Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood projects based on comics and other media. This isn't just about what is being made; this is about what should be made, and who we think should be the stars.
This week we're doing something different. As you probably know, the number one movie at the box office is It, directed by Andy Muschietti and based on the novel by Stephen King. It is the story of the Losers' Club, as they call themselves: seven thirteen-year-olds who must work together to defeat an ancient evil that feeds off the population of the small town of Derry, Maine circa 1989. The monster can take the form of whatever you're afraid of, but it usually prefers the shape of a terrifying clown named Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgård).
As the end of the movie implies, and the novel and previous 1990 TV adaption confirm, Pennywise will return 27 years later, and the seven kids will have to come back together as 40-year-old adults to defeat it once and for all. It: Chapter Two is already in production, but no cast has been confirmed except for Skarsgård.
Starting with Chapter One's young cast, and looking to the novel for how each character grows up, I've made my own picks for who should play the adult Losers' Club. As usual, I have no inside knowledge, just a lot of opinions. And for those who haven't read the book or seen the previous adaptation, I've done my best to avoid plot spoilers.
Jimmi Simpson as Bill Denbrough
He already had a long career as a character actor, but Jimmi Simpson's work on Westworld finally proved that he can also be a leading man. And Bill isn't the kind of kid that grows up into a square-jawed action hero — he should still be kind of a nerd.
Amy Adams as Beverly Marsh
There's already talk of Jessica Chastain playing Beverly. She already worked with Muschietti on Mama, after all, and she'll certainly do a fine job. But if it were up to me, Amy Adams (The Arrival) would be first in line. To start with, she just looks so much like Sophia Lillis, who plays teenage Bev. Also, Adams has a knack for bringing humanity to weird situations, which would certainly help.
David Oyelowo as Mike Hanlon
If you only know David Oyelowo from Selma, you may be surprised that he doesn't usually look that much like Martin Luther King Jr. But he does look more than a little like Chosen Jacobs, the younger Mike. He's also a fantastic actor who will do a great job of carrying the darkness of Derry forward into adulthood.
Tyler Labine as Ben Hanscom
I wanted to find an actor who can portray Ben as a handsome adult who's grown out of his awkward phase and gained confidence in his appearance, but without implying that the only way to do that is to become the thinnest or most athletic guy in the room. Tyler Labine (Deadbeat) strikes that balance perfectly.
Glenn Howerton as Richie Tozier
This was the only role where I really considered the casting of the 1990 miniseries. Adult Richie still hides his insecurities behind humor, and casting a popular sitcom actor of the day — Night Court's Harry Anderson — really added something interesting to that. So I went in a similar direction with Glenn Howerton of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, who can also look like an adult Finn Wolfhard with just a little adjustment to his hair.
Andrew Rannells as Eddie Kaspbrak
From the first time I saw him as Eddie, something in Jack Dylan Grazer's eyes, eyebrows, and nose made me think of Andrew Rannells (Girls). I also think Rannells can bring something to the portrayal of Eddie's sexuality, which perhaps ought to be more directly addressed in a new adaptation.
Paul Schneider as Stanley Uris
Paul Schneider (Channel Zero: Candle Cove) always carries himself with a kind of weariness that seems important to playing Stanley, who has the most negative reaction to the return of Pennywise.
Looking for more coverage the cast of It and what a sequel might bring? Here's director Andy Muschietti on the subject!