With Jessica Chastain officially on board It: Chapter 2, New Line has now begun to zero in on who will play the rest of the Losers Club with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks to join the next installment.
Various sources say that McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, who was played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first pic, while Hader is in talks for the role of Richie, which was played by Finn Wolfhard in the last film. As previously announced, Chastain will play Beverly.
Director Andy Muschietti is back to direct, with Gary Dauberman penning the script. Sources stress that negotiations are early and that the script is still being worked on, but both sides have officially begun discussing her coming on to the project.
Bill Skarsgard is also expected to return as Pennywise. The sequel will bow on September 6, 2019, with production expected to start this summer. Muschietti said last fall that he hoped to bring all of the original actors back for flashback sequences in the sequel but sources say that is still being worked out.
The film was a massive hit, grossing $700 million worldwide including $327 domestically. McAvoy is no stranger to franchises, having played Charles Xavier in the recent X-Men franchise. He can be seen next in Glass, the sequel to the smash hit Split, reprising his acclaimed role of Kevin Crumb. He is repped by UTA and United Agents.