Los Angeles, Feb 21 (PTI) Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to feature in the “It” sequel as the adult Beverly. Also Read - Work From Home Norm Creates Tax Challenges For SEZs, Clarification Expected in Budget 2021

Sources tell Variety, the 40-year-old actor is being considered for the role, which was played by Sophia Lillis in the 2017 horror hit. Also Read - American Candy Maker Launches 'Shah Bar' to Honour Indian-Origin Doctor For His Work in Curbing Covid-19 in Maine

The insiders say the film, which will be penned by Gary Dauberman, is currently in the scripting stage. Also Read - Centre Plans on 'Desi' Version of Video Conferencing After Ministry of Home Affairs Pointed Zoom App is 'Not Safe'

Andy Muschietti back in the director’s chair. Both the helmer and writer have officially begun discussing Chastain joining the project.

Bill Skarsgard is also expected to reprise his role as Pennywise.

The sequel is slated to release on September 6 next year.

Production is expected to start this summer.

Chastain, who has already collaborated with Muschietti in his debut “Mama”, has been linked to the sequel for some time following its bumper opening weekend.

The actor had also shown interest in starring in the sequel last year in November.

“It” is based on Stephen King’s 1986 novel, which focuses on a group of schoolchildren in a fictional Maine community that battles the small town’s demon as kids, and then again as adults.

The movie centred on the children, while the sequel will follow them into adulthood.

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