It: Chapter Two only entered production this summer and won't be released until next September, but thanks to the Northumberland News in Ontario, Canada, we've gotten our first look at Pennywise (Bill Skarsgård) in the highly anticipated sequel.
This image (taken in the Canadian municipality of New Hope) brings to mind the scene in the 1990 miniseries when Tim Curry's Pennywise torments Harry Anderson's Richie Tozier from the bannister of the Derry library, warning him to stay away.
Skarsgård sitting on top of the giant lumberjack statue could end up being an homage to that moment in the miniseries, or something else entirely. Nevertheless, do you notice the presence of wires and the handle Skarsgård is holding onto? That looks like some sort of stunt, where Pennywise will float down from the statue in order to terrify one of the Losers, returning home to Derry, Maine, after 27 years.
With Andy Muschietti returning as director, the follow-up will focus on the adult members of the Losers' Club: James McAvoy (Bill Denbrough), Jessica Chastain (Beverly Marsh), Bill Hader (Richie Tozier), Jay Ryan (Ben Hanscom), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike Hanlon), James Ransone (Eddie Kaspbrak), and Andy Bean (Stanley Uris).
As it goes in the book by Stephen King, this group of friends (making good on a pact they made nearly 30 years previously) will return to Derry and attempt to kill the malevolent entity known as "It" once and for all, when a mysterious string of disappearances and deaths becomes unignorable.
It: Chapter Two floats into theaters Sept. 6, 2019. The Nun writer Gary Dauberman handled the screenplay.