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Jessica Chastain could be the first cast member of It: Chapter II

Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star in It: Chapter II as the adult Beverly Marsh.

hollywood Updated: Feb 21, 2018 13:32 IST
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Jessica Chastain previously collaborated with Andy Muschietti in Mama.(REUTERS)

Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star in It: Chapter II as the adult Beverly. Sources tell Variety, the 40-year-old actor is being considered for the role, which was played by Sophia Lillis in the 2017 horror hit.

The insiders say the film, which will be penned by Gary Dauberman, is currently in the scripting stage. Andy Muschietti is in negotiations to return in the director’s chair. Both the helmer and writer have officially begun discussing Chastain joining the project.

Bill Skarsgard is also expected to reprise his role as Pennywise. The sequel is slated to release on September 6, 2019.

Sophia LIllis in a still from the first It.

Chastain, who has already collaborated with Muschietti in his debut Mama, has been linked to the sequel for some time following its record breaking run at the box office. The film made $700 million worldwide. The actor had also shown interest in starring in the sequel last year in November.

It is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel, which focuses on a group of schoolchildren in a fictional Maine community that battles the small town’s demon as kids, and then again as adults. The first movie centred on the children, while the sequel will follow them into adulthood.

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First Published: Feb 21, 2018 13:31 IST