‘It: Chapter Two’: The First Time All The Adult Actors Met

Everyone fell in love with the young cast of It: Chapter One. Who wouldn’t root for seven teenagers to defeat an evil clown? They call themselves The Losers’ Club, but they all lived to make it to It: Chapter Two. However, the sequel recasts those kids as adults 27 years later, and the cast knew they had a lot of pressure to live up to the original cast. New cast members Jay Ryan, James Ransone and Isaiah Mustafa spoke with Showbiz Cheat Sheet about reforming the Losers’ Club in It: Chapter Two.

(L-R) Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Jessica Chastain, Bill Hader, and Andy Bean attend the Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures’ “It Chapter Two” | Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Ryan plays Ben, originally portrayed by Jeremy Ray Taylor. Ransone plays Eddie, originally played by Jack Dylan Glazer. Mustafa plays Mike, originally played by Chosen Jacobs. It: Chapter Two is now in theaters so you can reunite with The Losers’ Club on the big screen.

The ‘It: Chapter Two” cast arrived in Toronto one at a time

The seven actors playing the adult cast all had different schedules, so they each met one on one as they arrived. 

“When we were all in Toronto about a week and a half before we started shooting, we all got together at the studios,” Ransone said. “Jessica [Chastain] was not with us but I don’t think McAvoy was either. I met [Bill] Hader the night he flew in. It was about a week and a half before shooting we all got together.”

Bill Hader and James Ransone in It: Chapter Two
Bill Hader and James Ransone in It: Chapter Two | Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. Entertainment

Mustafa arrived after James McAvoy, who plays Bill.

“The first cast member I met was James McAvoy,” Mustafa said. “So I met him, we did a rehearsal with [director] Andy [Muschietti] and that was cool. After that rehearsal, we had a dinner. So we all went to dinner that night and then Bill Hader got into town the next night and we went out to dinner again. Skarsgard was already there. I met Skarsgard. We all had dinner again.” 

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures “It Chapter Two” | Emma McIntyre/FilmMagic

Once Chastain, who plays Beverly, arrived, she made sure the cast became friends before filming.

“Jessica Chastain is a huge party animal and her and her wonderful husband set up some really lovely nights for us,” Ryan said. “Karaoke was on the table many times. Her husband owns a wonderful prosecco company so we drank a lot of prosecco and there was a lot of fun nights.”

The first ‘It: Chapter Two’ scene they all filmed together

Once they return to Derry, The Losers’ Club catches up at the Jade of the Orient Chinese restaurant. It’s all fun camaraderie until horrific visions begin to plague them. 

“I really see that dynamic of us getting to know each other in that first scene which really helps because that’s the first time they come back together,” Ryan said. “Then we shot there for three nights and were all very delirious and eating Chinese food and drinking tea as alcohol shots and making fun of Andy, the director. It was our bonding moment.”

Jay Ryan
Jay Ryan attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures “It Chapter Two” | Emma McIntyre/FilmMagic

Cast dinners were a nightly event, only the reservation got bigger every night. By the time they filmed the Jade of the Orient dinner, the cast had real life experience.

“Every time somebody came into town, we’d go out to dinner again,” Mustafa said. “So we all just kept going to dinner all these nights. The first filming scene we shot was the Chinese restaurant scene. We had all gone to dinner so many nights and then we shot a scene of us at dinner so it was very comfortable.”

The cast of It: Chapter Two at the Jade of the Orient | Brooke Palmer/Warner Bros. Entertainment

Comfortable for most of the cast. There was a lot of improvisation in the scene, and having Bill Hader think on his feet was intimidating.

“They all threw us into that thing and there was a lot of improv for me, which I’ve done before but not that level of comedy,” Ransone said. “So throw me against Bill Hader and in front of these really great actors, it was intimidating.”