It’s official, Pennywise is back. And apparently, he’s even more terrifying this time around.
On Tuesday, Warner Bros. released never-before-seen footage for It: Chapter Two at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Since no official footage or trailer has been released yet, this is definitely a big deal for Stephen King fans.
The film is a follow-up to the 2017 hit film based on the novel of the same name. Set in the present day, the sequel follows The Losers Club 27 years after the events of the original. The gang reunites (honoring their blood oath) to finally defeat the evil clown once and for all.
The adult versions of the characters are played by Jessica Chastain (Beverly), James McAvoy (Bill), Bill Hader (Richie), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike), Jay Ryan (Ben), Andy Bean (Stan) and James Ransone (Eddie). And of course Bill Skarsgård will reprise his role as Pennywise.
At the event, director Andy Muschietti took the stage along with the cast (young and old versions) to introduce the footage. The sneak peek reveals an adult Beverly Marsh, who returns to her old home in Derry and knocks on the door. She is greeted by an elderly woman (Mrs. Kersh) who tells her her father has passed away and invites her to come in for some tea.
She looks around the home (finding the old postcard Ben gave her), but behind her, something dark and eerie is going on with Mrs. Kersh.
“It’s so hot you feel like you could die,” the woman says. “You know what they say about Derry? No one who dies here ever really dies.” Umm, creepy. Beverly can sense something isn’t right.
She looks at a family photo from the woman, who tells her the father pictured used to work at the circus. She’s startled to notice the picture has a human-looking version of Pennywise’s face. Next thing she knows, the woman (who is naked) is chasing her. Consider us officially freaked out.
The rest of the footage follows the now-adult Losers as they return to Derry, with flashback scenes of them as kids. And although the footage wasn’t extensive, it definitely had an impact on attendees.