Spoiler Alert! If you don’t want to know who survives It: Chapter One, don’t look down. Also, we spoil events that occur in the adult section of the original novel. So, if they stick closely to the book for the sequel, you might spoil It: Chapter Two for yourself as well. You have been warned.
It, the 2017 horror remake of a 1990 made-for-TV miniseries (itself an adaptation of a 1986 Stephen King bestseller), is better than it had any right to be. It has the hallmarks of an 80s kids’ adventure, with the ever-present atmosphere of a haunted house movie, except you can’t escape because the entire town is the haunted house. It makes a welcome change to the rest of the horror remake genre, post-2000. A genre that has earned a reputation for being a garden of weeds, awful to look at and unpleasant to have around. Whether It will change this trend remains to be seen. Personally, I think It being so good, will only encourage them to rush out more low-effort nostalgia cash-ins – in fact, I can already hear the scratching of pens on contracts scrabbling to secure the rights to reboot Elm Street or Scream – but at least for one shining moment, It allowed us to leave the cinema feeling like one of our treasured childhood memories was handled with care and treated with respect.
However, now that we’ve all gone to watch the film, we’ve seen the end credit sequence inform us that this was merely Chapter One, which poses some questions. You see, the original Stephen King novel was split into two parts, the first following the characters as children, the second taking place 27 years later when they’re all knocking on their 40s. Obviously, as talented as the adolescent cast is, asking them to play three decades over their age might be a little much, so who do we get to play their adult counterparts? Well, we at VultureHound have some ideas. This is who we reckon should play the adult versions of the Losers Club kids in It: Chapter Two.
Bill – Tobey Maguire
Jaeden Lieberher’s Bill is a stutterer, shy and a bit of a geek, but he’s also heroic, brave and driven with a righteous sense of purpose. Where have we heard that before? In Spiderman, Maguire became the embodiment for downtrodden beta males trying to break out of the box society had built for them, making him the natural choice for this role.
Beverly – Amy Adams
Sophia Lillis, who plays Beverly, is the breakout star of the teen ensemble cast. Her performance as the sole girl of the group is at the heart of the movie; a devastating portrayal of the vulnerability of innocence. To do her performance justice, she must be played by a dramatic heavyweight, so thank God Hollywood is chock full of Oscar-nominated redheads – like Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and, my pick, Amy Adams – who could play her.
Stanley – James Franco
Ok, I’ll be honest. Wyatt Oleff‘s Stanley was the toughest one to cast, and I settled on Franco just because I can’t say no to a Spiderman reunion. Still, Franco has an easy-going natural charisma that Stanley’s fear and trauma can hide behind, until he’s faced with the old woman in the painting again, and that façade can break in spectacular fashion. Or, (spoilers!) if they really want to stick close to the novel, it would be a hell of a surprise to see one of the biggest stars in the cast die so early in the movie.
Ben – Channing Tatum
In the original novel, adult Ben gets rid of his excess weight. How about we go one further and say he gets ripped? Spurred on by losing out on Beverly to Bill, he realises no matter how close his poetry can get to Keats, he has to get buff to get the women. Suddenly Bill finds himself being the less physically attractive one and the love triangle can begin proper. But please know this Jeremy Ray Taylor who plays Ben in 2017, you are beautiful just as you are, never change (unless you want to).
Mike – Idris Elba
The events that occurred in Derry in the 80s have hardened Mike into steel – just look at Chosen Jacobs’ eyes as he slaughters that lamb – and Idris Elba has always looked like the fires of East London forged him into a weapon. That’s why his portrayal of Stringer Bell in The Wire was so convincing. Mike, despite thinking of himself as an outsider in part one, is the only one who remains in Derry all those years later, turning him into something of a leader for the Losers Club. Idris would be perfect because he can lend an air of authority that Mike didn’t have the opportunity to explore in the first film.
Richie – Jason Lee
A slightly meta choice. You see, Stephen King is known for reusing certain characters and certain plot tropes (hell, he’s written so many books, eventually he would have to repeat himself). In Dreamcatcher, he reused the structure from It where a group of childhood friends reunite to destroy a supernatural threat, and in the film of that novel, Jason Lee played the grown-up character of Beaver, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Finn Wolfhard’s take on Richie. Want something even more meta? How about casting Seth Green who played 12-year-old Ritchie in the 1990 tv miniseries?
Eddie – Macon Blair
Macon Blair, the star of Jeremy Saulnier’s Blue Ruin and Green Room is the perfect choice to play the fragile and frustrated Eddie, who Jack Dylan Grazer gave such vulnerability and feistiness to in Chapter One. Blair has that quiet intensity just simmering below the surface that threatens to boil over at any moment, complimenting him perfectly with his pre-pubescent counterpart.
It is out in cinemas now.