After earning over $700 million worldwide, 2017’s IT became one of the highest-grossing Horror movies of all time. Production on IT: CHAPTER 2 began a week ago in and around Toronto just like its Predecessor, including overnight shoots at Mandarin Restaurant in Mississauga, before moving back to its base at Pinewood Studios.
While the Film is expected to remain faithful to Stephen King‘s source material and the original 1990 TV Movie, surely returning Director Andy Muschietti will have a few a scares up his sleeve for us! It: Chapter 2 films through October and we can expect to see the clouded clown return to torment the Loser’s Club, now grown-up 27 years later, bringing them back to the cursed town of Derry.
The original cast of kids, most who have been in Toronto briefly these past couple weeks, will reprise their roles in this upcoming installment and in this Film will be seeing their adult versions:
Beverly … Jessica Chastain
Bill … James McAvoy
Stanley … Andy Bean
Richie … Bill Hader
Ben … Jay Ryan
Eddie …James Ransone
Mike … Isaiah Mustafa
Bill Skarsgård who was terrifying as Pennywise the Clown, also returns.
It – pardon the pun – was an amazing weekend and we caught wind they were in Yorkville for a night of relaxation after an overnight shoot the night prior. They were recreating this iconic scene in which Pennywise gives the Losers’ Club an ominous message after reuniting at a Chinese restaurant:
Chastain, McAvoy, Hader, Mustafa, Ransone, Ryan, Muschietti and his sister Bárbara, a Producer on the Film, plus friends thankfully had a far less mortifying meal at upscale Japanese it-spot Kasa Moto followed by libations at Amber and late-night Karaoke. Will Arnett, Vinay Virmani and more also were spotted out in the vicinity, giving Yorkville back a bit of its past starpowered lustre.
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Chastain, McAvoy, Muschietti, Ryan
Chastain, Bárbara Muschietti (Producer), Ransone
While we’ve met Chastain a dozen-plus times in our travels and Film Festival romps, this was the most memorable meeting yet! She is the kindest, most giving actor in Hollywood today and hasn’t changed since her meteoric rise. Basically, we don’t deserve her! We’re just happy to see her thriving, having fun and that her peers love and respect her as much as we do!
We admit we still are horrified after seeing IT last fall. Every rustle of the leaves to every time Pennywise surfaced and flashed his teeth shook us to the core. Oddly, it was equally emotional too as I’m sure many were affected by the fact that the Losers’ Club were outcasts just like us, with very real problems of their own whether it be Beverly and her abusive father or Bill grieving the painful loss of his little brother.
We are beyond thrilled about seeing the 2019 follow-up, slated for a post-Labour Day release just like the first chapter.
Are you ready to float, Losers?
(Photo credit: Warner Bros./Mr. Will Wong)
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