When IT Chapter Two releases in theaters next year, it will cover the second half of Stephen King's novel, where the Losers Club, after 27 years away, returns to the town of Derry to once again battle with Pennywise the Dancing Clown. The film is something of a passing of the torch as a talented group of adult actors joins the sequel to finish what their younger counterparts started. But because this is IT, the torch that is being passed is not a torch at all, but a balloon. Check out Beverly Marsh actress Sophia Lillis passing the red balloon to Jessica Chastain in the image below.
It's so cool to see the child and adult Beverlys sitting opposite one another in this image, especially considering that Jessica Chastain was at the top of many people's, including Sophia Lillis', dream casting list for adult Beverly. You can definitely see why people wanted the balloon passed off to her too because Jessica Chastain is perfect for the role. This is IT, so the passing of the balloon in and of itself has to be done in a creepy and unsettling way. The beat-up chairs and cheap table evoke the horrors of Beverly's home life as a kid, while the things that would seemingly bring joy, like a balloon and air canister, are actually harbingers of a far greater evil.
This photo from Jessica Chastain's Twitter account is also kind of symbolic. Beyond just the metaphorical passing of the baton/balloon between the actresses, this image evokes the inescapability of the past in this story. The burdens and pain of childhood, represented by the balloon, carry on into adulthood/ They're inescapable, so that even though Beverly is now a grown-up, that scared and abused little girl is still inside her. The same color dress also enforces this meaning.
Of course, it seems that although the baton is being passed to Jessica Chastain and the adult cast, Sophia Lillis and the rest of the young Losers Club are not out of the race. It's looking quite likely that IT Chapter Two will feature flashbacks to the young Losers Club, so we will get more scenes with the fun cast from the first film while also getting to know the stellar adult newcomers.
IT Chapter Two is now filming and floats into theaters on September 6, 2019. You can currently see Sophia Lillis playing the younger version of another famous redheaded actress, Amy Adams, in the HBO mini-series Sharp Objects, airing Sunday nights. In addition to IT, there are many other Stephen King movies in the works, and you can check them out in our guide. For the latest movie news and how to deal with coulrophobia, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.