James McAvoy and Bill Hader being lined up for It: Chapter 2

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Variety reports that James McAvoy (Split, Chronicles of Narnia) and Bill Hader (Trainwreck, SNL) are in discussions to star in the sequel.

With the pic scheduled to begin production this July, we should learn who's been cast as the remaining adult members of the Losers Club over the next couple of weeks.

McAVoy is now in talks for the role of Bill (played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first installment).

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McAvoy, 38, is being tipped to play the adult version of Bill, played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first film.

Jessica Chastain was previously confirmed to be starring as Beverly Marsh, so the cast is already shaping up to be a pretty exciting prospect. Hader, on the other hand, is reportedly in talks to play the wise cracking Richie Tozier, played by Finn Wolfhard in the 2017 adaptation of Stephen King's lengthy horror novel. Finn Wolfhard played the character in the first installment.

Chastain was announced as the adult Beverly in February. In the sequel, those who survived return to Derry, Maine as adults to face their fears again.

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Bill Skarsgard will return as the shapeshifting clown Pennywise.

Variety says director Andy Muschietti will be back to helm the sequel and the child stars may also be back, featuring in flashback sequences.

The original movie grossed $700 million worldwide with nearly half that amount from North America, and it was a pretty daring decision to split the movie into two parts with the first chapter being a period piece and the second chapter meant to take place in present day. "It: Chapter 2" is expected to begin filming later this summer with an eye toward a September 6, 2019 release date.

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The two actors are in negotiations to star in "It: Chapter Two", the follow-up to 2017's hit horror movie "It", according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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