The It sequel has found its adult version of Mike Hanlon in Shadowhunters actor Isaiah Mustafa, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Known for his stint as a spokesperson for Old Spice, Mustafa plays Lucian "Luke" Garroway on the supernatural Freeform series, a character who is not just the stepfather of Clary Fray, but also a werewolf and former Shadowhunting member of the Circle before he was double-crossed.
Directed by Andy Muschietti, It: Chapter Two will focus on the members of the Losers Club as they return to Derry 27 years later to try and defeat Pennywise once and for all. The role of a grown-up Mike Hanlon is an important one as he is the only Loser to remain in the small Maine town, keeping tabs on anything unusual which would signal the return of the entity known as "It."
In the book, Mike grows up to be the Derry librarian, a position that allows him to document the historical catastrophes, which coincide with the hibernation cycle of the creature. It is unclear whether or not he'll be said keeper of the books in the upcoming film.
When the signs start pointing toward the creature's awakening, he contacts each of the group in turn, letting them know that they need to return, based on the blood pact they made almost 30 years previously, in which they made an oath to come back home and kill It if It ever returned. Without giving too much away, Mr. Stan Uris doesn't take the news so well and decides to take a pretty gruesome bath.
Mustafa's hiring is the latest bit of casting news for the sequel, which has already recruited Jessica Chastain as Beverly Marsh, James McAvoy as Bill Denbrough, Bill Hader as Richie Tozier, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak, Andy Bean as Stanley Uris, and Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom. Bill Skarsgård will reprise his role of Pennywise and it is rumored that the child actors from the first movie will appear in flashback sequences.