“How is it, being back in Derry?’’ Terrifying, by the look of “It.’’
On Thursday at noon, Warner Bros. revealed the first trailer for “It: Chapter 2,’’ the anticipated conclusion to its starry two-part adaptation of the spine-tingling Stephen King tome.
Taking place 27 years after a group of intrepid youngsters banded together to end the reign of evil clown Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard), the sequel reunites the Losers’ Club in haunted Derry, Maine, as they seek to destroy the monster once and for all.
As this first look indicates, doing so could prove fatal.
In the three-minute clip, a grown-up Beverly Marsh (Jessica Chastain, in the role played last by Sophia Lillis) visits with Mrs. Kersh, an elderly resident living in her father’s old apartment. Their creepy tea date — a standout scene in King’s novel — quickly takes a turn for the strange.
Flies cluster, a sure sign that once-defeated Pennywise the Clown is up to old tricks. Then Mrs. Kersh slips into an inhuman Pennywise smile and cheerily tells Beverly, “No one who dies here ever really dies.’’ But before Bev can so much as fit in a classic Stephen King zinger about how sometimes dead is better, things get much, much worse.
The trailer then cuts to some shots of the Losers’ Club making its way through Derry. “This meeting of the Losers’ Club has officially begun,’’ declares Richie Tozier (Bill Hader, taking over from Finn Wolfhard). Pennywise’s red balloons flood out from under a bridge, a grown-up Bill Denbrough (James McAvoy, playing the older version of Jaeden Lieberher’s protagonist) races desperately through a fairground, and the monstrous clown itself appears before a very doomed young girl to whisper, “Hello.’’
“It: Chapter 2’’ arrives Sept. 6.