As most of you know, Stephen King’s IT hit Blu-ray recently, and to celebrate we wanted to take a look into the future and do a bit of “Dream Casting” for the upcoming sequel, IT: Chapter 2. Good idea, huh? Sounds like fun to me!
What you’ll find below is not only our top 3 picks for each of the Losers all grown up but also a few surprise entries. On top of that, we have integrated a polling system so you can vote on which actor/actress YOU think should play so-and-so in the upcoming sequel.
Now let’s get to it!
The Losers’ Club
Bill: Patrick Wilson
Let’s start with the leader of the pack, good ol’ stuttering Bill. I think it’s safe to say that everyone’s top pick for Bill would be Patrick Wilson. Right? I mean the man is no stranger to the horror genre with such classics as Insidious and The Conjuring under his belt. But not only that Wilson has got to be the most consistently quality actor out there right now. The perfect mixture of leading man and every man, Patrick Wilson would make the perfect adult Bill.
Runners-Up: John Krasinski, Ethan Hawke
Beverly: Jessica Chastain
Of course, we’re going to go with the stunningly gorgeous Jessica Chastain as adult Beverly Marsh. Not only is Chastain one of the best actors of her generation, but her natural red hair and the fact that she starred in Andres Muschietti’s Mama make her all but a sure thing for IT: Chapter 2. At least we hope so!
Runners-Up: Amy Adams, Bryce Dallas Howard
Ben: Joel Edgerton
I know everyone and their mothers think that Chris Pratt is the top choice for adult Ben, but most of that seems to be due to the fun irony that Pratt, like Ben from Stephen King’s novel, lost a ton of weight over the years.
But other than that, personally, I find Pratt to be too confident for Ben. Not that adult Ben isn’t a confident dude, it’s just that there needs to be a love triangle set up properly among Beverly, Ben, and Bill in the sequel, and – sorry Nite Owl II – but put to the choice of Ed Warren or Star Lord’s abs, I think it would be ridiculous if Beverly didn’t jump all over skinny Ben.
Thus, I pick Joel Edgerton, who is one of the most sympathetic leading men we’ve seen in quite some time. Plus, Edgerton vs. Wilson is much more of a toss-up for love interest. At least I guess it would be…
Runners-Up: Chris Pratt (why not), Jesse Plemons
Richie: Seth Green
Originally I was going to put Seth Green as one of the runners-up. His inclusion in the cast of the original 1990 miniseries (also as Richie) was just too good of a joke to pass up. But then I started thinking, “Hey, what’s the joke in Green playing adult Richie?” Seth Green is a talented actor and I would love to see him stretch his drama muscles. Everyone on Earth also seems to love Seth Green so let’s just do the universe a solid and cast the little guy as adult Richie. P.S. Seth Green would have made a killer Pennywise.
Runners-Up: Bill Hader, Ryan Reynolds
Mike: Jordan Peele
Gasp! Another surprise entry on the list. And yet again an actor that I jokingly put as a runner-up before thinking it through a bit more. After all, Peele not only is little less than a god in current modern horror after writing and directing the masterpiece Get Out, but as we all know, the man has many faces, all brilliantly on display through multiple seasons of Comedy Central’s “Key & Peele” sketch comedy series. Like Green above, Peele is a comedic actor I would relish witnessing take a dramatic turn. And why not? Seriously, I’m asking. Why not Jordan Peele, Hollywood? Get on it.
Runners-Up: Idris Elba, Daniel Kaluuya
Eddie: Elijah Wood
This might just be the horror fan in me talking, but I think Elijah Wood is hands-down the right choice for adult Eddie. Not only is he one of the men behind the scenes of genre-favorite production company Spectivision, but all of us know the man loves himself some horror movies. Street cred for days with this little guy. Add in the fact that Wood is beyond a solid actor (Lord of the F*cking Rings, people!) and the fact that he actually looks like young Eddie from the 2017 flick, and I can think of no one better to play poor little Eddie in IT: Chapter 2.
Runners-Up: Colin Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Stan: Paul Dano
I’m not going to go into spoilers for the one person out there that doesn’t already know the future of Stan the man, but for the sake of that one dude, let me just say that casting the part of Stan as an adult is going to be a balancing act. You’ll need an actor that has weight and can sell the hell out of some short screentime (Was that too close to a spoiler? Sorry.) and I think There Will Be Blood actor Paul Dano fits the part like an awkward glove.
Runners-Up: Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons (No, I don’t watch “Big Bang Theory.” True Story.)
Henry Bowers: Norman Reedus
Is it a spoiler to let people know that Henry Bowers MIGHT return for IT: Chapter 2? After all, I guess I can say that, yes, Henry Bowers returns in the second half of the novel (and the 1990 mini-series) but it’s fair to say his inclusion as an adult in IT: Chapter 2 could be up in the air. I mean, if they left him out, it would be next to tragic, but maybe they have a really good reason. That’s just me being hopeful.
But if Henry Bowers is included in the sequel, then I can think of no one better to play his crazy-ass than crazy-ass Norman Reedus. It’s been awhile since the man has played an out-and-out villain so I’d love to see his sport a mullet and try to take down The Losers. Don’t forget the crossbow, Bowers!
Runners-Up: Giovanni Ribisi, Alexander Skarsgård (Get it?? Haha.)
Audra: Karen Gillan
Audra is a character some of you out there might not be familiar with. In Stephen King’s novel, she is the wife of adult Bill and is described as looking quite a lot like Beverly. So why not go with some of my top choices for adult Beverly who were just a bit too young for the part. Such as Karen Gillan (Oculus).
This one was a super difficult toss-up as I am just as big of a fan of Jane Levy and Emma Stone playing the role, but I’m going to go with Gillan just because she seems a little bit older than the others. It’s cool in my eyes if Bill has a younger wife (happens all the time), but let’s make her a bit older than someone who might come across as a former student of his or something.
After all, we don’t need our number one Loser coming across as a creeper now, do we? No. We don’t. We have Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise for that shite.
Runners-Up: Jane Levy, Emma Stone
So there you have it. Those are our choice for “Dream Casting” director Andres Muschietti’s IT: Chapter 2. What do you think of our picks? Let us know below!
Seven young outcasts in Derry, Maine, are about to face their worst nightmare — an ancient, shape-shifting evil that emerges from the sewer every 27 years to prey on the town’s children. Banding together over the course of one horrifying summer, the friends must overcome their own personal fears to battle the murderous, bloodthirsty clown known as Pennywise.