Andres Muschietti wants Jessica Chastain to star in IT sequel

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 September 2017
Andres Muschietti

Andres Muschietti

Filmmaker Andres Muschietti has revealed he has a few ideas for who could star in the 'IT' sequel including Jessica Chastain, who he worked with on 'Mama'

Andres Muschietti wants Jessica Chastain to play an older Beverly in the 'IT' sequel.

The 44-year-old filmmaker helmed the new adaptation of Stephen King's 1986 novel and Muschietti - who worked with Chastain in 'Mama' - wants to see her in the next film.

Speaking to Variety, the filmmaker said: "Jessi is an amazing actress and a very good friend and I would love her to play Beverly.

"She loves the movie and it feels like the planets are aligned in that sense, but we still have to make that happen.

"There are a lot of ideas for the rest of the cast that I'm playing with, but it's a bit too premature to say those names right now."

'IT' - which is now the highest grossing R-rated movie - follows a group of youngsters who are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against the evil clown Pennywise in Derry, Maine, after multiple children go missing.

The surviving kids mature into adulthood and are forced to revisit their horrors as one by one they encounter Pennywise again and a sequel has already been announced looking at the adults perspective.

In the same interview Muschietti confirmed that the sequel will be "going back to the summer of 1989" where the first film is set in order for the characters to find out how to kill Pennywise.

He said: "We are going back to the summer of 1989 and if people love these characters and actors the way I do, it's going to be a blast to go back to 1989 in the second one.

"I don't want to go back just for that, I want to make those flashbacks essential in the plot where in order for the Losers to figure out the clues to defeat Pennywise, they have to retrieve their memories from the past."


  • 3 stars
  • 2017
  • US
  • 2h 15min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andrés Muschietti
  • Cast: Jaeden Lieberher, Bill Skarsgård, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jack Dylan Grazer
  • UK release: 8 September 2017

A group of kids discovers that their town is haunted by an evil shape-shifting clown (Skarsgård). Well-crafted and properly creepy, with a sinister turn from Skarsgård as the dribbling Pennywise and Lillis superb as the gang’s only female member, it lays down solid groundwork for the planned second instalment.

It Chapter Two

  • 3 stars
  • 2019
  • US
  • 2h 50min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Andy Muschietti
  • Cast: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Bill Skarsgård, Bill Hader
  • UK release: 6 September 2019

Twenty-seven years after the events of the first film, the town experiences a series of attacks, causing the Losers to reunite. Darker-toned than the first one, it has an impactful story about friendship and buried secrets and if the repetitive CGI lose their impact, there are still surprises in store.

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