for September 6, 2019.