Digitally de-aging actors is becoming more and more commonplace, especially as the technology continues to improve. Marvel used the technique quite well earlier this year while taking Samuel L. Jackson‘s Nick Fury back to the 90s in Captain Marvel, and come the fall, we’ll get to see Martin Scorsese‘s extensive use of visual effects in The Irishman where he reportedly de-ages cast members including Robert De Niro and Al Pacino for the first half of the movie. This latest case of de-aging, however, is a little different; It Chapter Two will de-age its younger cast members.
Here’s what director Andy Muschietti told Total Film (via Syfy.com):
“From the beginning, we knew that that would be part of the budget, the visual effects to address that,” the director said. “So we’re going to de-age the kids.”
There’s something about the idea of de-aging child actors in a movie that sounds absolutely ridiculous, but we are talking about an ensemble of teenagers. The first It film was shot in the summer of 2016. It Chapter Two went into production two years later. That’s a good deal of time for a young group of stars to inch closer to adulthood, so if Muschietti wanted to bring back his original cast, some sort of visual wizardry was going to be necessary.
That then begs the question, is it necessary? With a film like The Irishman, it’s tough to say before seeing the final product but in the case of It Chapter Two, given the nature of Pennywise’s attacks, it does seem as though it’ll benefit the full film. Pennywise returns to Derry, Maine every 27 years. One might think an encounter with Pennywise as a child would be impossible to forget, but that’s exactly what happens as the members of The Losers Club grow up and, in most cases, move away from Derry. While moviegoers might vividly remember the events of the 2017 film, having It Chapter Two flash back to the past in order to “reopen events,” as James McAvoy described, will further shine a spotlight on the incredible young ensemble and hopefully bolster their character journeys in the process.
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