A side-by-side comparison of the kid and adult Losers’ Club.
Fans finally got their first look at It Chapter Two thanks to the release of the first trailer. In addition to showcasing one of the most terrifying scenes from the original Stephen King novel, this trailer shows us what the members of the Losers’ Club look like 27 years later.
Did director Andy Muschietti pick the right actors to play older versions of these valiant heroes? You be the judge. Here’s a breakdown of every major character in Chapter Two and how their look compares to the younger versions. Check out our slideshow or scroll down to see the whole gang.
James McAvoy is playing the older Bill Denbrough. Bill has grown up to become a successful novelist even as he tries to forget his dark past In other words, he’s your typical Stephen King protagonist. The trailer makes it plain that Bill is still very much haunted by the death of his little brother Billy nearly three decades ago.
Jessica Chastain was high on many fans’ wishlists to play the older Bev Marsh, and the sequel isn’t disappointing in that regard. Returning to Derry is a particularly painful experience for Bev, given the abuse she was subjected to by her father. Unfortunately, Bev’s bruises are a testament to the fact that she hasn’t escaped the cycle of torment even as an adult. Though now a successful fashion designer, she’s trapped in an unhappy, abusive marriage.
Between the hair and the obligatory glasses, Bill Hader is pretty much a dead ringer for Finn Wolfhard’s Richie. Richie has been busy putting his loud mouth to good use as a DJ in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, even moving all the way across the country wasn’t enough to keep Richie away from Derry.
Jay Ryan plays the older Ben Hanscom. He may not be the spitting image of actor Jeremy Ray Taylor, but that’s the point. Ben sheds his childhood weight and grows up to become a thin, successful architect. Like the rest of his friends, though, Ben is still haunted by the trauma of his past.
Isaiah Mustafa plays the older Mike Hanlon, and he bears an almost eerie resemblance to Chosen Jacobs’ young Mike. Mike is the only member of the Losers’ Club to actually remain in Derry, where he’s taken up a job as the town librarian. It’s Mike who calls his friends back to finally confront and destroy the evil of It once and for all.
James Ransone plays the older version of Eddie in the sequel, though we only catch quick glimpses of the character in the trailer. Eddie now runs a successful limousine company, though like Bev, he wound up marrying someone a bit too much like his controlling parent.
Andy Bean (pictured here in Power) is playing the older version of Stan in the sequel, though we don’t actually see the character in the trailer. Fans of the novel can probably guess why. Stan is perhaps the most successful of his childhood friends, becoming a partner in a large Atlanta accounting firm. However, he alone seems to have retained his full memories of confronting It, making the prospect of returning to Derry especially frightening.
The reunited Losers’ Club members have almost as much to fear from the adult Henry Bowers as they do Pennywise. Teach Grant (seen here in Gunless) will play the older version of the group’s childhood bully. Henry has spent most of the past 27 years locked away in a mental institution, and he’s all too eager for revenge once It sets him free.
Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the one character who won’t be showing his age in the sequel. Bill Skarsgård is reprising his role, and the trailer shows that his appearance hasn’t changed over the past 27 years. However, the monstrous entity known as It will be taking other new forms in addition to Pennywise this time, including the deceptively pleasant Mrs. Kersh.
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