The fan Facebook page for the 2017 screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It recently announced the casting of six members of “The Losers Club,” the name bestowed upon the main group of friends in the Stephen King tale.
The leader of Stephen King’s group, Bill Denbrough, will be played by Jaeden Lieberher, clearly the biggest name among any of the young Losers Club cast. Lieberher has already taken on big roles opposite megastars like Bill Murray and Melissa McCarthy in 2014’s St. Vincent, as well as Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst in 2016’s Midnight Special. Lieberher’s performance in Midnight Special was especially well-received, and Cinema Blend states 13-year-old Jaeden should be able to do ample justice to Stephen King’s horror masterpiece.
Lieberher as Bill is the only one of the Losers Club casting choices that has been officially announced for the Stephen King adaptation, and so it is the one receiving press coverage from major media sources. The casting of several other child actors for the film has also been revealed, though. Although most of said actors are not actually tied to specific characters yet, Stephen King fan communities like the “Stephen King’s It Remake” Facebook group have put their expansive Stephen King Knowledge to work to piece together which cast member will depict which member of the Losers Club.
Eddie Kaspbrak, Stephen King’s asthmatic “mama’s boy” who serves as one of the group’s larger presences in the Losers Club, will be enacted by Wyatt Oleff. Oleff’s acting resume is not nearly as star-studded as Lieberher’s, but he did play a small role in 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy when he portrayed the young version of Peter Quill. Oleff’s clean-cut, innocent look makes him a great fit for Eddie Kaspbrak.
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Richie Tozier, the redhead joker of the Losers Club, will be played by Finn Wolfhard, a 14-year-old with freckles and a mop of brown hair with very little professional acting experience. He may be the most controversial casting choice among the members of the Losers Club, as many commenters on the Facebook page and other Stephen King web forums such as Lilja’s Library have commented that they do not really see Wolfhard as a natural Richie.
Playing Mike Hanlon, the only African-American in the group, is the ever-so-handsome Chosen Jacobs. Jacobs also has virtually no pro acting credentials, with his biggest role as of yet being a single-episode appearance in Hawaii 5- 0 this year.
Ben Hanscom will be taken on by Jeremy Ray Taylor. Taylor’s generous build makes him a good look-alike for Hanscom the way Stephen King envisioned him, and he has played only uncredited roles in the past in films like 2015’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Ant-Man.
Stanley Uris will be played by Jack Dylan Grazer, yet another relatively unknown actor.
Beverly Marsh is the only member of Stephen King’s Losers Club who has not been cast yet, although fan sources agree that she will probably not be far behind her male castmates.
The fact that all these widely unproven and unrecognizable child actors are to make up the upcoming iteration of Stephen King’s vision is certainly exciting. It will likely contribute to the sense of magical innocence and freshness that King’s novel conveys during the portion where the members of the Losers Club are still children.
As for the adult actors who will play the grown-up versions of the Losers Club members, they have not been hinted at yet. Starr Hardgrove, one member of the Facebook fan page, says that the announcement of the child actors means that the adult actors have been cast but are just not being revealed yet. But the group’s administrator points out that it has been confirmed the film will be split into two parts, and the adult versions of the Losers Club will not even appear until the second film. It will likely be years before the second part is released, and so, he argues, the actors probably have not been selected yet.
Who would you like to see in the adult Losers Club cast? And who would make an ideal choice for young Beverly Marsh? Leave your opinions on who can bring Stephen King’s timeless tome to life in the comments section below!
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