IT: Chapter Two is entering cinemas in just days time and it’s fair to say that the sequel looks terrifyingly scary.
But when can you watch it on the big screen? And who is in the star cast? Here’s all you need to know.
When is It: Chapter Two in UK cinemas?
IT: Chapter Two will hit UK cinemas on September 6, 2019.
The film has been given an age rating of 15.
The running time is known to be 2hr49min.
What happens in the trailer of It: Chapter Two and what is the plot?
The first look at the highly anticipated sequel to 2017’s It is out NOW, and is set to scare audiences all over again.
The trailer introduces us to the other half of Stephen King’s famous 1986 novel, in which the adult members of the Losers Club begin to confront their pasts and terrifying childhoods, whilst battling the murderous shape-shifting clown, Pennywise.
A now adult Beverly who visits her former home in Derry, where she meets a nice elderly lady – or so she thinks.
We know Pennywise is in the house the moment the door opens and he quickly transpires to have shape-shifted into becoming the old lady.
The grown up members of The Loser Club have long fled from the small town where they once joined together to defeat the shapeshifting malevolent clown called It – as we saw in the first film.
They then get the call they’ve been dreading for 27 years: It … is back.
The group made a pact at the end of the first film to return to Derry if the evil should ever resurface.
And now they have to finally defeat evil Pennywise for good.
You can watch the trailer for yourself at the top of this article.
What are the reviews for It: Chapter Two?
The Hollywood Reporter‘s John DeFore said: “Though Muschietti occasionally finds lovely filmic ways to transition from one to the next, the stories don’t get to resonate with each other in a meaningful or emotional way — as they might in a series of well crafted hour-long episodes.
“A moviegoer who just sat for 169 minutes is loathe to say it, but there needs to be more of this It — just not in this form.”
Variety‘s Peter Debruge wasn’t far off either, saying that the movie had an unnecessary running time of almost three hours, and given its narrative, the decision in doing so didn’t seem to make sense for some.
“It: Chapter Two is much longer than it needs to be, but it builds to something significant — and a lot of that filler feels justifiable in terms of how audiences’ consumption patterns are changing.”
Jim Vejvoda from IGN echoed with a similar review, feeling as if the film struggled to “nail the conclusion of this engrossing saga” despite a couple of scary show-stoppers here and there.
Entertainment Weekly‘s Leah Greenblatt continued to stress over the film’s run time being one its major setbacks, explaining: “The main problem with Chapter Two is that it goes on, and on, for so very long.
“If brevity is not necessarily the soul of a good scare, it would certainly serve a story that sends in the clowns, and then lets them just stay there — leering and lurking and chewing through scene after scene — until the there’s nothing left to do but laugh, or leave.”
Who is in the cast of It: Chapter Two?
The film has an impressive star cast, this includes:
- Pennywise as Bill Skarsgård – An ancient, trans-dimensional evil that awakens every twenty-seven years to feed on the fear of children that it murders. It was overpowered and seriously wounded by the Losers Club in 1989, forcing it into early hibernation. This defeat motivates the being to rebuild its strength and exact revenge against the Losers Club once they return to Derry.
- Jessica Chastain as Beverley – The only female member of the Losers Club, was abused physically and sexually by her father and was bullied at school over false rumours of promiscuity. As an adult, she has become a successful fashion designer in Chicago while enduring several abusive relationships that include her marriage to Tom Rogan.
- James McAvoy plays Bill – James plays the stuttering yet resourcefully determined former leader of the Losers’ Club who, out of revenge against It for killing his brother, lead them in their fight against Pennywise in 1989 and had them promise to return to Derry should It resurface. As an adult, Bill becomes a successful writer of mystery and horror while also married to film star Audra Phillips.
- Mike as Isaiah Mustafa – A member of the Losers’ Club who fought against It, Mike is the only one to stay behind in Derry and becomes the town librarian while summoning the other Losers back to Derry when It resurfaces. Mike also has a serious substance abuse problem stemming from being traumatised by the events in his childhood.
- Richie as Bill Hader – Bill’s bespectacled best friend and fellow member of the Losers Club, whose loud mouth and foul language often get him into trouble. Richie becomes a successful DJ in Los Angeles.
- Ben as Jay Ryan – A member of the Losers Club who fought against It and was bullied as a child because of being overweight. As an adult, he is thin and is a successful architect living in Nebraska.
- Eddie as James Ransone – A member of the Losers Club who is the epitome of a hypochondriac, overly exaggerated by the immense number of objects in his medicine cabinet. Eddie runs a successful limousine business in New York City and is married to Myra, who is very similar to his overbearing mother.
Will any of the original It cast members return for the sequel?
Director Andy Muschietti has said that It: Chapter Two is a continuation of the same story, rather than a sequel.
This means fans can expect flashbacks to 1989 with the original child actors of the first film (2017).
They include Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie and Wyatt Oleff as Stan.
Of course one actor who we know returns is Bill Skarsgård as the terrifying Pennywise.
More on film
Are It and Pennywise the same thing?
It is a shape-shifting creature that has been around for millions of years.
During the course of the story, It primarily appears in the form of Pennywise the Dancing Clown.
Stephen King stated in a 2013 interview that he came up with the idea for Pennywise after asking himself what scared children “more than anything else in the world”. He felt that the answer was clowns.