The wonderful duo over at Good Mourning Nancy did a great episode this past Tuesday, where they listed their dream cast for IT Part 2. I love that idea, so I’m going to piggyback off their great idea and present my ideal cast for the movie. If you haven’t given Good Mourning Nancy a listen, I highly recommend them! Abbey and Gracie are wonderful, and I love that they always discuss whether or not a particular horror movie passes the Bechdel Test.
Ethan Embry would be the perfect older Bill. We know he kills it in horror (he was great in The Devil’s Candy), and I think he would bring the perfect amount of anger and vulnerability to the part of Bill.
My one and only, Lily Rabe, would be a perfect Beverley. She killed it in American Horror Story, so we know she handles horror well, and I just think she would be perfect in the role. I think Jessica Chastain is too big of an actress to be in IT (I want them to be relatively popular or completely new people––but if Chastain were in the role, I would just see Jessica playing a role and it wouldn’t be as seamless as the first film).
I actually think Jason Bateman would be great in the role as Ben, and he would sort of harken to John Ritter (who played adult Ben in the miniseries back in the 90s).
Mike: Baron Vaughn has been the perfect Mike for me since I first read the book a couple summers ago. I think Baron would bring so much to the role, and I’d love to see how he performs in a horror movie. Plus, we already know he has a great relationship with Ethan!
Joel Edgerton would bring so much to the character of Stan––who (spoilers) isn’t in Part II long but does set up a lot in the few moments he’s present.
Richie is a hard one, because Finn Wolfhard played him perfectly, and I can’t think of an actor who would embody Richie as much as Finn did. So, I’m gonna go with Finn’s suggestion that Bill Hader play adult Richie.
I agree with Gracie and Abbey that Adam Scott would make a brilliant Eddie. I can see him playing off of the humor Jack Dylan Grazer brought to the role. He’s the biggest star I’ve listed, but I don’t think he’s such a big actor that his presence would be distracting.
So, that’s my dream casting! Who do you envision in the roles? Let me know!
Until next time, stay scary.