IT CHAPTER TWO: A ‘Then And Now’ Guide

Ahead of the release of the Stephen King horror sequel, IT CHAPTER TWO, we reacquaint ourselves with the younger characters from Chapter I and meet their grown-up counterparts who will lead the fight against Pennywise in the upcoming blood-drenched second instalment at ODEON September 6.



Losers Club – Before and After


Bill

Played by: Jaeden Martell (THEN)

After Pennywise kidnaps and kills his brother, Georgie, Bill mobilises the Losers Club into action to defeat the evil for good. When they rescue Beverly from the sewer, he kind of gets the girl, but the trauma of the battle sends them their separate ways.

Played by James McAvoy (NOW)

Bill has become a successful mystery novelist and married a film star, Audra (Jess Weixler), but the actor has said his character is dealing with “survivor’s trauma”.


Beverly

Played by: Sophia Lillis (THEN)

Abused by her father at home, and bullied at school, Beverly finds love and respect in the Losers Club – particularly from Bill. But her newfound sense of belonging proves short-lived when she is kidnapped by ‘It’ to lure the other Losers to his underground lair.  

Played by: Jessica Chastain (NOW)

A successful fashion designer, Beverly’s childhood lives on in her abusive relationship with husband, Tom (Will Beinbrink). Her traumatic return to Derry involves what Chastain has called “the most blood in movie history”.


Richie

Played by: Finn Wolfhard (THEN)

Nicknamed ”Trashmouth”, and always in trouble for his bad language, Richie is the loveable bad boy of the gang. Casting Stranger Things’ Wolfhard cemented the 1980s setting of the remake (in the Stephen King book, this part was actually set in the 1950s).

Played by: Bill Hader (NOW)

Played by Saturday Night Live alumnus Bill Hader, the once goofy Richie is now a DJ in Los Angeles, where we imagine he can swear all he likes…


Ben

Played by: Jeremy Ray Taylor (THEN)

Bullied at school for his weight, Ben is smart and sensitive, but doesn’t always get credit for his intelligence. He has a huge crush on Beverly, but can’t turn her head from Bill.

Played by: Jay Ryan (NOW)

In Taylor’s words, Ben gets “all fit and stuff” and emerges in the form of Neighbours heartthrob Ryan. He is now a successful architect with a glamorous life in Nebraska. 


Eddie

Played by: Jack Dylan Grazer (THEN)

The sickly, hypochondriac kid, Grazer’s nervous Eddie is the opposite of his character in superhero comedy Shazam!. That is, until he finally stands up to his overprotective mother and heads off with his buddies to save the day.

Played by: James Ransone (NOW)

The Wire’s Chester “Ziggy” Sobotka paints a braver picture of Eddie as an adult, with his own successful limousine business. Yet his wife, Myra, is uncomfortably reminiscent of his overbearing mother…  


Mike

Played by: Chosen Jacobs (THEN)

After the Losers Club believe they’ve finally defeated Pennywise in the sewers, Mike is determined to stay and safeguard the town of Derry, just in case the evil ever re-emerges…

Played by: Isaiah Mustafa (NOW)

The only adult to fully remember the events of that summer, Mike is a “librarian junkie”, according to director Andy Muschietti. Staying in Derry has taken its toll, but it’s he who reunites the club when he senses Pennywise’s return. 


Stan

Played by: Wyatt Oleff (THEN)

At first, Stan doesn’t believe the evil is real, but plays a major part in rescuing Beverly from Pennywise in the sewers when he bravely faces up to his ultimate fear. 

Played by: Andy Bean (NOW)

Stan’s gone full middle America – a partner in an accounting firm in Atlanta, and married to a teacher, Patty. On paper, he seems like the best-adjusted adult of the lot. But is he?


Pennywise - NOW AND THEN

Played by: Bill Skarsgard

"For 27 years, I dreamed of you. I craved you. I missed you,” says It in the skin-crawling Chapter Two trailer. The kids may have thought they killed the “ancient cosmic evil”, who most often takes the form of Pennywise the clown to lure, terrorise and feed on the fear of the local children, but he’s back to take his dark, twisted revenge...