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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This month saw the release of the film IT. Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, it managed to capture a very specific soul and essence that the book also captured, and it was in no small part a result of the great chemistry between the kids who played the Losers Club.

For those who don’t know, the Losers Club consists of the main characters of the film. They are self-proclaimed “losers” who embrace their identity, and over the course of the story, they come to realize that Derry is under attack by an evil force, and they work to put an end to its centuries long reign.

These kids did an amazing job together, and in the 2019 sequel, the filmmakers will need to hire a whole new group of people to play these seven characters as adults. But who could do the job? Not only must they be great actors, but they need to be great together. Sure, the characters may not know each other as well as they do when they’re young, but there should be something there for them.

With in mind, we thought we’d take a few moments to contemplate who could play the likes of Bill Denbrough, Ben Hanscom, Richie Tozier, Mike Hanlon, Stan Uris, Beverly Marsh, and Eddie Kaspbrak as late-30 or early 40-somethings

Bill Denbrough – Leonardo DiCaprio

I know this one is a tall order. Leonardo DiCaprio isn’t one to come in to a sequel, or be involved in a “franchise” film on any level. All the same, actor Jacob Lieberher always looked like a young Dane DeHaan to me, who always looked like a young Leonardo DiCaprio.

Plus, you know the dude can act. No questions there. He may skew a bit old, but on the whole, I think it’s something worth trying out. Since we’re just fantasy casting anyways, we may as well reach for the stars

Ben Hamscomb – Bradley Cooper

Ben Hamscomb is a particularly difficult character to cast. You want to cast someone who can play smart and playboy-ish, yet still have that air of insecurity. As someone who lost weight growing up, that insecurity would play a large role, and yet it’d have to be someone who could convincingly pull off that playboy role.

The man I think who can pull off the job best is Bradley Cooper. Yeah, he’s got that pointy, suave look, but as he’s proven in other films that he also has the potential to play a real vulnerable and layered person, which is exactly what Ben needs.

Richie Tozier – Ryan Gosling

All right, time for the wise-cracking one of the group. Who has a penchant for being able to talk for hours at a time, with the potential to keep the radio waves alive and well? Trust me, Ryan Reynolds crossed my mind too, but at the end of the day, he didn’t QUITE have as similar a look to Finn Wolfhard as the other Ryan: Ryan Gosling.

Plus, while Gosling is often seen as a serious actor, his more comedic side is something that many folks overlook. From his girlish squeals in The Nice Guys to his more fast-talking role in The Big Short, he has a lot of potential to be a solid Richie.

Stanley Uris – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Obviously when you have a character who’s Jewish, it’s important to get an actor who is actually Jewish, but it also helps when the actor at least resembles the original Such is the case with Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Yes, those who know the book know that Gordon-Levitt’s casting would mostly be in vain. As someone who is incredibly scarred following the events when they were kids, he’s the one less equipped and ready to take Pennywise on a second time. All the same, we’re fantasy casting here, so sue us!


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  • Weresmurf

    No thanks on almost every single count. I’d like actors that actually sink me into the movie, ones that inspire pathos and ethos from me, all I see when I see most of them is ‘Hey that’s Leo! Hey that’s Jared!’ not the actual character. Go for some lesser knowns, or some lower budget actors. Besides, your selections automatically drive the budget up into the stratosphere. About the only one I agreed with was Amy Adams.

    If I were casting personally I would’ve gone:

    Bill: Michael C Hall
    Richie: Bill Hader
    Bev: Amy Adams (Failing her, Jessica Chastain)
    Ben: Josh Hartnett
    Stanley: Michael Rosenbaum
    Eddie: Adam Scott
    Mike: Sterling K Brown

    • 2 Left Thumbs

      I commend the author for picking someone other than Chastain for Bev. Every one of these lists seems to suggest Chatain!!

      Other than that, I fully support your picks! I agree that an A-list cast would be distracting. We don’t need 6 big names all competing for screen time. I would love to see Michael C Hall in more things. Hader would nail Richie’s shitheadedness. And the rest are good picks too. Great work man!

      • Weresmurf

        Only reason I think Chastain gets picked, is we all know Muschietti adores her and puts her in most of his flicks. She’ll end up as Bev, I can see it happening.

      • Joseph Jammer Medina

        I was real close to picking Heather Graham for Bev, but I don’t think she’s a natural redhead…?

    • Joseph Jammer Medina

      Great list! Only one I disagree with is Adam Scott, since I can’t unsee him as Ben in anything, but that’s a personal issue

      • Weresmurf

        Might I suggest Fred Savage as Eddie 😉

  • Neil Phillip

    Why does a Jewish character have to be played by a Jewish actor? I don’t understand but would love an explanation.

  • Nick_SuIIivan

    Dream on, Medina. WB will never fork out enough money to satisfy Leo and Bradley’s paychecks. Especially since the original made half a billion on a small budget.

    • Weresmurf

      Most of those are incredibly likely. Especially Bateman (however he’s been mentioned a few places for Bill), Hader and Chastain. I’d be surprised if they go with Mackey though, I’m honestly expecting them to get Jordan Peele or Sterling K Brown. Those are two names being bandied around a lot lately.

  • Fallout Boy!

    Casting stars and celebrities will make it suck hard. The success of part 1 is because most of the people play as relative unknowns. Yeah, we know some of them…a bit. But stars play themselves. Actors play characters. The fine line gets crossed with increasing celebrity. Why do you think most of the great actors start mugging? DeNiro was electric when we hardly knew him. Now he’s an asshole activist complainer for whom acting is a quaternary concern at best. Gosling is the beta male bridge boy. Too soft to live up to the MEN of the past, doughy enough not to threaten pansies and still engage some chicks who still like guys, just metrosexual guys. All the choices are good, but the unknown can only help increase the tension of part 2 – we need FACES for whom the memory of repeated performances is not ingrained upon our subconscious. Their expressions and mannerisms existing outside our knowledge allow for greater depth of suspension of disbelief.

  • Psychotic Bitch With a Knife

    I would watch this.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer’s always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he’s always been something of a story junkie.