AceShowbiz - Young "It" stars Jaeden Lieberher and Sophia Lillis are getting a pay rise after signing on for the 2017 horror hit's sequel. According to a source, the actors are set to double their salaries.
In a document obtained by TMZ, Lieberher, who played Bill Denbrough, banked $100,000 for the film, plus a $35,000 bonus. Lillis, who portrayed Beverly Marsh, raked in $65,000. For the upcoming sequel, both will double up, with Jaeden netting at least $250,000, plus bonuses.
In related news, Jessica Chastain is reportedly in negotiations to reunite with director Andy Muschietti and star in the sequel as a grown-up Beverly. Muschietti's filmmaking partner, sister Barbara, admitted last year they would "love" to have Chastain jump on board for the It follow-up.
They insisted it would be great casting to have the Oscar nominee portray an older version of Lillis' character as their features are strikingly similar. "I think one of the first things that we noticed when we saw Sophia come into the room was, 'My gosh, you look like Jessica Chastain,'" Barbara told Deadline. "It's a strange kind of connection but we will see."
"It 2" moves on 30 years into the future and revisits the kid characters as adults, who must return to their native Maine to tackle their worst nightmares once again.
The Muschietti siblings previously worked with Chastain on another scary project, 2013's "Mama", and the beauty offered up her sequel services in November 2017. "Of course I want to work on it... They're my friends," she told ScreenRant. "They're like my family. Anything that they're doing, I want to be a part of, so I hope we can make it happen."