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Jessica Chastain Wants to Play Beverly in ‘IT: Chapter 2’

She certainly looks the part!

As far as we’re aware, casting for the adult Losers’ Club in 2019’s IT: Chapter 2 has not yet begun, but one of the big names being thrown around since before the first film even came out has been Jessica Chastain, who seems to be a shoe-in for the role of Beverly Marsh.

After all, Chastain looks like a grown up Sophia Lillis, and she’s also got a history with director Andy Muschietti, having starred in his debut feature, Mama.

Speaking with Screen Rant, Chastain revealed that she’d love to play Beverly.

Well, I love Andy and Barbara,” Chastain told the site. “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.”

Not surprisingly, Muschietti also loves the idea.

Jessica is an amazing actress and a very good friend and I would love her to play Beverly,” he recently told Variety.  “She loves the movie and it feels like the planets are aligned in that sense, but we still have to make that happen. There are a lot of ideas for the rest of the cast that I’m playing with, but it’s a bit too premature to say those names right now.”

Muschietti will direct the second chapter in the epic saga for New Line and Warner Bros., while Gary Dauberman (IT) has inked a deal to write the script.

Part two is about these characters 30 years later as adults,” Muschietti recently noted, “with flashbacks to 1989 when they were kids.”

The sequel will arrive in theaters on September 6, 2019.



  • The chicken man


  • Like I said ago, I prefer to watch unknown good actors starring IT: Chapter 2. 🙂

    • JoeInTheBox

      I follow that logic. However, like the tv version of IT Part 2, the added benefit of casting known actors comes with the same feeling of seeing old friends reuniting. John Ritter, Henry Thomas, etc brought along the feeling of nostalgia, that comes with seeing friends you haven’t seen in a long time, reuniting.

  • llcc1103

    Mush Mush the hack!

    • Jaimie

      love it when a director has a hit and some jealous asshole screams “HACK!”

      • llcc1103

        A lot of terrible overrated movies are hits.

        • WALKTER

          Oh internets, I hope you never changes.

        • Trav

          That’s the thing: IT was great, and the small group of people hating on it seem to be doing it just because they want to be “different” from the rest of the crowd.

          • Jaimie


          • Skiptomylou

            They think it’s cool to be the first hater. I guarantee you, all of them are extremist liberals. I don’t know what’s supposed to be cool about being contrary, but they are cheating themselves of fun and good times. So be it. Maybe when they’re old, they will look back on their miserable ‘cool’ lives, and finally realize that being little shits wasn’t cool at all.

          • DannX68

            AGAIN with politics on an article about a non-political movie? WTF is it with you Americans?

          • Skiptomylou

            DannX68, you’d have to live here to understand. It was only a reference to the type of person who hates as their first reaction, not actual politics.

      • Khy

        So obviously bitter they are. Horror fans love attacking their own successful directors. It’s sad and odd.

    • Khy


  • Khy

    I think it will happen.

    But if not- Rachelle Leferve… She’s inexpensive, hell of an actress, and still a fresh face when it comes to the mainstream.

    • J Jett

      Khy, the fact you even brought up Rachelle Leferve’s name on this site is another reason why you are awesome! i love Rachelle!

      • Devon Lutzenberger

        I still remember her from that show Big Wolf on Campus.

    • BreeBennett

      Love her.

  • Necro

    Sounds very likely after reading that.

  • James

    Either Jessica or Amy Adams. I’d be happy with either.

    • J Jett

      James i agree!

  • Galaxy_Scribe


  • DukeStKing

    How about giving some talented unknowns a chance? We definitely need some new faces out there.

  • Either you are happy with Jessica playing Bev or not, we can all agree that she’s an extremely talented actress and that’s always a good point for the movie.

    • Barry El Beardo

      And if they can get Jessica Chastain on board, I’m sure the rest of the cast would be respectable actors too 🙂

  • Kyle Cole

    She’s exactly who I’d pick also!!

  • Nia Snacks

    She wants to be in a movie that is going to make a ton of money? No shit!

    • theundead

      You’re dumb

    • Shamil Moorad

      It will make 1 billion in 2019

  • Edwina Gein

    Fingers crossed, she was my fancast

  • Devon Lutzenberger

    I wonder if Isla Fisher would be good as Beverly.

    • Shamil Moorad

      Nah Isla doesn’t seem keen or real

    • Skiptomylou

      She does favor Fisher, as well. But I’m not sure Fisher could pull this role off. She’s usually in comedies.

  • Pyronaut

    I think Amy Adams looks the part more than Jessica Chastain. While watching the movie I kept thinking that the girl looked like a young Amy Adams.

    • I’m also in the Amy Adams camp

      • Shamil Moorad

        Me too

    • Shamil Moorad

      I agree

    • Skiptomylou

      I did too. It’s a no brainer. Same profile, nose, lips.

      • jacobia

        I know, right? It’d be great to compare a pic of Amy Adams when she was the same age as Sophia Lillis is now.

  • Boydon

    “she certainly looks the part!”

    lol no she doesn’t. not all gingers look alike. the girl is a spitting image of amy adams. just give it to her and be done with it. or stunt cast and give it to molly ringwald.

  • Demetra

    Colin Hanks as Bill
    Jessica Chastain or Rachelle Lefevre as Bev
    Travis Fimmel as Ben
    Simon Helberg as Richie
    Chad Coleman as Mike
    Matthew Goode as Eddie
    James Badge Dale as Stanley
    Tika Sumpter as Audra

    • Is it bad that I have no idea who any of those people are?

      • J Jett

        you’ve never watched even 1 episode of BIG BANG THEORY?

        • Minya

          (proudly) nope

        • Nope! It’s never really appealed to me 😛

      • Minya


    • DukeStKing

      Not bad!

    • Michael85

      Ew, Big Bang Theory creep? no thanks.

    • Frank Gambino

      good list, cept for richie.. and ben has brown eyes

    • Reason

      Simon Helberg would be the worst casting choice since The Dark Tower.

  • Luca Vasto

    chastain is a very good actress, but she is not like sophia lillis , imho amy adams or the beautiful rachel nichols are perfect for beverly

    • theundead

      Too bad they are looking at her for the role

  • Shamil Moorad

    I love Jessica in the help, it would make the character strong as Beverley but Amy Adams is more believable and convincing and Christian Bale has to star as well

    • Skiptomylou

      Adams was my choice, as well.

  • BreeBennett

    Please, make it happen.

  • sliceanddice

    I’d prefer unknowns.

  • Eddie Barsh

    No. Just no. IMO I don’t think they should hire her because IT has something special going on. They’ve made 6-7 hundred million. If you hire Jessica Chastain you get the benefit of star power but the tradeoff is you get someone w alot of divisive views which may anger part of the fan base. Word is Chapter 2 is going to do something a bit different. And we know sequels usually never work out especially when they try something different. So already there is risk. Off top. We’ve seen with the NFL, Papa Johns Pizza, and many others who decide to stick their noses in politics how it can adversely affect their brand. NFLs rating are down big time due to protests, as a result papa johns has lost nearly 100 million. I don’t think we should create controversy and hire Chastain. I think we should focus on continuing what we started in Part 1 without any distractions. Jessica Chastain just comes w too much baggage

    • Michael85

      Eh? King attacked Trump before IT release. The movie did amazing. Few moviegoers care about politics.

      • Eddie Barsh

        Many people attack Trump, Join the club. But as a hardcore feminist and her divisive comments it would be foolish to think her views wouldn’t provoke some horror fans who have strong political views. We’ve seen recently how hard TV ratings can be hit by fans who boycott their products. Ask the NFL, they supported players who kneeled. Once the ratings tumbled and sponsors started pulling out they immediately reversed course and asked players to stand. So I disagree w you. And maybe you’re right. Maybe chastain wouldn’t be controversial for this film… But why take the risk? IMO hire someone else.

        • Michael85

          NFL =/= Movies.

          Wow. This is some major concern trolling from a secret Trump fanboy.

          You reaslly think the average moviegoer knows about Chastain the person? No one cares about that shit. If it’s well marketed and a great trailer people will see it.

          • Eddie Barsh

            Let’s not namecall, I never insulted you so please respect me and do the same. And yes absolutely ppl don’t see certain movies for political reasons. If you think they don’t then I would suggest you do some research

          • Frank Gambino

            who gives a shit? Im a democrat, hate trump, but I still love me some Clint Eastwood. His movies are great. I dont agree with his politics, but I dont give a shit. Hes talented.

          • Eddie Barsh

            “You really think the average moviegoer cares about politics? No1 cares about that shit”


          • Michael85

            Some of those were failures. Great Wall failed because it looked bad. Some of those boycotts aren’t even political. Again IT did great despite anti Trump King.

  • Brett Carruthers

    I’m seemingly the only person who isn’t really into Jessica Chastain for that role. She’s a fine actress but doesn’t feel right for it.

    • Eddie Barsh


    • Skiptomylou

      She’s an excellent actress, but I think Adams is a slam dunk, perfect match. Plus, she’s the perfect age.

  • Skiptomylou

    My thought was that Amy Adams really favored Sophia. I’d love to see Adams in the role.

  • Or we could wait 27 years and keep the same cast ? ;P

    • sedoi

      twin peaks style

    • Michael Aensland

      they could’ve easily set it up so that the kids from the original miniseries played the older club in the second film here. one of em is dead, one of em is seth green, and the others are proper shit or unforgettable (aside from my unapologetic fave emily perkins), but it’d be neat nonetheless.

  • DukeStKing

    Chastain has a prominent cleft chin. Young Beverly does not. Also, what’s with all the anger towards people that didn’t think that IT was all that great? What makes us “haters?” The fact that we have a different opinion of the movie? The fact that maybe it was so over hyped that it ended up being a letdown to some of us? If we’re “haters” then you’re all crybabies. Grow up. Not everyone is going to agree with you about everything. No matter how right you believe yourselves to be. You all talk tough on the Internet. Give it a rest. Agree to disagree. Done.

    • Skiptomylou

      I’ll answer, and I think I speak for the rest of the class: it’s been ‘a thing’ in this country since the internet devoured us, where no matter how people seem to love something, there’s a subclass of people who leap on every opportunity to be haters. And it’s not so much that they disagree, they seem to relish smearing it in the faces of those who like it. It’s usually something like ‘Overrated!’ When forty people have just said that they personally loved it, it seems kinda unnecessarily negative.

      • DukeStKing

        I get what you’re saying. But I’ve noticed that it works the other way as well. I was recently told to shut the fuck up for expressing my opinion. So obviously, there’s vitriol on both sides, unfortunately. But thank you for being earnest and civil in your response.

    • gabriel

      I liked it, but not as much as Split and a couple of others this year.

    • Tiger Quinn

      More to the point, what if you took your own advice and just said what you wanted? I don’t give a fuck if people call me haters – it’s a message board. I message. Caring about other people’s bullshit just gives THEM all the power. Fuck that.

      • DukeStKing

        Well put. I’ll definitely take it under advisement.

    • Chip

      There’s a difference between saying “Welp, I didn’t enjoy X, Y, and Z” Versus charging in to say “This is shit, and anyone who likes it has shit tastes.” with all the various ways you can say that and carry it’s baggage.

  • NOCC Monkey

    It must suck for a director to have an actor/actress be a friend of the family and want to be in your film and then you either almost have to consider them for the role or awkwardly disappoint them and let them down.

  • Michael85

    Why? So she sink that movie’s box office as well.

    • Rick Sanchez

      She was in:
      The Martian – Budget: 108 million / Gross: 228 million
      The Help – Budget: 25 million / Gross: 170 million
      Zero Dark Thirty – Budget: 40 million / Gross: 95.7 million
      Mama – Budget: 20 million / Gross: 71 million
      Madagascar 3 – Budget: 145 million / Gross: 216 million

      So…what was your point again?

  • ScaryLarryV

    I’m just gonna throw this out there Rampage Jackson as Mike Hanlon.

  • Marla

    No she doesn’t. The remake was shIT, so she’d only be doing it for the money.

    • Michael Aensland

      i don’t know, man. even people who i thought would know better fucking LOVED the film. i feel like i’m in bizzarro-world.

    • Chip

      Fuck off.

    • Bill Agans

      It wasn’t a remake.

  • Chip

    New Line won’t pay the kinda check Amy Adams commands, especially not after what Scarsegard is going to be able to command: They cannot, and will not move foreward without him, and he could very well suck up whatever free money New Line will afford this project. The only reason Chastain is in talks is because of her friendship with the director. Otherwise this movie is absolutely going to have no A list actors. A listers that already have star power don’t need horror: it doesn’t pay well. The rewards of horror is exposure, which is why Chastain did it in the first place. Neither actresses need it now.

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