Rather than try to pack the tome that is Stephen King’s IT into a single 120-150 minute-long movie, Warner Bros made the wise decision to split its adaptation of the 1986 novel into two movies. Last year’s IT chronicled The Losers’ Club first encounters with the eponymous entity when they were children, and next year, we’ll see the protagonists return to Derry, Main as adults to confront Pennywise one last time in IT: Chapter 2. Over the last few months the sequel’s cast has started coming together, and today Sinister actor James Ransone revealed that he’s been brought on to play the adult version of Eddie Kaspbrak.
Played by Shazam!‘s Jack Dylan Grazer in IT, Eddie Kaspbrak was the hypochondriac of The Losers Club, although he later learned that rather than being truly sickly, his mother was the source of his “condition,” as she believed that the only way she could properly protect him was to convince him he was ill. In the IT novel, the grown-up Eddie ran a successful limousine business and married a woman named Myra (who was very similar to his mother), though it remains to be seen how much of Eddie’s adult life from the source material will be kept intact for IT: Chapter 2. Regardless, looking at Grazer and James Ransone side-by-side below, the latter is an excellent choice to play the adult version of the former, so it was good to hear directly from the actor (via Comicbook.com) that he’ll be taking part in the sequel.
James Ransone’s arguably best known for his role as Deputy So-and-So in the Sinister movies, while his other notable credits include The Wire, Generation Kill, Treme and Low Winter Son. The man has a deep background in the horror realm, so joining IT: Chapter 2 will be a good fit for him. Along with Ransone, so far only Bill Skarsgard and Jessica Chastain are confirmed to appear in IT: Chapter 2 as Pennywise and Beverly Marsh, respectively, although it was reported last month that Bill Hader and James McAvoy were in talks to join as Richie Tozier and Bill Denbrough, respectively. Assuming Hader and McAvoy are now part of the lineup, that leaves the adult versions of Ben Hanscom, Mike Hanlon and Stan Uris left to be cast. The adolescent actors from IT are also expected to briefly return for the sequel via flashbacks. Andy Muschietti is once again directing, and Gary Dauberman is working on the script with Jeffrey Jorgensen.