Monday Movie Report: Studio signing cast for ‘It’ sequel

New Line Cinema is rounding out the cast for the conclusion of the “It” story.

According to Variety, the studio announced recently that Teach Grant and Jess Weixler are attached to the project, titled “It: Chapter Two.” Variety reports that Grant will portray the former bully Henry (played by Nicholas Hamilton in the original) and Weixler will perform as the character Bill’s wife.

Weixler’s credits include work on the television series “The Son” as well as films “Chained for Life,” “Who We Are Now” and “Entanglement.” Grant, meanwhile, has had work in TV series including “The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco,” “Altered Carbon” and “Damnation.”

The movie will serve as a follow-up to the 2017 film. Together, the two pictures serve as an adaptation of the novel written by Stephen King.

Before the recent casting, other actors attached to star include James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Jay Ryan as Ben, Bill Hader as Richie, Isiah Mustafa as Mike, James Ransone as Eddie and Andy Bean as Stanley. Bill Skarsgard is also set to return to Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

Additionally, Director Andy Muschietti is returning to direct the flick. The release date, Variety reports, is on Sept. 6, 2019, with production getting underway this summer.

This sequel is an adaptation of the second half of King’s book, which follows the lead protagonists as adults having to face an evil creature from their hometown. The 2017 movie, meanwhile, followed the characters in their youth.

The first movie was a slam dunk at the box office, earning $700 million across the globe, with a $327 million domestic gross.

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More recently at the box office, it was the “Jurassic World” sequel winning the top spot with a $150 million haul. Despite snagging the No. 1 spot easily, though, it wasn’t the only flick enjoying success this weekend. “Incredibles 2” came in behind with a great second weekend outing, taking in $80.9 million.

The full top five was:

1. Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom – $150,000,000
2. Incredibles 2 – $80,928,000
3. Ocean’s 8 – $11,650,000
4. Tag – $8,200,000
5. Deadpool 2 – $5,250,000

Meanwhile, for this coming week, new releases include the crime thriller “Sicario 2: Soldado” and the comedy “Uncle Drew.”

On the small screen, home video releases include:

  • Acrimony, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 23%
  • The Endless, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%
  • Gemini, Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77%
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Author: Matthew Liedke

My name is Matthew Liedke. I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, but I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I now write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University Moorhead where I studied journalism and film. Outside of film, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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