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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?