Jessica Chastain weighs in on IT: Chapter 2 casting chatter

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Nov 6, 2017

Director Andy Muschietti’s (Mama) big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s IT broke box office records left and right since its release two months ago and while the horror movie focused on the Losers Club as they take on Pennywise the Dancing Clown as kids (with a perfect cast at that), Chapter 2 will follow them as adults.

One name has already emerged as a contender for the role of the adult Beverly Marsh (played by Sophia Lillis in the first movie) and that’s Jessica Chastain (Crimson Peak), who, as it so happens, already worked with Muschietti on Mama and has his vote, that of Barbara Muschietti, as well as that of Lillis.

But what about the Oscar-nominated actress herself? Could Chastain sign on the dotted line and move to Derry, Maine, to face Bill Skarsgard’s malevolent entity? Well, it looks like Chastain may be in talks for the role according to a recent interview with Screen Rant about her upcoming film with Idris Elba (who'd be a perfect, all grown-up Mike Hanlon), Molly’s Game. When asked how serious the chatter about her coming on board IT: Chapter 2 might be, Chastain said:

“Well, I love Andy and Barbara. I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut, you know, his film, Mama. His first film. And you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so… We’ll see. Listen, of course, I want to work… they’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”

Of course, this is far from confirmation that this is happening, but it’s clear there’s interest on everyone's part for that to happen. What do you think? Would you love to see Jessica Chastain face off against Pennywise in IT: Chapter 2 come Sept. 6, 2019? 

(via Screen Rant)