Stephen King’s novel “It” is actually two parallel stories, about a group of seven kids fighting the monstrous clown Pennywise, and then returning to finish the job as adults. With “It: Chapter One” a huge horror movie success, here’s who we think should pick up the reins in “It: Chapter Two.”
Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher): Edward Norton
An essential part of Bill Denbrough is that, as a child, he struggled with a stuttering problem. Jaeden Lieberher did a solid job dealing with the stutter as the leader of the Losers Club. Edward Norton, who has a decent physical resemblance to Lieberher, has proven to be one of the best stutterers possibly ever in his turn in the 1996 thriller “Primal Fear.” When he returns to Derry, the stutter does to, giving Norton a chance to deploy those skills again.
Jaeden Lieberher’s Choice: Christian Bale
During an interview with Moviefone, the “It: Chapter One” cast discussed their picks for who would play their adult counterparts. Lieberher said he’d like for Christian Bale to play the grown-up version of Bill, and Bale is known for taking tough acting roles. He’s got few that might qualify as horror, though, and hasn’t ever had to act scared of a demonic clown or its many other manifestations. But nobody let him wear the 2018 equivalent of 1990 Bill’s ponytail, which one assumes would be a manbun.
Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis): Amy Adams
It’s actually a bit weird how much Sophia Lillis looks like Amy Adams, selling her as the grown-up version of Beverly. Lillis’ turn as Bev was actually a more brave and often heroic version than in the 1990 adaptation, and Adams’ experience as Lois Lane in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and as an alien researcher in “Arrival” would probably be valuable.
Sophia Lillis’ Choice: Jessica Chastain
Chastain is also a pretty good look-alike for Lillis, and her work definitely suggests she could handle both being very afraid of an evil clown and gritting her teeth in order to fight it. She’s also got some horror chops, having taken a turn adding creepiness to the situation in Guillermo del Toro’s “Crimson Peak.”
Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor): Chris Hemsworth
In “It,” the 1990 TV movie adaptation, Ben is an overweight kid but gets in shape in his teens. He comes back as John Ritter, looking pretty good in a vest and beard. The ultimate “grew up to be hot” transformation for “It” would be Chris Hemsworth taking on the role of Ben. It might be overdoing it a little, but it would give Hemsworth a chance to fight some horror movie monsters after getting epically offed in “Cabin in the Woods.”
Jeremy Ray Taylor’s Choice: Chris Pratt
Since he actually played the character, Taylor might actually have the better sense for casting here. Pratt transformed his body pretty significantly for his role in Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies. He’d have to resist being the group’s funnyman, though — that’s not Ben, and the role is already filled by Richie.
Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard): Paul Rudd
Jokester Richie Tozier grows up to be a radio disc jockey in King’s novel, famous for doing a variety of voices. In the 1990 adaptation, he’s a stand-up comic, and in both versions he’s pretty successful. Rudd’s a proven comedian with plenty of drama chops as well, and he’s fought at least one monster in his movie career, taking on Michael Myers in “Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers.”
Finn Wolfhard’s Choice: Bill Hader
Bill Hader was actually my first choice too, but Wolfhard stole it. As a “Saturday Night Live” alumnus, Hader can definitely handle Richie’s humor, and he and Wolfhard actually look a lot alike. In fact, Hader is kind of perfect for the role, and it’d be an interesting change of pace to see him outside of a comedy.
Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs): Jordan Peele
In the book and 1990 adaptation, Mike Hanlon is the only member of the Losers Club who stays in Derry. He works as a librarian and keeps watch in case Pennywise ever shows back up in town. Mike’s role might change in “It: Chapter Two,” since the historian role he plays in the book fell to Ben in the movie, but Peele could still pull off the bookish but determined version of Hanlon. Plus, Peele’s a major horror fan.
Chosen Jacob’s Choice: Chadwick Boseman
If the kids from “It: Chapter One” have their way, two Marvel superheroes will show up in the Losers Club, which doesn’t sound very loser-y. That said, Boseman would definitely bring the role the gravitas that Mike needs as the “lighthouse keeper” who’s waiting for the monster, and who manages to reunite the Losers and convince them to keep their promises.
Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer): David Tennant
In “It,” Eddie is a smaller kid whose mother abuses him for his entire life by constantly trying to make him believe he’s sick. As a skinnier guy, Tennant has a similar physicality, but he’s also proven he can handle the mix of horror and comedy Jack Dylan Grazer brings to the role in the movie with his role in “Fright Night.”
Jack Dylan Grazer’s Choice: Jake Gyllenhaal
Gyllenhaal is also a pretty good fit for Eddie’s future self. He can handle Eddie’s hypochondriac intensity and can handle both the comedy aspects and the horrified freaking out that Grazer brings the character, and it helps that the pair have a similar look.
Stan Uris (Wyatt Oleff): Zach Braff
Of all the Losers, Stan Uris has the toughest time dealing with what he’s seen of the creature, and he’s come the closest of any of the kids to death. That’s a bit of neurosis that Braff could definitely handle as he struggles to come to grips with the promise he made and the need to return to Derry.
Wyatt Oleff’s Choice: Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Another good pick from the “It” kids, Gordon-Levitt is definitely someone could handle Stan’s overwhelming fear of Pennywise pretty effectively as an actor. We could also stand to see him back in a horror movie after his stint in “Halloween: H20” back in 1998.