You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

James McAvoy, Bill Hader in Talks for ‘It: Chapter 2’

With Jessica Chastain officially on board “It: Chapter 2,” New Line has now begun to zero in on who will play the rest of the Losers Club with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks to join the next installment.

Sources tell Variety that McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, who was played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first pic, while Hader is in talks for the role of Richie, which was played by Finn Wolfhard in the last film. As previously announced, Chastain will play Beverly.

Director Andy Muschietti is back to direct, with Gary Dauberman penning the script.

Sources stress that negotiations are early and that the script is still being worked on, but both sides have officially begun discussing her coming on to the project. Bill Skarsgard is also expected to return as Pennywise. The sequel will bow on Sept. 6, 2019, with production expected to start this summer.

Muschietti told Variety last fall that he hoped to bring all of the original actors back for flashback sequences in the sequel but sources say that is still being worked out.

“Chapter One” of “It” followed the first half of Stephen King’s eponymous novel, telling the story of a group of children who are terrorized by Pennywise the Clown and forced to face their own demons to defeat him. “Chapter Two” will follow the last half of the novel, when the characters return to their hometown years later as adults to face Pennywise once again.

The film was a massive hit, grossing $700 million worldwide including $327 domestically.

McAvoy is no stranger to franchises, having played Charles Xavier in the recent “X-Men” franchise. He can be seen next in “Glass,” the sequel to the smash hit “Split,” reprising his acclaimed role of Kevin Crumb. He is repped by UTA and United Agents.

Hader can currently be seen on the HBO series “Barry, ” which was recently renewed for a second season. The film gives Hader, who is best known for his comedic roles on “Saturday Night Live” and in “Trainwreck,” the chance to show his dramatic range, while also delivering his comedic flare that the character Richie is known for.

He is also repped by UTA.

More Film

  • Fahrenheit 119 Trailer

    'Fahrenheit 11/9': Why Michael Moore's Trump Doc Bombed

    With Jessica Chastain officially on board “It: Chapter 2,” New Line has now begun to zero in on who will play the rest of the Losers Club with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks to join the next installment. Sources tell Variety that McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, who was played by […]

  • 'Screwball' Review: The Wild Story of

    Film Review: 'Screwball'

    With Jessica Chastain officially on board “It: Chapter 2,” New Line has now begun to zero in on who will play the rest of the Losers Club with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks to join the next installment. Sources tell Variety that McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, who was played by […]

  • Gary Kurtz dead

    'Star Wars' Producer Gary Kurtz Dies at 78

    With Jessica Chastain officially on board “It: Chapter 2,” New Line has now begun to zero in on who will play the rest of the Losers Club with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks to join the next installment. Sources tell Variety that McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, who was played by […]

  • Matt Donnelly Joins Variety as Senior

    Entertainment Journalist Matt Donnelly Joins Variety

    With Jessica Chastain officially on board “It: Chapter 2,” New Line has now begun to zero in on who will play the rest of the Losers Club with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks to join the next installment. Sources tell Variety that McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, who was played by […]

  • Pawel Pawlikowski "Cold War"

    Oscars: Poland Selects Pawel Pawlikowski's 'Cold War' as Academy Award Entry

    With Jessica Chastain officially on board “It: Chapter 2,” New Line has now begun to zero in on who will play the rest of the Losers Club with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks to join the next installment. Sources tell Variety that McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, who was played by […]

  • Cuba Gooding Jr. Diversity

    Cuba Gooding Jr., Wudi Pictures Team for Upcoming Thriller (EXCLUSIVE)

    With Jessica Chastain officially on board “It: Chapter 2,” New Line has now begun to zero in on who will play the rest of the Losers Club with James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks to join the next installment. Sources tell Variety that McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, who was played by […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content