Warner Bros. Pictures released a first-look trailer for “IT: Chapter Two.” The movie is the studio’s highly-anticipated sequel to the 2017 blockbuster “IT” adaptation. Andy Muschietti returned to the franchise to direct the sequel, which reunites the Losers Club for another haunting installment set in the quiet town of Derry, Maine.
In the new story, it’s 27 years later and evil has returned to the sleepy town. The film brings the characters back together as adults, though they have gone their separate way over the last three decades. The movie stars James McAvoy as Bill, Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise. Andy Bean plays Stanley in the movie, and reprising their roles as the original members of the Losers Club are Jaeden Martell as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie.
“IT” was an amazing success for the studio in 2017. After grossing over $700M globally, “IT” became the highest-grossing horror movie of all time, beating out the 1973 blockbuster “The Exorcist” which made $441M worldwide. Not only did “IT” break the highest-grossing horror film record, but the movie also crushed the highest-grossing opening weekend record for a September release. “IT” made $123M domestically on its opening debut, topping “Hotel Transylvania 2” which made $48M in 2015. Since then, “Hotel Transylvania 2” has fallen to third-place, after Warner Bros. Pictures‘ “The Nun” made over $53M on its opening weekend. The studio currently holds both the number-one and number-two spots on September’s opening chart, and both are horror-thrillers.
The behind-the-scenes creative team for “IT Chapter 2” includes director of photography Checco Varese (“The 33”), Oscar-winning production designer Paul Denham Austerberry (“The Shape of Water”), editor Jason Ballantine (“IT,” “Mad Max: Fury Road”), and Oscar-nominated costume designer Luis Sequeira (“The Shape of Water,” “Mama”). The music is by Benjamin Wallfisch (“Shazam!,” “Blade Runner 2049,” “IT”).
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