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Casting: IT Chapter 2 adds Taylor Frey; Diane Lane leads Y: The Last Man adaptation

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Jul 11, 2018

We’ve got some new casting news on IT: Chapter 2, as well as the goods on the long-awaited adaptation of an award-winning comic book series, along with an update on an award-winning singer starring in a new animated film based on an award-winning toy line (still following us there?).

First up, now that the adult version of the Losers Club has been cast, we’ve got some more casting updates for the secondary roles in IT: Chapter 2. Deadline
is reporting that Taylor Frey (The Carrie Diaries, Gossip Girl) has been cast as Don Hagarty, a minor character from Stephen King’s novel on which the film is based.  

In the book, Don Hagarty is in a relationship with Adrian Mellon (Xavier Dolan). The couple encounters some young homophobes and the child-murdering monster It, aka Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). This is Frey’s first role for a studio feature.

2017’s IT brought in more than $700 million globally. The sequel takes place 30 years later, with the Losers Club all grown up. Production for the sequel to the hit film is underway, with original director Andy Muschietti returning to helm Chapter 2. 

IT: Chapter 2 is set to hit theaters on Sept. 6, 2019.


 

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Next, Diane Lane (Man of Steel) is set to star in the pilot for Y, FX’s adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s beloved comic book series, Y: The Last Man, FX has announced. Barry Keoghan (Dunkirk), Imogen Poots (Green Room) Lashana Lynch (Captain Marvel), Juliana Canfield (Succession), and Marin Ireland (Hell or High Water) round out the rest of the cast.

Lane will play Jennifer Brown, a junior senator in her first term and mother of Yorick and Hero Brown. Keoghan, meanwhile, plays Yorick Brown, the lone male survivor of a worldwide plague. Poots is Hero Brown, an EMT who nurses a deep emotional trauma. Lynch will play Agent 355, a Secret Service agent. Canfield plays Beth, a Brooklyn-based knifemaker and Yorick’s possible love interest. Ireland is Nora, the President’s senior assistant and right hand. 

Writers Michael Green (American Gods, Blade Runner 2049, Logan) and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage) will serve as showrunners and executive producers. Published by DC Comics/Vertigo, Y: The Last Man is a 60-issue comic book series launched in 2002. It tells the story of Yorick Brown, the last man in a world now consisting solely of women.

 


 

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STXfilms has announced that Grammy Award-winning singer and very first American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson has signed on to star in its upcoming animated film UglyDolls. Clarkson will voice the character of Moxy and perform original songs for the feature. 

“Kelly Clarkson has been a role model to millions of fans since the beginning of her momentous career. We are beyond thrilled that for her next project she chose to do UglyDolls after she saw our character designs, animatics and set pieces, which she loved,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms in a statement issued by the studio. “We look forward to collaborating with an artist of Kelly’s exceptional talent and versatility.”

Clarkson added: “The UglyDolls’ universal message celebrating our differences and individuality really resonates with me, and when STX showed me how incredible UglyDolls will look and feel, I jumped at being part of that world. I can’t wait to start working with the team at STX, the cast and filmmakers.”

This news follows the announcement in March that Grammy-winning rapper Pitbull had joined the UglyDolls cast.  

The animated UglyDolls feature is based on the plush toy line by David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim that the Toy Industry Association named Toy of the Year in 2006. Kelly Asbury (Shrek 2, Gnomeo & Juliet) is directing.  

STXfilms will release UglyDolls in theaters in 2019 as part of a plan to launch a franchise. An animated kids’ series to air on Hulu is also underway.