There is nothing Hollywood loves more than a sequel and the latest one on deck is a sequel to last year's smash hit It. Now, it seems like Jessica Chastain will be part of the next installment as the redheaded chameleon is currently in talks to join the cast, according to Variety. While the script for the sequel is still being written, one thing is for sure: director Andy Muschietti wants Chastain to star in it, alongside Bill Skarsgard. Chastain is reportedly in negotiation to take on the role, for which production would begin this summer.
As long as there has been the thought of the It sequel, there's been talk of Chastain's involvement. Granted, much of it, at first, was from fans hoping she'd join the cast. After learning the next film would pick back up 27 years later as the Losers' Club members were faced with once again warding off Pennywise, many It viewers suggested that Chastain would be a natural fit to play an older version of Sophia Lillis' Beverly, as Vanity Fair noted at the time. The director, who Chastain has worked with before on 2013's horror thriller Mama, also suggested Chastain would make an excellent grown-up Beverly, telling Variety, "Jessi is an amazing actress and very good friend and I would love her to play Beverly. She loves the movie and it feels like the planets are aligned in that sense, but we still have to make that happen."
Even Chastain herself has expressed that she'd love to do it, as she told ScreenRant last year, "Well, I love Andy and [producer] Barbara [Muschietti]. They’re my friends. They’re like my family. Anything that they’re doing I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen." Even Lillis has signed on to have the fearless actress play her as, when asked who her first choice would be by Vanity Fair, she said, "Jessica Chastain!"
Chastain has been extending her résumé in recent months to break out of the dramas she's become known for, as her former coworker turned best friend Octavia Spencer recently revealed that the two are set to star in a holiday comedy.