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Casting: Jay Ryan joins Loser’s Club in IT sequel; Rebel Wilson hops on Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit; Outlander lands 5 newbies

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May 23, 2018, 7:50 PM EDT

We’ve got some casting news for the second chapter of Stephen King’s It adaptation, Taika Waititi’s World War II satire, and Outlander’s upcoming fourth season, so how about we get right to it and not dawdle? 

The cast for It: Chapter 2 continues to grow. Jay Ryan (Top of the Lake) has been cast as the adult version of Ben Hanscom in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s novel, Deadline is reporting. The younger New Kids on the Block-loving version of this character was played by actor Jeremy Ray Taylor in It

Ryan joins a cast that includes Jessica Chastain, Andy Bean, and James Ransone. (Still no official word if James McAvoy or Bill Hader are definitely in yet.)

The sequel to the 2017 horror blockbuster is set to begin production this summer. 

(via Deadline)  


Rebel Wilson (Photo by Eva Rinaldi)

As we’ve previously mentioned, director Taika Waititi’s follow-up to Thor: Ragnarok will be Jojo Rabbit, a World War II tale about a young boy who imagines a version of Adolph Hitler (Waititi) as a sort of surrogate father figure. 

According to Deadline, Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) has joined the Jojo Rabbit cast as Fraulein Rahm, an instructor in the Hitler Youth camp the young hero has been recruited to attend.

Again, Waititi has assured everyone that the film is neither about Hitler nor about reopening the jury on him. Rather, it’s about “a lonely boy’s best version of his hero, which is really his dad.” And apparently Waititi isn’t playing Hitler so much as a version of him created from the young hero’s imagination, based on what he sees via Nazi propaganda. 

Wilson joins the cast that includes Waititi, Sam Rockwell, who plays a Nazi officer who runs the Hitler Youth camp, and Scarlett Johansson, who will play the young protagonist’s mother. 

Production for Jojo Rabbit is set to start this month. 

(via Deadline)  

Meanwhile over on the small screen, the cast for Outlander is about to get bigger. Five actors will join Starz’ time-hopping romantic drama for its fourth season, Entertainment Weekly is reporting. 

Billy Boyd will play wealthy Cross Creek lawyer Gerald Forbes; Caitlin O’Ryan will portray Lizzie Wemyss, a Scottish woman who goes on an adventure with Brianna Fraser (Sophie Skelton); Natalie Simpson will take over as Jocasta Cameron’s (Maria Doyle Kennedy) personal maid and seamstress, Phaedre; Tim Downie joins the cast as Governor William Tryon; and Simona Brown is playing Brianna’s best friend and college roommate, Gayle.

Earlier this month, Starz gave Outlander fans some very good news as it announced that the show has been renewed for a fifth and sixth season

The fourth season of Outlander is currently filming in Scotland through June, and is set to debut on Starz in November.

(via EW