Jay was in attendance at the 2019 Cinema Con event with the cast of IT: Chapter Two. I’ve added a few photos of him at the event. Big thanks to my friend Emily for a couple of these. Enjoy!
Pennywise is back.
The highly anticipated horror sequel It: Chapter Two unveiled its first look at CinemaCon on Tuesday. A follow-up to 2017’s box office smash based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the sequel follows “The Losers Club” 27 years after the events of the first film.
Set in the present day, the club reunites in accordance with their blood oath to fight the evil clown Pennywise a second time. Older versions of the kids from the 1980s-set first film will be portrayed by the likes of James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in this sequel, though the younger versions will also appear in memory and flashback sequences.
Director Andy Muschietti, who is returning after overseeing the first film, took the stage accompanied by Pennywise’s signature red balloons to begin the proceedings. The majority of the cast, both the younger members of The Losers Club and their adult counterparts, were on-hand to unveil the new footage and first look at the sequel. Only Jaeden Martell was missing, and McAvoy, Martell’s adult counterpart onscreen, joked, “He’s too talented and he threatens me, so I made him disappear.”
Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) who plays the younger version of Richie told the crowd he lobbied for Bill Hader to play the adult version of his character. He strove to make “Richie as funny as he could be because that’s the job in the book.” Hader joked that Wolfhard landed him the gig, and Wolfhard said he wanted Hader to play grown-up Richie because of his renowned comedy skills. “I was like, well, Richie’s funny to himself,” said Wolfhard, and Hader retorted, “Yeah, Richie thinks he’s funny. It’s like, who’s an a–hole who thinks he’s funny? Who laughs at his own jokes a lot?”
The first footage heavily featured Jessica Chastain, who plays the adult version of Beverly Marsh, including shots of her visiting her childhood home and encountering Pennywise. It was mostly quick-cut footage featuring the kids, their adult counterparts, Pennywise, and those terrifying red balloons. While the footage was brief, the overarching sense was that the first look at the sequel lived up to its frightening predecessor with many describing it as “bloody” and “scary.” One person even noted “adult diapers needed for this film!” See below for a series of reactions to the footage.
The sequel is also an adaptation of King’s 1,000 plus page novel. The two films together make up the entirety of the novel, and it was always the filmmaker’s intention to divide the story into two distinct parts.
The film debuts Sept. 6.
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The first footage from It: Chapter Two was shown at Comic-Con on Wednesday, a behind-the-scenes glimpse which provided fans with their fist look at the adult versions of the Losers’ Club.
The second part of the blockbuster film adaptation of the Stephen King classic only started shooting a few weeks ago in Toronto so it was too early in the sequel’s production to show too much of what they’re working on.
A behind-the-scenes featurette anchored by director Andy Muschietti revealed James McAvoy as Bill, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jay Ryan as Ben, James Ransone as Eddie, and Andy Bean as Stanley.
There were on-set virgnettes of the actors filming various shots, as well as glimpses of Bill Skarsgård back as the monstrous demon clown Pennywise.
While there was nothing truly revealing or scary shown — and almost all of the footage was of the filming of scenes rather than the scenes themselves — the footage did show the adult Losers’ Club reuniting at a restaurant years after the events of Chapter One. Hader’s Richie asks the group, knowingly, what they’d like to talk about …
There was also some footage from the first It featuring the younger members of the Losers Club: Jaeden Lieberher as Bill, Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, Sophia Lillis as Beverly, Finn Wolfhard as Richie, Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Chosen Jacobs as Mike, and Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie.
The It: Chapter Two presentation was part of New Line Cinema’s “ScareDiego” panel touting their upcoming horror slate, which included The Nun and The Curse of La Llorona.
It: Chapter Two scares its way into theaters September 6, 2019.
Principal photography has begun on It Chapter Two, with New Zealand actor Jay Ryan taking his place among the sequel’s cast.
Ryan will be playing the part of the adult version of Ben.
The first part of the film was one of 2017’s biggest films, grossing over $700 million globally, and also the highest-grossing horror film of all time.
Bill Skarsgard will return as the evil clown Pennywise.
Ryan will join a cast of well-known actors to play the adult version of The Losers’ Club, first seen in the first part of the adaptation of Stephen King’s seminal book.
Ryan will be joining the likes of Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, Bill Hader, and Andy Bean in the sequel to the massively popular It.
Jay Ryan has been cast as the adult version of Ben Hanscom in New Line Cinema’s It: Chapter 2. The younger version of this character was played by actor Jeremy Ray Taylor in It.
The actor can be seen on the eOne/Hulu rights-to-die drama series Mary Kills People, the second season of which premiered this month. A New Zealand native, Ryan first broke through on stage with his one person show The Packer in which he played eight characters. The piece played to raves at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where reviewers likened his performance to a live stage version of Trainspotting re-situated in New Zealand. Ryan then went on to play Mark Mitcham, the crafty son of a drug lord in the Golden Globe-and-Emmy Award-winning BBC/Sundance Channel miniseries Top of the Lake for directors Jane Campion and Garth Davis. That same year, the actor was cast as the titular lead in the CW’s award-winning sci-fi series Beauty and the Beast
Ryan is repped by United Talent Agency, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham. His Australian agent is Independent Artists.