The Teen Actors in IT: CHAPTER 2 Had To Be Digitally De-Aged
In the last couple of years, we have seen a ton of really cool digital de-aging technology in the big budget movies like Kurt Russell in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Michael Douglas and Michelle Pfeiffer in Ant-Man and the Wasp, and in the upcoming Martin Scorsese film, The Irishman, it is rumored that we will see many of the all-star cast de-aged, as the film will span many decades. Now the technology is venturing into a new genre for the upcoming sequel, It: Chapter Two.
In the second film, we are going to see the friends from Derry reunite to once again fight the evil Pennywise when he resurfaces in the lives of the residents. But as the friends come back together, we will also see flashbacks where we may get more insight into the story and the characters’ lives.
But the hard part about flashing back to the young versions of the characters is that even in just two years, the teens from It have grown significantly! That makes sense for their age, but it makes it tricky to film scenes that are supposed to have taken place at the same time of the first film.
So this movie will take a little of that movie magic, and de-age the kids a bit. Two years to be exact. Here’s what director Andy Muschietti had to say about the decision:
“Well, it’s better to shoot it two years later than five years later. But in those two years, they grew up quite a bit. Not all of them. Sophia looks exactly the same. Jaeden looks pretty much the same. Finn grew up quite a bit, and he’s a tall guy. But from the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget, the visual effects to address that.”
It’s pretty amazing the things they can do now with that technology. It adds just a bit more flexibility and continuity to the stories that can utilize it. I’m excited to see how it turns out. Check out the tech and tell us what you think when It: Chapter Two hits theaters on September 5th.