According to an exclusive from Variety, their sources have told them that Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star in New Line’s IT sequel as the adult version of Beverly. The young Beverly was originally played by Sophia Lillis. The script will be penned by writer Gary Dauberman and Andy Muschietti will return to direct.
The sources have claimed that the negotiations are still in its infancy and that the script for IT is still being worked on but both sides have already discussed Chastain’s involvement in the film. Chastain has been linked to the sequel for quite a bit, since after it’s mammoth of an opening, Director Andy and producer Barbara Muschietti both mentioned in an interview that Chastain is their top choice to play adult Beverly in the sequel. There were also rumors of a potential post credits scene (the new wave of surprises) where Chastain would have made an appearance but that never came to pass. Let’s also not forget that Chastain also has some history with Muschietti having worked with him in his first studio hit, the supernatural thriller Mama.
Despite any kind of speculation, talks had not begun between Chastain and New Line until a couple of weeks ago. The studio firmly sees the film as a big priority for them as it was one of their top movies of 2017 and became the largest grossing horror movie of all time. Well done there, Pennywise!
IT is looking to hit theaters September 6th 2019 with production beginning this summer!