The highly-anticipated trailer for the horror sequel It: Chapter Two has finally been released. Bill Skarsgard is back again as Pennywise The Dancing Clown, who is more terrifying and bloodthirsty than ever in Andy Muschietti’s follow-up to the hit 2017 movie based on Stephen King’s iconic 1986 novel.
The film is set 27 years after the first installment with grown-up versions of the Loser Club. They face off against Pennywise one more time as the evil entity returns to terrorize the children of Derry, Maine. Chapter two also stars James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, James Ransone as Eddie, Andy Bean as Stanley, Jay Ryan as Ben and Isaiah Mustafa as Mike.
The trailer begins with Beverly (Chastain) returning to her childhood home in Derry, Maine and finding a seemingly friendly Mrs. Kersh living there. But what starts out as a nostalgic visit gradually turns weird, when it’s revealed that the old lady may not be what she seems. ‘But you know what they say about Derry? No one who dies here ever really dies,’ she says to a stunned and shocked Bev.
Things turn even creepier when Mrs. Kersh reveals that her father joined the circus after initially arriving in the US with $14 in his pocket. Bev is stunned when she discovers a picture on the wall of the old woman as a child with her father at the circus advertising Pennywise The Dancing Clown.
‘I was always daddy’s little girl, what about you?’ the old woman asks in a sweet tone. ‘Are you still his little girl little Beverly?’ With her voice turning to an angry yell she follows up with: ‘Are you?!’ The trailer ends with a series of quick clips showing the harrowing ordeal that lies ahead for The Losers Club.
The young stars of the original film do make a return in flashback scenes of the Loser Club: Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, and Chosen Jacobs as Mike.
Like it’s predecessor, the harrowing story takes place in Derry, a fictional town in Maine that has served as the setting of a number of Stephen King’s novels, novellas and short stories. Derry first appeared in his short story The Bird And The Album (1981). Along with It (1986), the town has also been used for Insomnia (1994); the short story The Road Virus Heads North (1999), which appears in the collection Everything’s Eventual; Dreamcatcher (2001); Fair Extension (2010); and most recently in the novel 11/22/63 (2011).
There have been a number of his works that makes references to Derry. The 2017 reboot set numerous box office records and grossed $700 million worldwide. Unadjusted for inflation, it is the highest grossing and most profitable horror film of all time. It’s also fourth-highest-grossing R-rated film.
It: Chapter Two will attempt to bring to life some of the weirder elements from Stephen King’s novel, including the Ritual of Chüd. Speaking to Cinema Blend last year, writer Gary Dauberman explained: ‘The Ritual of Chüd is challenging, but it’s such an important component to the book that we had to address it.
‘That stuff is difficult to balance, but because [director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti and I] worked with each other before, when I’m writing pages and all that stuff it becomes more of a conversation and less like, “Hey, here’s what I did.” It’s sort of organic; it’s really kind of just chipping away at the stone and trying to find the most focused, accessible way into some of more metaphysical aspects of that book.’
The Ritual of Chüd is described in the book as a battle of wills in which the murderous clown Pennywise and a member of the Losers Club each extend their tongues, overlap them, bite down, and then exchange jokes until one party laughs. Dauberman didn’t think it was possible to cover the Ritual of Chüd in the first film because him and Muschietti had to get to know one another’s cinematic style.
He explained: ‘I think that’s something that Andy gave a lot of thought about, which was great, because as I was kind of chugging along through the Adrian Melon stuff and sort of more the stuff that’s in the book that you kind of just want to see on screen.
‘I’m writing that stuff, and Andy would kind of go off and think about Chüd and how he wants to visually represent all that stuff. He just came up with some brilliant, brilliant stuff… It really is going to be amazing.’ It: Chapter Two goes on general release in the United Kingdom and United States on September 6.