Jay Ryan to Play Adult Ben Hanscom in ‘IT: Chapter 2’

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The Losers Club has continued to grow! Well, the Adult casting for IT: Chapter 2 is.

Deadline has reported that Jay Ryan has been cast as the adult version of Ben Hanscom in New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. upcoming blockbuster, IT: Chapter 2. The younger version of the character was played by Jeremy Ray Taylor in IT, who will also be reprising the young character role in the anticipated sequel.

In the best-selling novel written by Stephen King, Ben has taken on a job as an architect – quite a successful one at that. Adult Ben is most notably known in the novel for going from being a bullied, heavy set kid to a rugged and handsome adult. King’s subtle way of showing that you never know who those kids you bully will turn out to be! I’m highly interested in seeing how they are going to be spinning this role for the film, and Jay Ryan is an absolutely perfect candidate.

The actor confirmed the casting on Twitter recently, ecstatic about his new role and to ‘Join the Club’:


The New Zeland native will play the role across from Bill Harder, Jessica Chastain​ and James McAvoy,​ who play Richie Tozier, Beverly Marsh and Bill Denbrough​. Bill Skarsgard will of course, be resuming his role as Pennywise.

Jay Ryan can be seen in the Global/Hulu drama series Mary Kills People, which just debuted its second season this month. His also recognized for his roles in Top of the Lake, Xena: Warrior Princess and Neighbors.


It: Chapter 2 will debut in theaters on September 6, 2019.

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Julia Valenti
Julia recently published her first novel, titled; Anomic. She has a B.A in Communications with concentrations in Professional Writing and Public Relations. She is also in the United States Army Reserves as a Military Police Officer, and is currently in the process of going back to school for her Masters Degree. Some of her hobbies include fangirling, writing, cosplaying with her groups 'Emerald Archers' and 'DC Cosplayers East', hiking and training her German Shepherd, Soot. You can frequently find her at conventions cosplaying as Black Canary or as Hawkgirl with her boyfriend, who does Hawkman and Bane. :)