It sequel: Jessica Chastain in talks to play Sophia Lillis' role; Andy Muschietti to direct film again
Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to feature in the It sequel as the adult Beverly. The sequel is slated to release on 6 September next year
Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to feature in the It sequel as the adult Beverly. Sources tell Variety, the 40-year-old actor is being considered for the role, which was played by Sophia Lillis in the 2017 horror hit.
The insiders say the film, which will be penned by Gary Dauberman, is currently in the scripting stage. Andy Muschietti back in the director's chair. Both the helmer and writer have officially begun discussing Chastain joining the project. Bill Skarsgard is also expected to reprise his role as Pennywise.
The sequel is slated to release on 6 September next year. Production is expected to start this summer.
Chastain, who has already collaborated with Muschietti in his debut Mama, has been linked to the sequel for some time following its bumper opening weekend. The actor had also shown interest in starring in the sequel last year in November.
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