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The young primary cast of Andy Muschietti’s record-breakingly successful Stephen King adaptation It acquitted themselves pretty well, projecting plucky warmth and authentic terror at the hands of Bill Skarsgård’s Pennywise The Clown. But now—with plans for a sequel covering the second half of the book’s chronology already under way—the race is on to see which big-name Hollywood actors can take over the roles of the Losers Club’s adult counterparts.

Muschietti has already started putting together his wish-list; per Variety, the director says he’d love to reunite with his old Mama  star Jessica Chastain to play the adult version of Sophia Lillis’ Bev. Responding to an (admittedly leading) question from journalist Justin Kroll, Muschietti said, “Jessi is an amazing actress and very good friend and I would love her to play Beverly.” That being said, he emphasized that nothing’s set in stone, while also promising that It: Chapter Two will feature more of the interplay between eras that characterized King’s decade-spanning novel. He also noted that the first movie isn’t the last time we’ll see the characters in their younger forms, noting that, “If people love these characters and actors the way I do, it’s going to be a blast to go back to 1989 in the second one.”

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