Xavier Dolan

Casting: Two more snared by It; new character joins Cloak & Dagger; Mary J. Blige dons a Body Cam

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Jun 21, 2018

It: Chapter 2 just started production this week, but the Stephen King adaptation keeps adding to its cast. Deadline reports that Xavier Dolan (above) and Will Beinbrink (below) have joined the production in two smaller but key supporting roles.

Dolan -- a French-Canadian filmmaker who directed his first feature, I Killed My Mother, at age 19 -- has been cast as Adrian Mellon, a young gay man who is brutally attacked and thrown off a bridge by three youths during Derry, Maine's annual carnival. After Mellon's savagely mutilated body is found, one of the three boys insists that he saw Mellon killed by a clown under the bridge -- a claim backed up by Adrian's partner but dismissed by the Derry police.

Mellon's murder is the first incident that takes place in the story's present day timeline, when the Losers' Club are all adults, and is the first sign that Pennywise/It (Bill Skarsgard) has returned to terrorize Derry again. In the book, the incident is treated almost with indifference by the police -- a sign of both the undercurrent of homophobia in the town and the apathy and moral rot that Pennywise infects its inhabitants with. It will be interesting to see how the movie handles this subplot and it's good to see its inclusion in the film.

Will Beinbrink

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Will Beinbrink, meanwhile, will play Tom Rogan, the abusive lover of Beverly Marsh (played as an adult by Jessica Chastain), a toxic relationship that mirrors the awful experiences she suffered at the hands of her father as a child. Beinbrink has worked with Chastain -- and two other adult members of the Losers' Club, James McAvoy and Bill Hader -- before on The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.

Andy Muschietti is back as director on It: Chapter 2, which opens Sept. 6, 2019.


Ally Maki

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Elsewhere, Ally Maki from the TBS comedy series Wrecked will make her debut next Thursday (June 28) on Freeform's Marvel series Cloak & Dagger. According to EW, she'll play an original character created for the show named Mina Hess.

Hess is said to be a "brilliant environmental engineer convinced that science will save the world, if the corporate suits will just get out of her way." We don't know if that means she'll use nefarious methods to get said suits off her back, but it is apparently likely that she'll end up being a friend and possible mentor to the acclaimed series' lead Tandy (Olivia Holt).

Aside from Wrecked, which is going into its third season, Maki has had small roles on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and The Big Bang Theory, among others.


Mary J Blige

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Finally, Mary J. Blige is taking a lead role in a new horror thriller from Paramount Pictures called Body Cam. Variety says that the film follows a group of LAPD officers who are haunted by a malevolent spirit after two white cops murder a black youth — a crime that was covered up when a body cam video of the incident was deliberately destroyed.

The script is described as a cross between social horror hit Get Out and the gritty urban drama End of Watch, which should certainly make for some interesting discussions if nothing else. The movie's director is Malik Vitthal (Imperial Dreams) and there's no release date in sight just yet.

Blige, who began her career as a singer/rapper in 1989 and has won nine Grammy Awards, was nominated for an Oscar last year for her supporting role in Mudbound and will also play Cha-Cha in Netflix's upcoming adaptation of the comic book series The Umbrella Academy.