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Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel 

Veronica Walsingham
Updated November 10, 2017 1.4k votes 300 voters 4.9k views 16 items

List Rules Vote up the dark horse actresses you would love to see in the role of adult Beverly Marsh

With the announcement that It: Part 2 will be released on September 6, 2019, many fans are wondering who will play grown-up Beverly in It. Sophia Lillis’s performance as young Beverly had critics swooning, so the actress cast as older Beverly in It: Part 2 has some high standards to meet. Older Beverly, while smarter and more experienced, will have her own set of challenges and horrors to face, as Stephen King characters do. Set 27 years after the original, It: Part 2 show Beverly Marsh in her element as a fashion designer in Chicago. Unfortunately, Beverly is abused by her partner, much like she was by her father. Older Beverly, like her younger self, still has some demons (and clowns) to vanquish. The actress cast as grown-up Beverly will need to capture the balance of strength and vulnerability that Lillis so perfectly emulated. 

As if following up on a 15-year-old's outstanding performance isn't enough pressure, there are some hardcore Stephen King fans to appease as well. If these fans are going to take the time to do extreme makeup to transform themselves into Pennywise, chances are they are also waiting with bated breath to see who is cast as the story's heroine. Jessica Chastain has been open about her desire to play the older Beverly Marsh, and It producer Barbara Muschietti has stated she wants Jessica Chastain for the role of adult Beverly, so it may seem like the casting is already set. Still, there are plenty of other talented actresses - red-headed and non-redheads alike - who would be prime for the role.

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Amy Adams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 44

Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Kat Peterson, Merilynn, Jodi Melville, Rebecca, Katy Luke, + more

Not only does Amy Adams absolutely look the part, but this five-time Oscar nominee has the acting chops to pull off the meaty role of Beverly Marsh.

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Bryce Dallas Howard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 37

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Redheaded Girl in Audience, Victoria, Grace Margaret Mulligan, Fisher, Story, + more

Yet another redhead who looks the part, Bryce Dallas Howard has proven she has the ability to star in blockbusters with her roles in Jurassic World and the Twilight franchise.

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Isla Fisher is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 43

Birthplace: Muscat, Oman

Nationality: Australia

Characters: Bet, Robyn Devereaux Barsby, Shannon Reed, Vanessa Walker

As a redhead, Isla Fisher certainly looks the part. While Fisher is more known for her comedic roles, she took a dramatic turn in 2016's Nocturnal Animals. With her ability to do both comedy and drama, Fisher would make a stunning Beverly Marsh.

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Rachel McAdams is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 40

Birthplace: London, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Characters: Mary, Patsy, Allie Hamilton, Becky Fuller, Sally Garfield, + more

Rachel McAdams is famously known for her roles in Mean Girls and The Notebook, but she can go dark as well. McAdams's is much more than a simple love interest, much like It's own Beverly Marsh.

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Emily Blunt is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 35

Birthplace: Roehampton, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Characters: Lucy Markham

From her breakout comedic role as an overly stressed assistant in The Devil Wears Prada to an alcoholic divorcee in The Girl on the Train, Blunt has played each of her roles to a tee. There is no doubt Blunt could be a perfect fit for Beverly Marsh.

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Lauren Ambrose is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 41

Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, New Haven

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Maureen McKinnon, Jessica, Valerie Maxwell

After roles in Can't Hardly Wait and Six Feet Under, Lauren Ambrose has been flying under the radar. A return to the big screen as Beverly Marsh would remind everyone just how talented this red-headed actress truly is.

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Christina Hendricks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 43

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Joyce, Rhiannon, Sarah, Rachel Gibson, Karen Archer, + more

Throughout Mad Men, Christina Hendricks played Joan with equal parts vulnerability and resilience. Her talent for playing layered characters would help Hendricks nail the role of Beverly Marsh.

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Keri Russell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 42

Birthplace: Fountain Valley, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Jessica Feeny, Camille, Melody, Jane Mathers

Keri Russell was introduced to us as Felicity Porter, the young womqn coming into her own, in Felicity. Being that older Beverly Marsh is still a woman figuring things out, Russell is a great candidate for the role.

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 48

Birthplace: Cairo, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Catherine Miller, The Girl

Oscar-winning Jennifer Connelly certainly has the talent to play Beverly Marsh. Connelly's poise would also play well as Beverly Marsh, as she's a successful fashion designer when she's older.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 41

Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Maggie Gyllenhaal has a nice mix of indie films like Secretary and big blockbusters like Dark Knight Rises under her belt, but she has never quite broken through the superstar barrier. Playing Beverly Marsh would finally show Gyllenhaal's enormous talent to a wider audience.

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Jennifer Garner is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 46

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Billie H. Vaughn, Romy Sullivan, Nell, Jaime, Sydney Bristow, + more

No one does girl next door quite like Jennifer Garner, but she can be gritty, too, like her characters in Alias and Daredevil. Seeing an empowered Garner take down Pennywise would be quite the thrill for audiences.

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Leslie Mann is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, California, San Francisco

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Miss Foote

Considering just how much humor was in It, one can only assume the sequel will also being laughs along with the screams. That said, Leslie Mann's ability to flip from comedy to drama may serve Beverly Marsh well.

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Vera Farmiga is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 45

Birthplace: USA, Clifton, New Jersey

Nationality: Ukraine, United States of America

Characters: Lindsay Carson

Starring in The Conjuring franchise, Vera Farmiga is a horror movie pro. On top of that, this Oscar-nominated actress has that certain wise old soul vibe that young Beverly Marsh definitely had in It.

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Kate Winslet is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 43

Birthplace: Reading, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

Characters: Mildred Pierce

Oscar-winner Kate Winslet is no stranger to playing layered, complicated female characters. Considered one of the best actresses of her generation, there's no doubt Winslet would be able to play Beverly Marsh perfectly, as long as she goes back to her red locks she rocked in Titanic.

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Amanda Peet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 47

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Nationality: United States of America

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Underappreciated Amanda Peet has always brought a certain fortitude to her characters. Peet also plays characters who are seemingly "one of the guys," which Beverly Marsh is in many ways.

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Katie Holmes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Casting It Part 2: Actresses (Who Aren't Jessica Chastain) Who Should Play Beverly In The Sequel
Age: 40

Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Characters: Grace Fuller

The world met Katie Holmes when she played the girl next door Joey Potter in Dawson's Creek. Bringing this same girl-next-door quality, Holmes could truly encapsulate that certain accessible side of Beverly Marsh. Also, isn't it about time Katie Holmes made a comeback?

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