Negotiations are apparently in their early stages between Chastain and New Line, reports Variety. If cast, Chastain will be playing an older version of Beverly Marsh, who was played by Sophia Lillis in the first film.
Director Andy Muschietti is back to direct the sequel and, assuming Chastain is cast, will be reuniting with the two-time Oscar-nominated actress after working with her on his feature debut, 2013’s Mama.
It co-writer Gary Dauberman (Annabelle: Creation) is writing the sequel, which will find the members of ‘The Losers’ Club’ returning to their hometown as adults to face Pennywise again. The young cast from the first film are expected to return in flashback scenes and Bill Skarsgård is expected to reprise his role as the malevolent creature.
Seeing as It has become the highest-grossing horror film of all time, earning over $US700 million worldwide from a production budget of around $US35 million, it’s understandable that the studio is looking at this sequel as a priority. The film has received a U.S. release date of September 6, 2019.
Chastain has a number of projects on the horizon, including a role in X-Men: Dark Phoenix, a biopic on country artists George Jones and Tammy Wynette titled George and Tammy, and a comedy with Octavia Spencer.