IT Chapter Two: Cast & Character Guide

  A photo shopped image of Pennywise (left) and the actor who portrays him, Bill Skarsgård (right) for the upcoming sequel, It Chapter Two (2019)

Originally written By Allie Gemmill for Screen Rant

In September, audiences will return with the Losers' Club to the sleepy town of Derry, Maine for IT Chapter Two. A sequel to 2017's IT, IT Chapter Two sees the Losers' Club all grown up but still working through the trauma of their childhood encounter with Pennywise the demon clown, as they are forced to return to their hometown to try and stop his reign of terror for good.

Adapted from Stephen King's novel of the same name, IT followed a group of pre-teens who discover the unsettling truth behind a spate of mysterious disappearances in their hometown of Derry. Children, including Losers' Club leader Bill Denbrough's younger brother Georgie, are vanishing into thin air, leaving nothing but mystery and fear in their wake. As the Losers go deeper into the town's history and try to confront the evil entity known as Pennywise, they realized their opponent is much more terrifying than they ever could have imagined.

IT Chapter Two features another stellar ensemble cast comprised of familiar faces like James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, and Bill Hader. Additionally, the younger ensemble first seen in IT — including Jaeden Martell, Sophia Lillis, and Finn Wolfhard — will also return for the sequel. Here is a full guide to the cast and characters of IT Chapter Two.

BILL SKARSGÅRD AS PENNYWISE THE DANCING CLOWN

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The terrifying demon known as both "It" and "Pennywise the Dancing Clown" in the books and the films will once again be portrayed by Bill Skarsgård (Castle Rock, Deadpool 2). Pennywise is an ancient demon who, as the Losers' Club discovers, has deep ties to the community of Derry. It's believed Pennywise is responsible for waves of death that sweep through Derry every 27 years. He is able to take any form and also able to create demonic projections to terrorize his victims. Pennywise feeds off the fear of his victim, so the more scared he can make them, the better.

JAEDEN MARTELL & JAMES MCAVOY AS BILL DENBROUGH

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In IT, Bill Denbrough is played by Jaeden Martell (The Book of Henry, Midnight Special). Bill's younger brother, Georgie, is the first of Pennywise's victims during his waves of attacks in 1988. Georgie's death and the subsequent appearances of Pennywise alert Bill to the his existence and propel him and the Losers' Club on a quest for answers on how to defeat the demon clown.

The adult version of Bill will be played by James McAvoy (X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Atomic Blonde). Bill is married to a woman called Audra Philips, and he's turned his childhood talent for writing into a career. Always the unofficial leader of the Losers' Club, Bill reluctantly resumes the leadership role when Mike calls the old friends back to Derry, believing that Pennywise has returned.

SOPHIA LILLIS & JESSICA CHASTAIN AS BEVERLY MARSH

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The lone female member of the Losers Club in IT was Beverly Marsh, played by Sophia Lillis (who has gone on to star in HBO's Sharp Objects and Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase). As a young girl, Beverly struggles with avoiding the advances of her sexually abusive father and being bullied by other girls at school. She finds a safe haven with the Losers' Club and proves a game ally in the fight to defeat Pennywise.

In IT Chapter Two, Beverly will be played by Jessica Chastain (X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Interstellar, The Help). As an adult, Beverly has tried hard to escape the wounds of her childhood but has been unsuccessful. She's dating Tom Rogan, an abusive man whose bruises are still visible when she returns to Derry with the rest of the Losers' Club.

FINN WOLFHARD & BILL HADER AS RICHIE TOZIER

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Strangers Things star Finn Wolfhard played smart-aleck Richie Tozier in IT. As a kid, Richie behaves very much like other boys his age, pushing the boundaries with subversive jokes and not trying to take anything too seriously. That all changes when Pennywise emerges and Richie makes a valiant effort to step up and help his friends defeat the demon clown.

The adult Richie will be played by none other than Bill Hader, coming off a hot streak on HBO's Barry but best known for his time on Saturday Night Live. Richie grows up to be the jokester he was as a kid, turning those comedic instincts into a lucrative career as a radio DJ. Audiences can expect Hader to infuse his own dark comedy into his performance as Richie will likely try to lighten the mood in the fight to take down Pennywise in IT Chapter Two.

JACK DYLAN GRAZER & JAMES RANSONE AS EDDIE KASPBRAK

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In IT, Eddie Kaspbrak is played by Jack Dylan Grazer (Shazam!, Beautiful Boy). Eddie is a hypochondriac who has been raised to fear anything too squeamish or dirty, thanks to his overbearing mother. Eddie doesn't do well when Pennywise emerges in 1988, bearing some of the terrifying brunt of Pennywise's attacks on the Losers' Club.

The adult Eddie will be played by James Ransone (most recognizable for his roles in Sinister and Sinister 2). Eddie grows up to have a fulfilling, successful life in New York City. In the books, he runs a limousine company with a long list of celebrity clients, which Eddie finds exciting. He's reluctantly drawn back to Derry with the rest of the Losers' Club to take on Pennywise for a second time.

JEREMY RAY TAYLOR & JAY RYAN AS BEN HANSCOM

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Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin & the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, 42, Ant-Man) brought to life the very sweet and sensitive Ben Hanscom in IT. As a kid, Ben is constantly bullied by Henry Bowers but is quickly taken under the Losers' Club's collective wing after befriending Beverly on the last day of school. Ben quickly emerges as one of the bravest members of the team, often stepping forward to face Pennywise and try to take him down.

As an adult, Ben will be portrayed by Jay Ryan (known for his roles in Neighbours and The CW's Beauty & the Beast). In the books, Ben is still affected by his childhood encounters with Pennywise and has tried to escape the trauma. He's stayed in touch with Mike, who alerts him to Pennywise's possible return.

WYETT OLEFF & ANDY BEAN AS STANLEY URIS

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Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy, Once Upon a Time) played the young version of Stanley Uris in IT. Stanley as a young man is the more conservative member of the Losers' Club, often trying to rationalize what's happening while keeping the rest of the group calm. That doesn't help when Pennywise manages to terrorize him in while he's alone in his father's office.

Stanley's encounters with Pennywise in 1988 leave him forever changed and when the rest of the Losers' Club comes together and decides to go to Derry, Stanley refuses to go. We'll see adult Stanley, played by Swamp Thing actor Andy Bean, but it's unclear how much audiences will see of him since he's mostly absent from the first trailer, implying he stays away from Derry in the film just as he did in the book.

CHOSEN JACOBS & ISAIAH MUSTAFA AS MIKE HANLON

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Chosen Jacobs, whose previous credits include Castle Rock on Hulu and Hawaii Five-O, was tasked with portraying the young Mike Hanlon in IT. In 1988, Mike is initially afraid of anything too gruesome, as evidenced by his inability to euthanize a sheep on his father's farm. He links up with the Losers' Club after he sees Pennywise while making a meat delivery to the Derry butcher shop.

Isaiah Mustafa is best known from his starring role in Old Spice commercials and most recently appeared in Freeform's Shadowhunters. Mustafa will be taking over for Jacobs to play Mike as an adult. Now in his 30s, Mike has stayed in Derry and become the town librarian. He's the only member of the Losers' Club who has tried to figure out the mystery behind Pennywise's origins. As such, he has a wealth of information about the town's history that will become invaluable in the fight against the demon clown.

THE SUPPORTING CAST OF IT & IT CHAPTER TWO

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Jackson Robert Scott as Georgie Denbrough: Jackson Robert Scott will reprise his role as Bill's little brother, Georgie, one of the first victims taken by Pennywise during his last wave of crime in 1988. As was the case in IT, the real Georgie will not be seen during the film but rather a ghoulish version of him created by Pennywise to scare Bill and the Losers Club.

Jess Weixler as Audra Phillips: Indie darling Jess Weixler, whose past credits include Teeth, Listen Up Philip, and CBS' The Good Wife, will play Audra Phillips. Audra is Bill's wife who slowly becomes entangled in the Losers Club's fight against Pennywise as the film progresses.

Nicholas Hamilton and Teach Grant as Henry Bowers: Nicholas Hamilton, who played the young version of Henry Bowers in IT, will return (likely in flashbacks or dream sequences) for IT Chapter Two. Teach Grant, whose previous credits include roles on TV shows like The Terror and The 100, will play the adult Henry Bowers. Young Henry's interactions with Pennywise in IT did not bode well for him and as he grew up, those brutal tendencies he exhibited as a teenager have only grown into adulthood. Expect adult Henry to be a truly terrifying character.

Logan Thompson as Victor Criss: Young actor Logan Thompson will reprise his role as Victor Criss, the childhood friend of Henry who played a part in bullying the Losers Club. Thompson's return to the role hints Victor will be shown in flashbacks or dream sequences.

Xavier Dolan as Adrian Mellon and Taylor Frey as Don Hagarty: French-Canadian director and actor Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Heartbeats) and newcomer Taylor Frey (Days of Our Lives, G.B.F.) will appear in IT Chapter Two briefly as Adrian Mellon and Don Hagarty, a young couple in Derry who provide the Losers' Club with a reason to return home and reunite to defeat Pennywise.

Stephen Bogaert as Mr. Marsh: Beverly's horrible, abusive father, Mr. Marsh, will reappear in flashbacks in IT Chapter Two. Actor Stephen Bogaert, who has previously appeared in hit movies like American Psycho and X-Men: Apocalypse, will return to the role.
Ari Cohen as Rabbi Uris: Ari Cohen returns to play Rabbi Uris, Stanley's father who was unsympathetic to Stanley's fears of being alone in the synagogue as a child. Cohen's past credits include roles in films like Molly's Game and Maps to the Stars. 

Will Beinbrink as Tom Rogan: Will Beinbrink has been acting since the late '90s, racking up credits on hit shows like ER and Queen of the South and appearing in indie dramas like Ain't Them Bodies Saints and I Saw the Light. In IT Chapter Two, Beinbrink will play Tom Rogan, Beverly's abusive husband who has a key role in the climactic events of the movie.

Joan Gregson as Mrs. Kersch:  Hollywood veteran Joan Gregson, whose most recognizable, recent credits include Hollywoodland and the CW reboot of Nikita. Gregson will be playing Mrs. Kersch, the elderly woman who now lives in Beverly's childhood home. It's revealed in the film that Mrs. Kersch's father was part of a traveling circus and he performed as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (sound familiar?).

 

It Chapter Two opens at Regal tonight!

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