CHAPTER TWO: Sounds Like Bill Hader's Headed For Derry

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James McAvoy and Bill Hader may join It: Chapter 2 as start of filming looms

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bill Hader (HBO's Barry) and James McAvoy (Split) are both in talks to star in IT: Chapter Two, taking on the adult roles of "Trashmouth" Richie Tozier and "Stuttering" Bill Denbrough, respectively.

The two actors are now already in negotiations for the second installment of the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's classic horror novel It. McAvoy is in talks for the role of Bill, played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first movie; Hader would play the role of the adult Richie, played by Finn Wolfhard.

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 instalment. The lone female member of the club, Beverly ends up in an abusive marriage as an adult. Finn Wolfhard played the character in the first installment. Executive producers are Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, while Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin, and Roy Lee will be producing.

In the second half of the story, the Losers Club members return to the town of Derry, Maine, about 27 years after the events of the first film to once again confront the evil, shapeless presence they defeated as children. Bill Skarsgard will return as Pennywise.

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He will be on the production team, however, with Sunday Night Productions colleague Allyson Seeger . In it, a woman on a small, futuristic Mars colony discovers one day she can breathe on the planet.

"On the second movie, that dialogue between timelines will be more present", Muschietti says to Entertainment Weekly in September 2017.

Variety says that while Muschietti wants all the younger actors back, sources have revealed that negotiations are still now ongoing. The production is set to start filming in Toronto starting in July.

It earned $700.4 million in its run at the box office, becoming the highest-grossing horror movie and third-highest grossing R-rated film of all time.

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