Jay Ryan has joined the cast of “It: Chapter 2” as the adult version of Ben Hanscom, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
The younger version of the character was played by actor Jeremy Ray Taylor in the first theatrical installment.
“It: Chapter Two” will star James McAvoy, Bill Hader, and Jessica Chastain as the adult versions of Stanley’s friends, Bill, Richie, and Beverly. The kids who starred in the first “It” will return for flashbacks in “Chapter Two,” including Finn Wolfhard and Jaeden Lieberher. And Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgård, will reprise his role as the scary clown.
Released last September, “It” became the highest grossing horror film of all-time with $700 million grossed worldwide. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Gary Dauberman are also returning for “Chapter Two,” which will be released by Warner Bros. and New Line on September 6, 2019. Production is expected to start this summer.
Ryan is currently starring opposite Caroline Dhavernas in eOne’s right-to-die drama, “Mary Kills People,” the second season of which premiered this month on Hulu.
Ryan is repped by United Talent Agency, Management 360 and Ziffren Brittenham. His Australian agent is Independent Artists.
Deadline first reported the news.