Beware: The new trailer for It Chapter Two, which debuted late on Wednesday as part of New Line Cinema’s Comic-Con-adjacent “ScareDiego” in anticipation of today’s launch, gets gory. Really gory. According to actress Jessica Chastain and director Andy Muschietti, who both spoke at the event, the horror sequel may just set a record in the end for the most on-screen blood used in a single film. Chastain pegged the number around 4500 gallons. A good deal of that spouts out into the new trailer.
The It 2 teaser opened with an extended scene of grown-up Beverly returning to Derry, Maine to have tea with one terrifying (and naked) old lady. The remaining 40 seconds or so of the trailer gave glimpses of the grown-up Loser’s Club.
This new trailer shows off the full grown-up cast even more, and a look at some of Pennywies’s reality-bending antics. Running in terror are James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverley, Jay Ryan as Ben, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, James Ransone as Eddie, and Andy Bean as Stan. Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise the Clown (who, evidently, can do that whole wandering eye movie for real, saving Muschietti on precious CG dollars).
Stephen King’s original It novel took place in 1957 and 1985, while the miniseries took place in 1960 and 1990. Chapter Two takes place 27 years after the events of the first chapter, which took place in 1989.
“The movie is about trauma,” Muschietti, who added that audiences will learn new details about the Loser’s Club and the events of ’89 that we didn’t see in the first movie because “they don’t remember them” in the present. Spooky!
The modern setting isn’t expected to affect the adaptation too much: additional scenes shown to audiences at ScareDiego included the big Jade of the Orient Reunion Scene — shot with saturated colors, anxiety-inducing camera moves, and an exceeding level of cast chemistry (Hader is absolutely hilarious as the grown up Richie) — and a return to the Neibolt house. Muschietti summons the spirit of John Carpenter’s The Thing in a few of the most gruesome parts.
It Chapter Two hits theaters on Sept. 6, 2019.