After Pennywise and the rest of the Loser’s Club helped It float all the way to the top of the box office last year, the wheels understandably started turning for Chapter 2 to begin. Now Variety have revealed that the first major action has been taken with the announcement that Jessica Chastain will – as many fans hoped – take the role of Beverly, the grown up and solo girl of the Loser’s Club.
For those that haven’t braved reading the original book the It was based on, a major portion of the story sees some of the Loser’s return to Maine to finish what they started and end Pennywise’s reign of terror. The problem they face however, is that with so many years passing they’ve forgotten how they outwitted the killer clown originally, making the shadow of their childhood even larger and that much stronger to take on.
It really comes as no surprise seeing Chastain’s name making the cut considering that she was the name on a lot of fan’s lips when the first film came to a close. Not an easy role to take on though, Beverly’s world has become increasingly tougher since she left Derry. Having only narrowly escaped her abusive father that appeared in the first film, Beverly’s marriage when she gets the call to action isn’t much different. In fact, it’ll be interesting to see who takes the role of her scumbag of a husband, Tom.
Thankfully, one assurance is that creative collaboration between actor and director will be a smooth one giving Chastain’s past experience with the Chapter 2 helmer. Having already worked with director Andres Muschetti with his big screen debut of Mama, it’s safe to say that they won’t have any issues reading from the same Stephen King page. Currently there’s no other names that have been added to the roster other than Chastain’s, but expect that to change as production is expected to start this summer with a release date of September 6, 2019 for Chapter 2.
What do you think? Is Chastain the right choice for brave Bev, or would you have preferred someone else take the role?