Stephen King's It: Chapter 2 Starts Shooting, First Image Revealed

Jessica Chastain will play the adult Bev.


Last year's Stephen King adaptation It was a huge box office success, with a worldwide take of $700 million, and inevitably the sequel is on the way. Unlike many horror follow-ups, however, It: Chapter 2 was planned before the first movie had even been released and will complete King's story. The film has now started production, and we have a new image.

It: Chapter 2 is set 30 years after the first film, with the movie following adult versions of the kids in the original. Jessica Chastain is among the new cast members, and she will play Beverly Marsh, the sole female member of the Loser's Club. Chastain posted an image on Instagram that shows her transformation into the character--check it out below:

DAY 1 ✔ #BeverlyMarsh #ITmovie?

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It: Chapter 2 also stars James McAvoy as Bill, Bill Hader as Richie, James Ransone as Eddie, Andy Bean as Stan, and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, plus Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying clown Pennywise. It's directed by Andy Muschietti, who helmed the first movie, and hits theaters on September 6, 2019.

In an interview last year, Muschietti explained that while the movie would focus on the adult characters, the young cast will still play a part. In King's novel, the two timelines are told side-by-side, elements of which will remain in the sequel.

"In my opinion, it can't only be about adults," he told The Independent. "Something that I love about the book is the dialogue between the two timelines because, ultimately, it's a story about childhood. It's a love letter to childhood, but it's also a story of the death of childhood. It's symbolic, of course, because when Pennywise describes himself as the eater of worlds, he's not talking about a monster that eats planets; he's talking about eating the world of imagination and magic."

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