Based on the novel by Stephen King of the same name, the story of IT follows a ragtag bunch of friends, the self proclaimed “Losers Club,” as they try to uncover the cause of the mysterious murders happening in their smalltown of Dairy. Little did they know, the death toll is caused by their town murderous demon, Pennywise, that feeds on children every 27 years…and guess who’s hungry.
The novel’s initial screen debut was a TV Mini-Series back in 1990. When the reboot announcement of IT came out, it received a lot of backlash. When the film lost their original choice to play the murderous clown, Pennywise, and then cast the lesser known Skarsgård brother, Bill, fans of the book and original mini-series continued to be skeptical.
But, in Hollywood Magic fashion, the film proved the skeptics wrong by smashing box office records with reviewers and audiences alike raving about the first installment (even giving it a 92% score on Rotten Tomatoes) during its opening weekend and the sequel was greenlit by the studio.
IT 2 will continue the story 27 years later, bringing our “Losers Club” back together as adults to take on the menacing demon one last time. The biggest task casting has had to take on is finding adult version of the spectacular kids, and so far they’ve doing a bangarang job!
Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game) will play Adult Beverly, James Ransone (Sinister 2) is playing Adult Eddie, Jay Ryan (Beauty and The Beast) will play Adult Ben, Andy Bean (Power) is playing Adult Stanley, and James McAvoy (Split) and Bill Hader (SNL) are in talks to play Adult Bill and Adult Richie.
That means the only one missing from the Losers Club is Mike Hanland, played by Chosen Jacobs, and that’s where my dream casting options come into play. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, director Muschietti says he wants to take Mike in a much darker direction.
“My idea of Mike in the second movie is quite darker from the book. I want to make his character the one pivotal character who brings them all together, but staying in Derry took a toll with him. I want him to be a junkie actually. A librarian junkie. When the second movie starts, he’s a wreck.”
So, not only do we need an actor to look like Jacobs, but be able to act along the star power possible continuing to join this film, and carry the heavy weight of the reimagined Mike. This is where my dream casting list comes into play! In my opinion, all of these incredible actors have the looks, darkness, and acting chops to take on the new version of Mike Hanlan.
John Boyega (Star Wars/Pacific Rim)