A new cover story in Entertainment Weekly has revealed several new photos and details from Andy Muschietti’s upcoming “IT: Chapter Two,” the sequel to the hit film adaptation of the Stephen King novel.
In the film, The Losers’ Club – James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak, Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike Hanlon, and Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom – have reconvened in Derry 27 years after facing off against Pennywise.
The psychotic supernatural being was beaten but not destroyed at the end of the previous film. Mike is the one member of the Losers’ Club who still lives in Derry and needs the help of his childhood friends. Of his role, Mustafa says: “He’s trying to figure out what the hell’s going on in this town and what he can do to put an end to this cycle. It’s an obsession for him.”
All the other members of the Losers’ Club don’t remember the traumatic events of their childhood, McAvoy says: “When you leave Derry, something happens where you forget it all. I think it’s like a [power] of Pennywise’s. Because if everybody could remember what he gets up to every 27 years through history, we’d go, ‘Hey, Derry’s really f—ed up, we should do something about that. We should send in the f—ing Army!”
That also allows for scenes involving the original young actors from the first film returning so as to depict the recovered memories of the adult characters. Bill Skarsgard also promises a meaner Pennywise this time around: “He’s scarier and he’s angrier. There’s a couple of very brutal things in the film.”