It: Chapter Two, the follow-up to the hit 2017 horror film, is moving forward. With filming likely being just a few months away, we’re now receiving word that the perfect actress is in talks to join the cast.
This is less a sequel and more a continuation, with the 2019 movie adapting the other half of Stephen King’s novel. Chapter Two will flash forward 30 years; all of the kids will now be in their late 30s and early 40s. Each member of the Losers Club was incredibly memorable in the first It, so the casting of the adult versions must be handled with great care.
With that in mind, here’s who we would love to see play the adults in It: Chapter Two, including the one actress who actually is in talks for the project.
Bill Denbrough: Patrick Wilson
Bill Denbrough is a pretty crucial casting choice for the sequel. After all, although the first It is an ensemble piece, Bill is essentially the main character, and the leader of the Losers Club. He’s a nervous kid with a stutter who turns into a complete mess after his brother disappears but who shows tremendous bravery as the film progresses. Without giving away spoilers from the book, his life will be quite different when we next meet him, but we still want to get the sense that the same Bill we knew from before is in there.
Our pick for this character would be Patrick Wilson. Wilson is a compelling and charming actor, who has anchored both the Conjuring films as well as the first two Insidious movies. He’s got all the likability we’d want out of a leading man in a horror flick, but at the same time, he has enough range to give us so much more. Finally, Wilson is roughly the right age, and he looks enough like a grown-up Jaeden Lieberher for it to work.
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Richie Tozier: Bill Hader
Correctly casting the adult Richie Tozier is also quite important. He’s by far the funniest character in the original movie, played brilliantly by Finn Wolfhard. For the sequel, we need an actor who is around 40 years old and who can be gut-bustlingly hilarious while also having a dramatic side to him.
With that in mind, we need Bill Hader for the part. Hader looks a lot like a grown-up Richie already, and he’s roughly the right age: 39, just two years younger than Richie would need to be. He’s obviously a funny guy, but he can pull off a more serious part, too, as we’ve seen in The Skeleton Twins.
Hader’s fairly busy, especially now that he has a new show on HBO, so it’s unclear whether he’d be able to squeeze this into his schedule. But if so, that would be great news, especially to Finn Wolfhard, who has said that Hader would be his top choice.
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Eddie Kaspbrak: Adam Scott
After Richie, the second funniest character in It is definitely Eddie. He’s an incredibly nerdy hypochondriac who is constantly talking at a mile a minute, who carries a fanny pack with him everywhere, and who freaks out because of how unsanitary the sewers are. With grown-up Eddie, we need an actor who can be high-strung and deliver memorable comedic lines like “they’re gazebos!” For the most part, the character himself does not try to be funny, but his overwhelmed reactions to everything around him is what makes us laugh.
For five years, Adam Scott played a high-strung guy constantly overwhelmed by the ridiculousness around him on Parks and Recreation, and so he’d be just right for Eddie. Plus, Scott is no stranger to horror; he was excellent as the father in the Christmas horror film Krampus, and recently, he gave a solid performance in the Netflix demonic child flick Little Evil.
The age is about right, the physical resemblance is there, and since Scott seems to enjoy acting in horror, it doesn’t seem like an unrealistic option.
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Mike Hanlon: David Oyelowo
Of the seven members of the Losers Club, Mike Hanlon is given the least to do in the first It. Hopefully, that will be rectified in the sequel. Andy Muschietti has already said that he’s going to change Mike’s role dramatically in Chapter Two, with the character becoming a junkie and a complete wreck.
We’ll need a particularly strong dramatic actor for that part, so how about David Oyelowo? He’s currently the same age that Mike would need to be in the sequel. We recently saw Oyelowo in The Cloverfield Paradox, which itself was a disappointment but in which Oyelowo held his own well.
Despite receiving acclaim for Selma four years ago, Oyelowo hasn’t received too many great roles since then, and this would be a wonderful opportunity for him. Plus, he looks a lot more like an older Chosen Jacobs than other actors who have been suggested for the part, including Sterling K. Brown and Chadwick Boseman.
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Beverly Marsh: Jessica Chastain
Luckily, our top choice for Beverly Marsh is actually in talks for the project: Jessica Chastain.
Chastain, 40, is the right age to play Beverly, and she looks the part, too. She’s obviously a phenomenal actress, but she has also specifically proven herself to be great in horror films in the past. She previously excelled in Mama, which happened to be directed by the director of It: Andy Muschietti.
So Chastain is an award-winning actress who we know is great in horror films, who is the right age, who looks kind of like Beverley, and who has a working relationship with the director of It: Chapter Two. What more could you ask for?
Ben Hanscom: Jason Segel
The casting of Ben Hanscom is an interesting case, as the actor doesn’t actually have to look that much like the younger version. In the novel, Ben is no longer overweight when we meet him 30 years later. In the original It, Ben is a charming but shy kid who loves to read and begins to open up to his new friends upon being welcomed into the Losers Club.
So what about Jason Segel? In real life, Segel is someone who used to be chubbier but who has lost a lot of weight. He’s also someone who has portrayed fairly dorky but relatable and sweet characters in shows like How I Met Your Mother and movies like The Muppets.
He doesn’t just do comedy, though; he has also had some more dramatic roles over the past few years, like in The Discovery and The End of the Tour. Segel could pull off the charm and lovable nerdiness we need from an older Ben. He’s not acting as much lately as he used to — he’s been devoting a lot of his time to writing — but that just means his schedule will likely be free.
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Stan Uris: Chris Pratt
Stan is a tricky member of the group to cast because, without giving away any spoilers, he won’t be that big of a part of the sequel. Warner Bros., therefore, might not want someone too expensive in the role. Then again, the fact that the character isn’t in the movie that much means they could potentially get someone who wouldn’t otherwise have time to commit to the project.
With that in mind, Chris Pratt is a strong option. Some have suggested that Pratt should play Ben, and while that would work quite well, he’s currently so in demand that it’s unclear whether he’d even have time. But Pratt would probably be available for the more limited role of Stan. This would be especially perfect because Wyatt Oleff, the actor who plays Stan in the first It, already played a young Chris Pratt in Guardians of the Galaxy.
This would also be an opportunity for Pratt to show us something completely different and much more intense, proving that he can do more than play basically the same two or three characters, as he’s been doing for the past few years. Would Warner Bros. be willing to pay for all these A-list stars? Normally, one would think not, but considering It is currently the highest-grossing horror film of all time, they may decide to go all out with the sequel.
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