Looks Like Pennywise Beat Up James McAvoy on the Set of ‘IT: Chapter 2’ (Photo)

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James McAvoy has mixed it up with Pennywise the Dancing Clown on the set of “IT: Chapter 2,” and apparently it didn’t go super well.

McAvoy instagrammed the aftermath of his battle with the evil shape-shifting clown (played by Bill Skarsgard) during shooting. According to the post, the result was “two pulled thighs.” The photo shows McAvoy in his chair on set, using “Compresse Froide” (“cold compress” in French — the movie’s shooting in Toronto, which is sorta close to French-speaking Quebec) — to ease the pain.

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While McAvoy might have lost this go-round with Pennywise, he promised he wasn’t done with the fight against Pennywise via a hashtag: “#gonnatakehimdowntoclowntown.” We assume that, despite Pennywise being a clown, “Clown Town” is a euphemism for a beat-down and not a place he would actually want to go.

In the second movie of the two-part “IT” film adaptation, McAvoy plays the grown-up version Bill Denbrough, played as a kid by Jaeden Lieberher in the first “IT.” Bill is something of the leader of the group of kids known as the “Losers Club,” and he led them down into the sewers beneath Derry, Maine, (Clown Town?) to fight the demonic clown — and they even managed to defeat it.

Given the dirty look of McAvoy’s clothes and the discussion of fighting Pennywise, it’s a fair guess that McAvoy and the rest of the cast were filming what might be the climactic final battle between the Losers Club and their clown arch-nemesis. In the first “IT,” the final fight between the kids and Pennywise took place in a huge, cavernous room beneath the city, but while they hurt the clown, they didn’t manage to kill it before it escaped down a pipe. If the novel (and McAvoy’s clothes in the shot) are any indication, the final fight between the Losers and Pennywise will likely take them even deeper into the earth, to stop Pennywise from escaping a second time.

Just what that final battle will be like is an open question, however. In the Stephen King novel on which the movie is based, Pennywise isn’t the true form of the creature the kids are hunting, but one of its many shapeshifting masks. The real monster looks more like a giant spider, something we haven’t seen yet.

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And then there’s the question of the fight itself. The movie version of the battle with Pennywise in “IT” included some spooky trickery and an emphasis on the kids refusing to be afraid of the clown, which drained its powers, but they still wound up smashing its head with a pipe. The novel battle is different — it’s all mental, with Bill facing down the spider-monster on another plane of existence, beating it with what is basically the pure power of belief. When the adults show up 27 years later, the fight with the spider is pretty similar to that battle.

If McAvoy’s Bill is straining to fight Pennywise (or maybe the spider version of the clown), that suggests a more physical confrontation with the creature than what’s in the novel. That could mean that trying to predict the outcome of “IT: Chapter 2” from the way King’s novel shakes out might be a lost cause. We’ll have to wait for the movie’s release in September 2019 to find out.

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James McAvoy Photos From ‘IT: Chapter 2’ Suggest More to the Kids’ Story

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Production for “IT: Chapter 2” is underway, and social media posts from the stars might have just given fans some new information about the highly anticipated sequel.

James McAvoy, who plays the adult version of Losers Club leader Bill Denbrough in “IT: Chapter 2,” posted new photos from working on the movie. The series of Polaroids show him with co-stars Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain and James Ransone. And there’s another photo of co-star Isaiah Mustafa.

Snapped IT. #itmovie #thedisapearanceofthemoviesweshot #itmovie????

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Most interesting, though, is that one of the photos shows McAvoy with two of the kid stars of “IT”: Jaeden Lieberher, who plays young Bill in the first “IT,” and Jack Dylan Grazer, who plays young Eddie Kaspbrak, the character Ransone is taking on as an adult. The kids’ return to the movie has been rumored, but never announced by filmmakers. Photos of them hanging out with McAvoy and others from the “IT: Chapter 2” cast suggests we might not have seen the end of the kids’ half of the story in “IT,” and that more events from 1989 might pop up in the second part of the series.

If you’re unfamiliar with the story of “IT,” or the Stephen King novel on which it’s based, it covers two key time periods. Without spoilers: The first is when the seven main characters, who call themselves “The Losers Club,” were kids in their home town of Derry, Maine, during a summer in which children are being terrorized by a demonic clown called Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard). The second time period is 27 years later, when the Losers come back together after years apart to deal with the threat to Derry once and for all.

The novel portrays the two time periods side-by-side as a series of memories and flashbacks as the adult Losers head back to Maine, but the film adaptation has split them evenly. Last year’s “IT” covered the portion about the children, which took place in 1989; “IT: Chapter 2” was seemingly just the adult half of the story, set in the present day.

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McAvoy’s photos suggest that, like the book it’s based on, “IT: Chapter 2” might be a bit more fluid with its time periods.

Chastain, who plays the adult version of Beverly Marsh in the second part of the horror hit, also posted a photo on Instagram celebrating her start of filming. The photo shows the transformation of Beverly from child to adult — the left side of the photo is the face of Sophia Lillis, who played Beverly as a child in last year’s “IT,” while the right side is Chastain’s face, Beverly’s grown-up version.

DAY 1 ??” #BeverlyMarsh #ITmovie????

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“IT: Chapter 2” is currently set to hit theaters in September 2019.

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‘It: Chapter Two’ Signs Isaiah Mustafa as Grown-Up Mike Hanlon

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Actor Isaiah Mustafa — best known as the Old Spice guy — has signed on as the adult version of Mike Hanlon in the sequel “It: Chapter Two,” TheWrap has learned.

Mustafa joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader and Jay Ryan, who have already been cast to play Beverly, Bill, Richie and Ben, respectively. Bill Skarsgard will reprise his role as Pennywise the Clown.

Released last September, “It” became the highest grossing horror film of all-time, bringing in $700 million worldwide. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman are also returning for “Chapter Two,” which will be released by Warner Bros. and New Line on September 6, 2019. Production is expected to start this summer.

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“It” tells the first half of King’s novel, which follows a group of children terrorized by Pennywise the Clown. “Chapter Two” will focus on the book’s second half, in which the same characters  — now adults — return home to face Pennywise once again.

Actor Chosen Jacobs, who played the younger version of the Mike Hanlon role in last year’s “It,” was the first to announce the news of Mustafa’s casting on Friday night on Instagram.

Mustafa recently finished shooting the final season of  “Shadowhunters,” which airs on the Freeform channel.

“It: Chapter Two” begins production in July in Toronto, Canada, and is scheduled for release on September 6, 2019.

You’re one of us now @isaiahmustafa. #ITMovie

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