John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Tickets Are Now On Sale

Tickets for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum are now available online. Starring Keanu Reeves as the titular retired assassin desperate for a quiet life, the first John Wick movie was released to little fanfare in 2014 but after a strong box office performance, a heap of glowing reviews and some positive word-of-mouth, the world began to recognize the no-holds-barred action thriller as a potential major franchise in the making. A sequel followed in 2017, cementing Wick’s new position as the premier modern action hero in Hollywood, as audiences bought in fully to the series’ simple concept, stunning set pieces and talented cast.

The conclusion of John Wick: Chapter 2 finds Reeves’ character declared excommunicado in the mercenary community and with a sizeable bounty placed upon his head, Wick is forced to go on the run, thus setting up the movie which has since been announced as John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. Joining Reeves on this adventure are newcomers Halle Berry, who was reportedly very keen to join the franchise, Mark Dacascos, Anjelica Huston and Robin Lord Taylor among others. Returnees include Laurence Fishburne, Ian McShane and Lance Reddick. Original director Chad Stahelski returns once again, as does franchise creator and writer Derek Kolstad.

Related: John Wick 3 CinemaCon Footage Description: Don’t Mess With Halle Berry’s Dogs

Ahead of next month’s release date, fans can now check for a nearby showing and purchase their tickets for John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum online via Lionsgate.

While pre-release sales are unlikely to be as hotly snapped up as the rush for Avengers: Endgame tickets a couple of weeks ago, Parabellum has a strong chance of becoming the most successful entry in the John Wick franchise yet, and with many eagerly awaiting the continuation of John’s story, advance ticket sales are sure to be high over the coming weeks leading up to the film’s official premiere.

The third John Wick film certainly has plenty going for it, with the series having already escaped the “disappointing sequel” trap once before and the quick turnaround between movies helping to ensure that the momentum from Chapter 2 carries through. The fact that the original creative team are still largely intact for Parabellum will also, in theory, help keep everything fans loved about the first two entries at the heart of the latest film.

With that said, any franchise (action fare more than most, some might argue) needs to evolve and add new elements to achieve long term success and Chapter 2 achieved this by building upon the fictional world of assassins, hitmen and mercenaries introduced in the first John Wick film. John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum will need to have a similar trick up its sleeve if Lionsgate are hoping for a fourth chapter to Wick’s story.

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2019-04-15 11:04:37

Craig Elvy

Wonder Woman Does The Unthinkable To Save DC’s Magic

Warning: SPOILERS For Wonder Woman #56

The latest chapter of The Witching Hour crossover has seen Wonder Woman and her allies in Justice League Dark joining forces with her most powerful enemy – the sorceress Circe. Given Circe’s long-standing grudge against the Amazons and Diana, it would take extraordinary circumstances for her to put aside her legendary spite for a common goal.  Of course with magic itself dying in DC’s Universe, describing the current circumstances as “extraordinary” is putting things lightly.

Based on the character from Greek mythology, the DC Comics version of Circe first appeared in Wonder Woman #37 in 1949. The precise reasons for Circe’s hatred of The Amazons and Wonder Woman have changed several times over the years, but the most common reasons are that The Amazons were responsible for imprisoning Circe for her crimes against humanity and that a prophecy predicted that Circe’s doom would be brought about by the Amazon princess. Though she first appeared during the Golden Age of Comics, it was not until George Perez’s revamp of Wonder Woman in 1987 that Circe was redeveloped into a major player in Princess Diana’s Rogues’ Gallery. It is a position of dishonor she has held ever since.

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The first chapter of The Witching Hour revealed that Wonder Woman was a conduit for hereto unknown magic powers – the result of her having been branded as a child by followers of Hectate, the Ancient Greek goddess of Magic. With Zatanna having discovered the meaning of the magical brand, Justice League Dark was able to start seeking answers as to what was happening to Wonder Woman and why.

This led them to Aeaea – the island home of Circe, according to The Odyssey. It was hoped that Circe, who drew her powers from a connection to Hectate, might know something of what was going on and be willing to bargain for that knowledge.

Though she was hostile at first, Circe was mollified the moment she saw what she called “the witchmark” on Diana’s forehead. Circe went on to explain the history of Hectate and how she was truly a power far older than the Olympian gods. The first wizards tried to tap Hectate’s power for their own uses unsuccessfully, caging a far more evil source of power that would come to slowly infect the world, and Hectate herself, with darkness.

This led Hectate to take the majority of her power and split it among five mortal vessels, The Witchmarked, who would hold Hectate’s pure and unsullied essence until a time when the magic of the rising darkness had begun to fade. Then Hectate would reclaim her power to defeat it, once and for all. As each of The Witchmarked died, the followers of Hectate would find another woman to hold Hectate’s power, passing her energy down from generation to generation.

The problem, Circe reveals, is that the passing years have corrupted Hectate’s mind and she is now a being born of spite and hatred rather than love and light and it was that desire for revenge that made Circe into a perfect avatar for Hectate’s power. The practical upshot is that while Hectate may be capable of fighting the rising darkness, she will forever destroy magic as it is known on Earth, with no magical power but her’s existing. This leaves Justice League Dark with few good options, as Wonder Woman seems doomed to die no matter what and the best option involves all magic being under the control of a single vengeful goddess. Of course all this assumes that Circe is telling the truth and this isn’t part of her own plan for revenge on Diana.

Wonder Woman #56 is now available from DC Comics.

More: Say Goodbye To Magic in DC’s Comic Universe

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2018-10-11 01:10:54 – Matt Morrison

The Shining Sequel Doctor Sleep Is Aiming For An R-Rating

Doctor Sleep – the movie adaptation of Stephen King’s sequel to The Shining – is aiming for an R-rating, according to director Mike Flanagan. Just about as long as there have been Stephen King books, there have been Stephen King movies. King’s first published novel, 1974’s Carrie, was translated into a film by no less a director than Brian De Palma in 1976. Ever since, King’s work has remained a go-to source for Hollywood studios, including several franchises. However, while sequels to King-based movies are common, very rarely are they based on actual follow-ups by the author.

The reason for that is simple: King doesn’t write sequels often. For the most part, King is content to let his stories stand alone, outside of the Easter eggs and select recurring characters he enjoys throwing in for fans as a way to establish that most of his work takes place in the same universe. While some notable exceptions exist – The Dark Tower saga, the Mr. Mercedes books – King generally prefers to tell new stories, rather than revisit his old ones. Which is what made King’s decision to release a sequel to The Shining in 2013 such a delight for his longtime fans.

Related: Ewan McGregor Says Doctor Sleep Movie is Faithful to Stephen King’s Book

While most King diehards would be unlikely to argue that Doctor Sleep measures up to its classic predecessor – a novel many hold up as one of King’s all-time best – reaction to the book – which focuses on the adult life of Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor), decades after the spirits of the Overlook Hotel corrupted his father Jack – was largely positive. Now, five years later, Warner Bros. is prepping a film adaptation of Doctor Sleep. For anyone worried that King’s sequel will be sanitized of violence, adult content, and language in order to draw in more viewers with a PG-13, director Mike Flanagan tells Collider that the film will likely be rated-R.

The news that Doctor Sleep is aiming for an R-rating is sure to please both fans of King and fans of the horror genre as a whole. While there have certainly been good horror films made with a PG-13-rating, too often studios are all too willing to compromise a story’s content in order to make it more accessible to a wider theatrical audience. For example, one need only look at the heavily compromised Dark Tower movie, although to be fair, the rating was hardly its biggest problem. Thankfully, with the runaway success of films like and Deadpool and Warner Bros’ 2017 King adaptation IT, studios are becoming less resistant to the idea that a film can be both R-rated and hugely successful financially.

It’s going to be an interesting couple of years for King fans, as 2019 will see both IT: Chapter Two and Pet Sematary hit theaters, with both films also expected to receive R ratings. A Netflix original film adaptation of King and son Joe Hill’s novella In The Tall Grass is also slated for next year, while Doctor Sleep will arrive in early 2020. In the meantime, Hulu’s Castle Rock series is set to return for season 2, while the Audience Network’s Mr. Mercedes show continues to air, and CBS All Access is in development on a limited series adaptation of The Stand. It’s good to be the King, and right now, it’s good to be one of his fans.

More: 25 Crazy Facts Behind The Making Of The Shining

Source: Collider

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2018-10-10 08:10:58 – Michael Kennedy

John Wick 3 Movie Logo Revealed At Licensing Expo

The first logo for John Wick 3 has arrived. Keanu Reeves’ career as an action lead was revitalized in a major way with the launch of the John Wick franchise. Reeves plays the former hired gun who gets pulled back into the lifestyle he left behind after some tragic losses. His need for revenge has served the story for two films so far, and next year will see John on the run as the entire assassin community will be after him. And after the success the franchise has experienced so far, Lionsgate is moving Wick into an ultra-competitive summer next year.

Since there are still several months before John Wick 3 hits theaters, there’s been hardly any marketing for the movie outside of a photo here and there. Instead, most of the attention for the movie has come from Reeves talking about it himself. Well, the marketing campaign may be gearing up to start as the official logo has now been revealed.

Related: Keanu Reeves Escapes On A Horse In John Wick 3 Photo

Dirtees provided the first look at John Wick 3‘s logo straight from the Brand Licensing Expo in London. The logo, which could be a concept and not the final design, is rather simplistic. The outline of Wick takes the place of the “I” in his last name, while it switches the franchise to Roman numerals. The design itself is one thing, but what some may be surprised by is the actual title itself.

Studios and marketing teams traditionally like to stay consistent with franchise titles, but John Wick 3 could be an example of change. The movie was previously referred to as John Wick: Chapter 3 (and still is on the social media pages for the film). It is possible that the third installment has dropped the “Chapter” altogether, or could further point to this not being the final logo design.

However, Reeves himself made this a bit more complicated when he said that John Wick: Parabellum was the title and revealed the meaning behind it. This came after the working title was changed from Alpha Cop to Parabellum right before production began. It is possible that Reeves was simply explaining how they chose the working title as it related to Wick’s actual story and it was mistakenly thought that Parabellum was the movie’s title.

We will hopefully get complete clarity on John Wick 3 and its title sooner rather than later. Since it is moving to the summer season, the marketing needs to be a bit more aggressive to make sure the movie isn’t lost among a slew of blockbusters. The threequel does have an impressive cast that includes Halle Berry, but it may need an extra dose of the franchise’s gun-fu to really sell audiences on coming back one more time.

MORE: First Official Look at Halle Berry in John Wick 3

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2018-10-10 04:10:31 – Cooper Hood

Making A Murderer Part 2 Trailer: The Conviction Was Just The Beginning

Part 2 of Netflix’s true-crime docuseries Making a Murderer is set to stream on October 19, according to the first trailer. The new season is an anticipated follow-up to one of the most talked-about true-crime series in recent memory. The original series, which premiered in 2015, joined the likes of Serial and HBO’s The Jinx, as not only captivating television (or podcasts), but also highly influential series with real-world implications. The two subjects of Making a Murderer, Steven Avery and his newphew Brendan Dassey, had their convictions investigated — and in Dassey’s case, overturned before being upheld again — by a lengthy and fraught legal battle that is now the subject of the series’ second season. 

That Netflix would want to capitalize on the fervor of the first season is no surprise, but given that the follow-up was announced soon after the first season became a sensation, it is rather surprising the streaming service was willing to wait as long as it did for more. That certainly works in favor of the new episodes, as not only does it feel less opportunistic, but it also presents a greater likelihood that there will be more new information viewers were perhaps unaware of. 

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The trailer for Making a Murderer Part 2 plays out less as a follow-up to season 1 than a response to the furor it caused. The new season focuses its attentions on the efforts by attorney Kathleen Zellner to overturn the conviction of Avery and Dassey, and there’s plenty of seemingly compelling evidence presented to make is seem as though Zellner, her team, and Avery have a fighting chance. Check out the trailer below:

“Netflix presents the highly-anticipated second chapter of the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning original documentary series Making a Murderer, which followed the unprecedented journey of Steven Avery from DNA exoneree and reformer to convicted murderer. Emmy Award-winning filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to the Midwest where they have exclusive access to Steven Avery and his co-defendant and nephew Brendan Dassey, their families and the legal teams fighting for justice on their behalf.  Over the course of 10 new episodes, Making a Murderer Part 2 provides an in-depth look at the high-stakes post-conviction process, exploring the emotional toll the process takes on all involved.”

Of course, with all true crime documentaries, the news and the internet will beat them to the punch, so what they offer will be a more in-depth look at the process of overturning a conviction and, presumably, the evidence that will once again get viewers creating petitions to overturn a murder conviction. Whether Making a Murderer Part 2 will be the phenomenon season 1 was remains to be seen, but true-crime obsessives won’t have to wait long to get their fix. 

Next: The Man In The High Castle Season 3 Review: More Sci-Fi Action Refocuses The Series

Making a Murderer part 2 will stream on Netflix on Friday, October 19.

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2018-10-09 01:10:40 – Kevin Yeoman

Star Wars Resistance Setting & How It Connects To The Force Awakens

A new chapter in the Star Wars saga begins this weekend when Star Wars Resistance debuts on the Disney Channel (followed by regular airings on Disney XD). The series takes place after the events of Episode VI: Return of the Jedi but before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, making it the first animated series (not including a few episodes of Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) to be set between these two trilogies.

For the most part, Star Wars Resistance focuses on Kazuda “Kaz” Xiono and the other pilots of the Colossus refueling station as they compete in dangerous but thrilling starship races. But there’s another reason Kaz in on Colossus – he’s a Resistance spy on orders from Poe Dameron to sniff out who supports their cause, and who supports the First Order.

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Though Star Wars Resistance is a more straightforward, lighthearted cartoon than either The Clone Wars or Star Wars Rebels, it still holds the potential to shed some light on a mostly unexplored period of the Star Wars saga. So when, exactly, does Resistance take place?

When Is Star Wars Resistance Set?

Star Wars Resistance is set just six months prior to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, placing the start of the series early in the year 34 ABY of the Galactic Standard Calendar (where ABY stands for After the Battle of Yavin). This is near the end of a period known as the Cold War, where the remnants of the Empire and the New Republic are stuck in a 20-year stalemate following the end of the Galactic Civil War. During this stalemate, these Imperial remnants form the First Order, and in 34 ABY, they officially reveal themselves to the galaxy by destroying the Hosnian System, and with it, much of the New Republic government.

The Resistance, however, is not a part of the New Republic. Rather, it is a splinter group formed by Senator Leia Organa after she resigns from the Galactic Senate in 28 ABY (as depicted in the novel, Bloodline). Its purpose is to fight the growing threat of the First Order which the New Republic foolishly chose to ignore. During the Cold War, many in the New Republic consider the Resistance nothing more than terrorists and they aren’t in any way officially sanctioned or recognized by the government. Yet, there are those within the New Republic who believe in the Resistance – like the young pilot, Kaz.

How Does It Connect To The Force Awakens?

Being set so close in time to the events of The Force Awakens, there are certainly many ways in which Star Wars Resistance can tie into the film. Resistance pilot Poe Dameron, for instance, appears in the series’ two-part premiere and it’s him who recruits the young Kaz to the cause – suggesting that during this time, the Resistance is actively seeking new members. General Leia Organa will appear as she continues building her coalition and BB-8 is there, too. In fact, Poe leaves his faithful little droid behind on the Colossus to look after Kaz. On the villain’s side, Captain Phasma can be seen in the trailer and she is sure to have an important role to play in the series as the First Orders starts planning their first move.

Besides including characters from the movies, there are events from The Force Awakens and other Star Wars media which may also be referenced. For example, Resistance might include mention of Luke Skywalker’s disappearance, Poe’s search for Lor San Tekka, or even show the destruction of the Hosnian System by Starkiller Base, should the show catch up to the events of The Force Awakens. There is even potential for some crossover with Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic seeing as that series is set during the same period of time as Star Wars Resistance. This means that whenever Poe turns back up on Resistance, he might bring some members of the Black Squadron along with him.

The Importance Of Starkiller Base

Of all the nods to the larger Star Wars saga in Star Wars Resistance, the inclusion of Starkiller Base is by far the most interesting. Much like those fools in the New Republic, viewers are still very much in the dark about the First Order. But by visiting Starkiller Base at an earlier point in time than when it appears in The Force Awakens, it might just be possible that Resistance will shed some light on who came up with the idea for the planet-battle station and how it was constructed. From this, we may also learn more about the First Order itself, including its creation and how it functions differently/similarly to the Empire.

Additionally, by revealing to audiences the existence of Starkiller Base before it’s been unveiled to the galaxy teases yet another mystery for Resistance to explore – Supreme Leader Snoke. No character (besides perhaps Rey) has led to more theories and speculation about who they really are or where they came from. Resistance is the chance to dive into Snoke’s history, explaining how he rose to prominence within the First Order and how he came to be so powerful in the Force. As of the moment, there’s been no evidence that Snoke will actually appear on Star Wars Resistance, but it’s certainly a prime opportunity to finally receive some answers.

Next: Star Wars Resistance Voice Cast & Character Guide

Star Wars Resistance premieres this Sunday at 10pm/9c on the Disney Channel, with subsequent episodes airing on Disney XD.

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2018-10-07 03:10:55 – Sarah Moran

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey: How To Get The Best Ending

Assassin’s Creed Odyssey has arrived, and it certainly leaves a big impression. Its massive open world and variety of additional content makes it a hugely impressive and immersive experience, and one where it’s capable to lose hours at a time. Beyond that, however, the game also has a tightly wound and highly personal story to tell.

That said, players will have to pay attention during the game’s main narrative. Rather than losing themselves in completing Conquest Battles, a bit of care is needed during the core plot. That’s because Assassin’s Creed Odyssey offers up nine different endings, depending on the choices that the player makes over the course of the game.

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The story of Assassin’s Creed Odyssey isn’t exactly linear, with three core story arcs that intertwine over the course of the game. The roots of this plot lie in the family section of the story, which directly revolves around the player character (regardless of whether they choose Alexios or Kassandra), and it’s here where the end result of the player’s choices lies. However, it’s worth bearing in mind that those other threads of the story – those for the Cult of Kosmos and those that tie into the First Civilization of Assassin’s Creed lore – are also woven together here.

So, here’s a rundown of the choices players will have to make to make sure they’re left with the best outcome at the end of the game. Bear in mind that there are heavy spoilers for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey ahead.

During Chapter 2 of the game, the player meets their (adoptive) father Nikolaos, a Spartan general otherwise known as the Wolf of Sparta. Here, the player can kill Nikolaos for his part in nearly murdering the hero as a child, or spare his life. Sparing him is the option to choose here, as not only does it open up a quest line later in the game but it allows the best ending to still be available.

Next, during Chapter 6, players will need to make another choice – this time for their mother, Myrinne. Here, they will need to promise to save their sibling Deimos from the Cult of Kosmos to keep the happy ending possible.

The next few options revolve around Nikolaos again, in Chapter 7. During a conversation with Nikolaos, he must be convinced to intervene with Stentor, his adopted son, during the quest The Last Fight of Aristaios. Later in the same chapter, the player must keep Stentor alive when given the chance to kill him.

Next up is Chapter 8. Here, it’s extremely important to choose carefully during the conversation with Deimos in jail during Doing Time. The player has to convince them that they are being manipulated by the cult. Finally, in Chapter 9, the player must refuse to fight Deimos.

This will then result in the happiest ending in the game, with the family reunited. Of course, there are plenty of other endings available, depending on the choices the player makes, so stick to this route unless the player is after one of the different endings of the game.

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2018-10-06 01:10:06 – Rob Gordon

IT Chapter 2 Writer Believes Ending Will Break Fans’ Hearts

Pennywise is coming back to Derry in IT: Chapter Two, and while the film will surely make fans jump out of their seats, writer Gary Dauberman says it will also break some hearts. One of last year’s biggest surprises was director Andy Muschietti’s theatrical take on Stephen King’s novel IT, which broke box office records, and gained praise not only for the performances of the young cast but also the way the story was adapted.

IT: Chapter One covered half the novel, following a group of kids self-named “The Losers Club” as they come face to face with an evil, shape-shifting entity whose preferred form is that of Pennywise, the dancing-clown. IT: Chapter Two will take the audience back to the fictional town of Derry, as the adult versions of the Losers take on this evil foe one more time and bring the story to a close. Being a horror film, fans can naturally expect suspense and jump scares here and there, but according to the sequel’s writer, fans can also expect some heartbreak.

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During an interview with Slash Film, while promoting The Nun, writer Gary Dauberman was asked about IT: Chapter Two, and whether the film reaches the end of the book or if there will be more from Pennywise and the Losers. Dauberman answered that it’s a complete story, and as for the ending, he thinks it “will satisfy the audience and maybe break their hearts a little bit”.

Dauberman also spoke a bit about the challenges that came with writing this second part. At the end of IT: Chapter One, fans saw the Losers take a blood oath – promising they would return to Derry to destroy the creature if it came back – and say their goodbyes as the group went their separate ways. In the second part of the story, the Losers are all in different parts of the country, which was a challenge for Dauberman, as there had to be a sort of “introduction” to their adult versions.

In the novel, the adult part is pretty emotionally charged at some points, showing the contrasts between childhood and adulthood, how relationships change through time, and how fears are more complex when one becomes an adult. The ending has received mixed reactions over the years, and it’s unknown if the film will stay true to it or tweak things a bit – after all, various details have already been changed so far. Could the heartbreak mentioned by Dauberman be a result of Losers dying that originally didn’t in King’s classic story? It’s a completely open question.

The team behind IT: Chapter Two has been very careful in what they say and what they share on social media in order to not give anything away – even the set photos that have made their way to the internet don’t tell much, and while some appear to reference key moments from the book, nothing on that end is confirmed. What’s known for sure is that the sequel will be scarier and more intense – and that “intensity” might not only be in terms of scares, but other emotions as well.

More: IT Chapter 2: The Weirdest Things That Happen In The Book

Source: Slash Film

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2018-09-07 05:09:27 – Adrienne Tyler

What The IT Chapter Two Set Photos Reveal About The Sequel

The release of IT Chapter Two is still more than a year away, but set photos from the main filming location (Port Hope, Ontario) have offered some intriguing clues about the upcoming battle with Pennywise. The original cast of kids will be reprising their roles in flashback scenes, but IT Chapter Two will also introduce the adult versions of the Losers’ Club: Jessica Chastain as Beverly, James McAvoy as Bill, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, James Ransone as Eddie, Bill Hader as Richie, Jay Ryan as Ben, and Andy Bean as Stan.

IT Chapter Two picks up 27 years (the magic number) after the Losers’ first encounter with Pennywise, when they succeeded in temporarily defeating and banishing him. At the end of IT, the seven friends agreed that they would return to the town of Derry as adults when the time came, in order to stop the monster from going on another child-killing spree.

Related: IT Chapter 2 Is Dodging Spoilers Brilliantly

The first movie more or less followed the plot of the book, with a few omissions and a few additions, so it’s likely that the sequel will have a similar mix of adaptation and innovation. With filming on IT Chapter Two now wrapping up, let’s take a look at all the set photos so far, and break down what they reveal.

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The Adult Losers Take Up The Fight

The Losers’ second showdown with Pennywise isn’t going to leave them unscathed. In fact, it had some real world casualties. James McAvoy shared a photo to Instagram of himself with a pair of cold packs on his thighs, explaining that he’d suffered “slight double thigh strain” while “fighting Pennywise.” The photo also shows that McAvoy’s shirt is pretty filthy with mud, indicating that this particular fight with Pennywise took place somewhere grimy. Perhaps the thigh strain resulted from the Losers’ final battle in the sewers.

Set photos of Jessica Chastain have offered some insight into the trials that Beverly will face in the movie, with some photos showing the adult Beverly with distinct bruises on her left forearm. The photos seem to be from scenes shortly after Beverly’s arrival back in Derry, so it’s likely that the bruises are from her husband, Tom (who is played by Will Beinbrink). In the book, Tom is extremely abusive and beats Beverly right before she leaves for Derry, so she is still recovering from the violence when she arrives in town.

In another photo, this time posted to director Andy Muschietti’s Instagram, Chastain is drenched from head to toe in blood, indicating that we may get a repeat of the dreadful bathroom scene in the first movie. As if cleaning it all up the first time wasn’t bad enough!

Related: IT Chapter Two’s Comic-Con Footage Showed the Losers’ Club Reunited

The Flashback Scenes Take Place During IT, Not After

In the set photos that show Sophia Lillis (who plays young Beverly), she is notably wearing the same outfit from the end of IT, when she and the other Losers make a blood oath to return and fight Pennywise again. Muschietti explained in an interview with Syfy that the flashbacks will be to moments during IT, not to the aftermath of it. The reason for that is… well, basically there’s a benevolent turtle god called Maturin who is subtly giving them the guidance that they need to defeat It once and for all:

“In the second movie, the turtle left a few clues to their childhood that they don’t remember. They have to retrieve those memories from the summer of 1989, and that’s how we jump back to 1989. The keys to defeating to Pennywise are left in the past, and as adults, they don’t remember.”

What’s particularly interesting about the photos of Lillis and Chastain is that they are both in costume and filming on the same day. While it’s possible that the day was simply split between scenes (for example, filming scenes with the adults in the morning and scenes with the kids in the afternoon), the fact that IT Chapter Two will see the adult Losers discovering lost memories indicates that the movie could get a little more creative than that. We may well see the adult losers and their kid counterparts on-screen at the same time, as the Losers experience their lost memories first hand by “watching” their younger counterparts.

Well, most of them, anyway. Because in all of the group shots of the Losers back in Derry, there’s someone missing.

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Pennywise Takes Different Forms And Makes a New Friend

While Pennywise the Dancing Clown is the most famous and recognizable of It’s forms, Pennywise is actually just another disguise designed to frighten children. In IT we saw the creature take on other forms – like the hideous painting of a woman with a twisted face, and an oozing leper who attacks poor hypochondriac Eddie. The leper form was played by Spanish actor Javier Botet (who also played the titular ghost in Mama, and the Crooked Man in The Conjuring 2), and Botet shared a photo of himself on the set of IT Chapter Two with Muschietti. It’s likely that Botet will be returning to play the Leper again, though given his versatility in playing horror movie monsters (Botet has Marfan syndrome, and is extremely tall and slender with long, double-jointed limbs), he could play other forms as well.

Aside from Botet’s return, however, the most exciting tease of Pennywise we’ve seen so far is a series of photos that show the demon clown riding on the shoulder of a giant Paul Bunyan statue. In the novel, Pennywise brings the Paul Bunyan statue to life and uses it to torment poor Richie Tozier, so it looks like that scene will make it into the movie as well. Other photos show Pennywise floating down from the statue with one hand in the air – perhaps being carried around by a bunch of balloons.

Related: IT Chapter 2: Every Update You Need To Know

Where is Stanley Uris?

Warning: SPOILERS ahead for the novel, and probably the movie

The fact that Andy Bean, who plays the adult version of Stanley Uris, hasn’t appeared in any of the set photos so far (in particular, the photo of the Losers’ Club returning to Derry) doesn’t bode well for poor Stan. In the book, Stan is the only member of the Losers’ Club who refuses to return to Derry, and is so terrified of It’s return that he chooses death over a second encounter, and kills himself in the bathtub – scrawling “IT” on the wall in his blood. The movies seem to be following the book pretty faithfully, so it’s likely that the adult Stan won’t make it very far into IT Chapter Two (there’s also a pretty good chance that his suicide note will form the basis of the movie’s title screen).

Of course, that doesn’t mean we’ve seen the last of Wyatt Oleff, who plays the young version of Stanley. Oleff will be returning in the Losers’ Club’s flashback scenes, and if (as seems likely) the adult Stanley ends up killing himself, there will be a certain sad poignancy to seeing him with his friends again. That said, we wouldn’t completely write off the possibility of Gary Dauberman’s screenplay shaking things up and inventing a different storyline for Stan – maybe even one with a happier ending.

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