It: Chapter Two Casts Jay Ryan as Adult Ben

Auckland-born actor Jay Ryan, 36, has been cast as the adult version of Ben Hanscom in New Line’s It: Chapter Two, sources confirmed to Variety.

Ryan joins Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, and Bill Hader, who play Beverly, Bill, and Richie, respectively, in the sequel. Bill Skarsgard is also set to return as Pennywise.

It followed the first half of Stephen King’s eponymous novel, telling the story of a group of children who are terrorised by Pennywise the clown and forced to face their own demons to defeat him. “Chapter Two” will follow the second half of the novel, when the characters return to their hometown years later as adults to take on Pennywise once again.

The first film was a massive hit, grossing $700 million worldwide, including $327 million domestically.

Ryan can be seen on the drama series Mary Kills People, which had its second season premiere this month. He played Kevin in New Zealand comedy Go Girls, and has also appeared in Top of the Lake, Xena: Warrior Princess and Neighbours.

Original article by Justin Kroll, Variety, May 23, 2018.

Photo by Dan Hallman.

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Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Taika Waititi Portrait Wins Packing Room Prize

Sydney-based artist Claus Stangl has taken out one of Australia’s top art honours with his portrait of Academy Award-winning director Taika Waititi, The Guardian reports. Stangl won the packing room prize, a…