James McAvoy and Bill Hader In Talks For “It” Sequel

By Creative Media Times

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It looks like James McAvoy is lining up another sequel to his resume. Variety is reporting today that the X-Men star is in talks to appear in the “It: Chapter 2”, the sequel to last year’s hugely successful supernatural horror film “It” from Warner Bros. Pictures.

Potentially joining McAvoy is Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader. Already cast in the film is Jessica Chastain with Andy Muschietti returning to helm the film.

Though the script is still “being worked on,” McAvoy is supposedly playing an adult version of the original “It” film’s Bill Denbrough, the stuttering leader of the Losers’ Club. In the 2017 film, the character was played by Jaeden Lieberher. Bill Hader on the other hand will supposedly play Bill’s best friend, Richie Tozier.

With the sequel taking place to years later with the characters as adults, the Variety report that the original cast might come back in the form of flashbacks to the year when they were kids.

The success of “It” (Chapter One) last year somewhat guaranteed the sequel. That film broke boxoffice records and grossed $700 million worldwide against a production budget of $35 million, making the film one of the most profitable films of all time.

McAvoy will next be in seen in “Glass,” the third and final entry to M. Night Shyamalan’s Unbreakable/Split film series. The sequel was announced shortly after the surprising financial and critical success of Split, which featured McAvoy as a man with multiple personalities.

“It: Chapter Two” is currently scheduled for a September 6, 2019 release date.