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Jessica Chastain in talks to star in IT sequel

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Feb 20, 2018, 4:12 PM EST

Jessica Chastain is in talks with New Line Cinema to star in the sequel to the smash hit horror film It as the adult version of Beverly Marsh.

The actress' rep confirmed to SYFY WIRE Variety's report that Chastain is eyeing the sequel.

In the 2017 film adaptation of Stephen King’s epic novel, seven friends — the self-named Losers Club — battle a child-murdering monster that typically takes the form of a murderous clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). Sophia Lillis played Beverly in the film.

However, the film only covered about half of the book’s story — when the Losers were kids in the summer of 1989 (1958 in the book). But as soon as It became a record-breaking hit, inevitable talk of a sequel began to bubble up. 

The sequel, set to begin shooting this summer, will cover the remaining half of the story, with the “Losers” now adults in the present day. 

Chastain’s name had been bandied about for the adult version of Beverly almost as soon as a sequel was announced. After all, she had worked with It director Andy Muschietti before in the 2013 horror film Mama. And both Muschietti and Lillis have gone on the record saying they both love the idea of Chastain in the role.

Even Chastain weighed in on the prospect of playing adult Beverly, telling Screen Rant in November that when it came to anything Muschietti and his sister and producing partner Barbara Muschietti were working on, she would “want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”

New Line and Chastain had not been in official talks until recent weeks, according to Variety.

The It sequel is set to hit theatres on Sept. 6, 2019.