The horror film It released last year was one of the best horror films in recent memory along with one of the best films of 2017. Bill Skarsgard’s performance as the horrific Pennywise stood on its own amidst Tim Curry’s performance in the miniseries of the Stephen King adaptation way back in 1990. Unlike the miniseries which interwove the present and the past to tell the story similar to King’s novel, the film solely focused on the past following the children’s first encounter with Pennywise. The sequel, It: Chapter Two will see these kids all grown up featuring a cast of A-list actors including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader along with the kids from the first film.
Skarsgard’s take on the character is note-worthy of praise and now that a bunch of other A-listers have boarded the ship, things are a little different for the actor. Speaking to Christina Radish from Collider, he revealed his experience working in the film’s sequel, especially with the adult cast, saying:
“I get to hang out with the entire adult cast now. It’s weird and it’s surreal because some of them are really big stars and they’re coming in to your thing. They’re stepping into the thing that me and Andy and the kids did. They’re joining the band, in a way. They’re excited, and I just had a lot of fun hanging out with all of them. It’s going to be a very different shooting experience with all adults, for sure, but it will be fun. They’re all really cool and talented people, so I think they will bring a lot to the table.”
Things will no doubt be much different but I can’t help imagining how funny it’ll be to see Skarsgard in his Pennywise attire chatting it up with Chastain and Hader over coffee. It’s unsure how It: Chapter Two would turn out but director Andy Muschietti who directed the first film is behind it, so I’m on board the hype train.
As I mentioned before, It was one of the best films of 2017 (at least for me) and if the sequel doesn’t deliver… that would just suck. With a cast like this and Muschietti back to direct, safe to say that this would be another great entry to the recent horror resurgence alongside the likes of films such as Hereditary and A Quiet Place.