James Ransone Cast as Eddie Kaspbrak in IT: CHAPTER 2
James Ransone (Sinister 2, Mosaic) has been cast in the role of the adult version of Eddie Kaspbrak in IT: Chapter 2. The young version of the character was hilariously played by Jake Dylan Grazer in the first film, and he will also reprise his role in the sequel in the flashback scenes.
Ransone seems like a decent choice. He wasn't on anyone's fan casting lists, but he was hired for a reason! The actor will join Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, who will play Beverly, Bill, and Richie respectively. Then there's Bill Skarsgard who will return as Pennywise.
The next film will be set 27 years after the Losers Club defeated Pennywise The Clown when they were kids. As they've grown up, they've forgotten about what had happened. When bad things start to happen in Derry again and kids begin to go missing, Mike Hanlon, who stayed behind in Derry to keep watch over the town, calls up his old friends and reminds them of the promise they made to come back and stop it if it ever came back.
It has previously been revealed that Chapter 2 will include more of the interdimensional turtle, which was teased in the first film a few times. It will also have a much darker tone to it, and it has been said that Mike Hanlon's character will be drastically changed, as he will be a junkie. You can read more about that here.
The sequel will also most likely explore Pennywise the Clown a little more. We've heard that the sequel may include elements from Pennywise's history in Derry such as the story behind The Black Spot and there was a deleted scene from the first film that was revealed that included Pennywise eating a Baby. That could be included in the sequel as well if they really do plan on giving us a history of the monster. Then there's actor Bill Skarsgard, who hopes that it will explore the twisted mind of Pennywise.
We know that the full cast of kids will return to reprise their roles in the sequel including Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Sophia Lillis, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Nicholas Hamilton.
IT: Chapter 2 will be released in theaters on September 6, 2019. Production on the film starts this summer in Toronto.