“IT: Chapter Two” has found its grown-up Eddie Kaspbrak.
James Ransone will play the adult version of the role played by Jack Dylan Grazer in the first film. Eddie was one of the members of the “Losers Club” in both the novel and the films. As a child, he and his friends fought off the dreadful Pennywise the Clown. Grazer became an instant favorite for his perfect delivery of some of the film’s best dialogue. Eddie was raised by a single mother who was always paranoid that he was desperately ill.
Ransone recently completed the first season of “The First” for Hulu. In that series, he stars opposite Sean Penn and Natascha McElhone. The series will debut later this year. Ransone also starred in “Sinister” and “Sinister 2,” and recently in the film, “Gemini.”
While the accompanying photo (above) may not make it obvious, Ransone bears a remarkable resemblance to young Grazer. The photo on his IMDb page makes this more obvious.
Ransone joins a cast that is still being finalized. So far, his co-stars for “IT: Chapter 2” are Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, and James McAvoy as Bill. New Line has not yet confirmed casting choices for the adult versions of Mike, Stanley, or Ben. Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise. The young actors from the first film are expected to appear in some way, although that has not been confirmed. Also unconfirmed is whether nemesis Henry Bower will appear as an adult in the sequel.
Director Andy Muschietti, who was widely praised for his work on the first film, returns to direct the sequel. Also returning is Gary Dauberman as the screenwriter. He was one of several credited writers on the first, including Cary Fukunaga who was originally slated to direct. This time around, Dauberman has the writer duties all to himself.
Production begins this summer in Toronto. The film is set for release in September 2019.