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!
Who Should Play Eddie, Mike, & Bev
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