James McAvoy Talks Hall of Mirrors Scene in It: Chapter Two

In a slight departure from the book’s story, there was a very specific reason this scene was imagined for the big screen.

By Chris Morse

You may recall hearing a couple weeks ago that an all-new scene was added to It: Chapter Two at the request of none other than Stephen King himself, but this week we learned of another new scene that wasn’t part of the novel’s original story. In a recent chat with EW, adult Bill Denbrough actor James McAvoy revealed the origins of the new hall of mirrors sequence, which you may recall seeing a little bit of in recent trailers for the film.

“We were missing a vital story beat for Bill where he dealt with his guilt that he caused his brother’s death,” explained McAvoy. “I said to Andy, “What can we do?’…and literally in 50 minutes, he invented a whole new sequence. It was never in the script, and it isn’t in the book. It’s brilliant.”

According to director Andy Muschietti, the entire scene was shot with virtually no CGI, except for one specific moment, using two cameras rolling simultaneously. From what we have seen in preview footage, this sequence is set to be a terrifying one and looks right to feel right at home with King’s overall story of the adult Losers’ Club returning to Derry.

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It: Chapter Two brings the Losers' Club into adulthood with James McAvoy as Bill, Jay Ryan as Ben, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Andy Bean as Stanley, and last but not least, James Ransone as Eddie. It was also previously announced that Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink would be playing the roles of Adrian Mellon and Tom Rogan respectively. Bill Skarsgård is, of course, reprising his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

The film will hit theaters on September 6th, 2019. Andy Muschietti has returned to direct a script written by Gary Dauberman. Both films are based off the 1986 best-selling novel It by Stephen King, one of his most notable works.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo

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