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IT 2: who should play the grown-up members of the Losers' Club?


In case you hadn't noticed, terrifying killer clown story IT is the current box office champ – and we're all excited about the sequel, due in 2019.

Andy Muschietti's ghoulishly entertaining horror adventure adapts the first half of Stephen King's whopping novel, introducing us to the persecuted Losers' Club and their chilling battle with Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).

Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman have split King's story in half with the second instalment set to focus on the adult Losers and their second confrontation with the Derry-dwelling entity.

But who should play the grown-up versions of the characters? We've got a few suggestions...

Bill Denborough

Needs to be played by: Ethan Hawke

Played as a youngster by Midnight Special's Jaeden Lieberher, Bill is the leader of the Losers' Club and the one bearing the most emotional baggage. That's because he's tormented by the loss of his younger brother Georgie at Pennywise's hands – and we need to get a vivid sense of how that's weighed Bill down well into his adult years.

Step forward Ethan who has delivered brilliantly emotional performances in the likes of Training Day, the Before trilogy and Boyhood. If anyone can convey decent, albeit slightly rumpled humanity in the face of encroaching humanity, it's him.

Beverly Marsh

Needs to be played by: Amy Adams

It's not just the resemblance between young actress Sophia Lillis and the Arrival star. It's also Amy's considerable dramatic chops that would work here – she's one of the finest in the business and could really sell the horror as Bev is forced to confront Pennywise once again. Just think of her performances in movies like Doubt and The Fighter – both Oscar-nommed, both brilliant.

Plus Amy also has considerable experience working with visual effects in the likes of Arrival and Batman v Superman. She could really invest us in the sheer terror of the clown's continuing physical transformations, which will no doubt need to be rendered with CGI.

Mike Hanlon

Needs to be played by: Chadwick Boseman

In the later stages of King's book we pick up with the Losers as their childhood fears are replaced with more pointedly adult anxieties. Indeed in the novel, Mike (played as a kid by Chosen Jacobs) is the only one who remains in Derry and he eventually becomes the town librarian.

We need actors who can sell us on the inner melancholy of the grown-ups, and transform into the characters. Chadwick did this magnificently in his multi-generational performance as James Brown in Get On Up and he's also a brilliantly physical actor as seen with his role as Marvel's Black Panther. All the better for that climactic battle with Pennywise. Plus, he's Chosen's very own choice for the role.

Stanley Uris

Needs to be played by: Ryan Reynolds

Hang on, Deadpool in the IT sequel? Bear with us, as there's more to Ryan than the fast-talking Merc with a Mouth. In 2010's Buried he delivered a fabulously sweaty, panic-stricken performance as a man trapped in a coffin, the drama never leaving the confines of his prison.

If Ryan can bring a fraction of that conviction to the role of the nervy Ben as an older man (picking up where Wyatt Oleff left off), then we can expect a special performance.

Eddie Kaspbrak

Needs to be played by: Casey Affleck

As anyone who saw this year's Manchester By the Sea will remember, Casey is a dab hand at portraying people consumed by their demons. And boy does young Eddie (Jack Dylan Grazer) have those – as a child he's been confronted by not only Pennywise but also a hideous leper, manifesting his hypochondriac fears that in turn have been worsened by his lying mother.

We reckon Casey could lend some intriguing added dimensions to Eddie's adult journey.

Richie Tozier

Needs to be played by: Adam Driver

Adam is an actor who can do both serious and dramatic – the former, as seen in the likes of Daniel Radcliffe rom-com What If and cult TV show Girls, the latter as in his Star Wars role as the villainous Kylo Ren.

As a kid Richie is the loudmouthed joker of the group (played by Stranger Things' Finn Wolfhard) but he's forced to grow up as a result of the initial confrontation with Pennywise. We therefore need a star who can embody both the humorous and darker sides of Richie's personality.

Ben Hanscom

Needs to be played by: Jack Black

Like Ryan Reynolds, fan favourite Jack is someone who can do both funny and serious. He's famous for the likes of Tenacious D, School of Rock and the Kung Fu Panda movies. But he also demonstrated serious actorly chops in 2011 black comedy Bernie, playing a beloved mortician accused of murder who wins the support of his townsfolk. We reckon he could convince in the role of Ben.

Ben plays a pivotal role in the ongoing IT saga, having uncovered Pennywise's sinister history of violence in Derry (in the book it was Mike who did so), and it would be great to see Jack being given a more substantial dramatic role.

Who do you think ought to play the Losers in IT 2? Send us your choices @Cineworld – but not before you've checked out the young cast's very own choices for the roles.

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