Every 27 years, an ancient shapeshifting evil creature plagues the small town of Derry, Maine. The being often assumes the shape of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, and it just loves devouring children. And he’s coming back for another round in It: Chapter 2.
Based on Stephen King’s iconic novel of the same name, It details two separate encounters decades apart that a specific group of people have with the creature. Known as the “Losers’ Club,” this gang of misfits first encounter It when they’re children. Then they reconnect again years later to face the creature one more time.
It has been adapted in TV and film form several times over since the original book was published in 1986, but virtually no version saw more success than the 2017 film version directed by Andy Muschietti. By the end of its run, It grossed a record-breaking $700.4 million worldwide. And that was only the beginning
What can we expect from a sequel? When will it be released? We answer these questions and add in some speculation below.
What’s the Plot of It: Chapter Two?
The basic plot of It: Chapter Two shouldn’t surprise anyone. Much like part one, the sequel will follow the source material pretty closely. Stephen King’s 1986 horror novel of the same name is split into two parts: one set in the ‘50s and one set in the ‘80s. The first movie covered the time period when the Losers’ Gang is still young.
The second reunites most of the same people for another confrontation with the monster 27 years later. That means for It: Chapter Two, we’re dealing with a totally new cast.
What Is the Formal Title of the It Sequel?
Was the first movie IT or It? We may never know for sure because the style of the film’s title seems remarkably inconsistent.
It does seem, however, like the 2017 remake film was formally titled “It.” The direct sequel’s official title is actually It: Chapter Two. The first movie was “Chapter One” all along! Rest assured, however, that we’re all bound to see “IT” instead of “It” in plenty of places.
What Is the It: Chapter Two Release Date?
The sequel got an official release date back in September 2017 when Warner Bros. Pictures announced that It: Chapter Two would be released on Labor Day Weekend, specifically September 6, 2019.
That’s almost exactly two years after the first film’s release. Despite Labor Day weekend being a notoriously bad time to release a movie in terms of ticket sales, historically speaking, the first film saw a lot of success. It earned $123.1 million in ticket sales its opening weekend, breaking records for a September release and for a horror movie release. Warner Bros. is no doubt hoping to achieve similar success with the sequel.
Who’s in the It: Chapter Two Cast?
In the sequel, Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, but the rest of the core cast has been replaced by actors who will portray adult versions of the same characters in a new conflict against It:
- Jessica Chastain replaces Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh
- James McAvoy replaces Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough
- Bill Hader replaces Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier
- Jay Ryan replaces Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom
- James Ransone replaces Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak
- Andy Bean replaces Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris
- Isaiah Mustafa replaces Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon
Will It: Chapter Two Be as Good as It?
Back in September, we talked with actor James Ransone, who’s playing the adult version of Eddie Kaspbrak in the sequel. He couldn’t say much at the time, but he does feel like the sequel will match the first in every way.
“All the things that you liked about the first, you’ll like about the second,” Ransone told Inverse. “I saw a shot last night and I thought, ‘That’s one of the coolest shots in a movie that I’ve seen in the last 10 years.’”
There’s no way for us to know what that means, but it has us hopeful and excited for Chapter Two.
It: Chapter Two will be released September 6, 2019.