As we eagerly await news of casting decisions for It: Chapter 2, at least one of the core characters seems close to being locked down. While nothing is in any way confirmed, Jessica Chastain is looking likely to step into the role of Beverly Marsh, played in Part 1 by Sophia Lillis.
As well as suiting the character in a physical sense, Chastain also has an existing relationship with Muschietti, having starred in the director’s debut, Mama. On top of that, Muschietti clearly has her in mind for the role, telling Variety recently: “Jessica 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.”
Chastain responded this week in an interview with Screen Rant, saying: “Well, I love Andy and Barbara. I worked with them on Andy’s directorial debut, you know, his film, Mama. His first film. And you know, Barbara is one of my best friends so… Listen, of course, I want to work… they’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen.”
Watch this space.
It: Chapter 2 reunites The Losers’ Club 27 years after the events of the first film, switching between their return to Derry and that summer when they first faced Pennywise. The film will hit cinemas on September 6th, 2019.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)