James McAvoy and Bill Hader may join It: Chapter 2 as start of filming looms

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Apr 12, 2018

With the start of filming on It: Chapter 2 slated to commence this summer, more casting news about the sequel to the 2017 horror blockbuster is beginning to fall into place.

Variety reports that James McAvoy and Bill Hader are "in talks" — to use the popular expression in the business — to star as two of the adult members of the Losers Club, the ragtag group of friends who fought off the monstrous evil of It in the first film based on Stephen King's novel.

McAvoy is apparently looking at the role of Bill Denbrough, who was played in the first movie as a child by Jaeden Lieberher, while Hader is up for the part of wisecracking Richie Tozier, embodied memorably the first time around by Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things fame.

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McAvoy is a veteran of the X-Men franchise, in which he's played Professor Charles Xavier three times now (with a fourth turn coming up later this year in X-Men: Dark Phoenix), and he also took on the 24 different personalities inside Kevin Crumb/The Horde in last year's Split, a role he's reprising in the sequel Glass.

Hader is currently starring in the HBO series Barry and is best known as a member of the cast of Saturday Night Live and for turns in movies like Trainwreck.

Credit: HBO

The talks are said to be in an "early" stage, with a source telling Variety that the script is still being worked on as well. The report also notes that Jessica Chastain is "officially" on board to play the adult version of Beverly Marsh, although the last we heard she was still in negotiations as well.

Producer Roy Lee told Indiewire in an email earlier today that location scouting is underway and that director Andy Muschietti will begin shooting It: Chapter 2 in July, so expect to see more casting news come up as the rest of the Losers Club reconvene — this time as adults — to once again face the horrors of Pennywise the Clown (Bill Skarsgard).

It: Chapter 2 is due out Sept. 6, 2019. What do you think of the potential casting of Hader and McAvoy?