One door has closed for Isaiah Mustafa, whose series ‘The Originals’ has just been cancelled, but another has opened, as he has already moved on to his next high-profile project, Andy Muschietti‘s ‘It: Chapter Two’. Mustafa will play the adult Mike Hanlon, the only member of The Losers Club who didn’t leave Derry after the horrific events of the first film. Instead he remained behind and worked as the town’s librarian. In Muschietti version, he will also struggle with addiction as a coping mechanism to deal with the troubling things he has witnessed.
The adult Mike is the last of the Losers to be cast. Jessica Chastain was the first cast, to play Beverly Marsh, while James McAvoy will appear as Bill Denbrough, Bill Hader will play Richie Tozier, Andy Bean as Stanley Uris, James Ransone as Eddie Kaspbrak and Jay Ryan as Ben Hanscom.
Chosen Jacobs played young Mike in the first ‘It’ and all of the kids from the first movie are expected to appear in flashbacks in ‘Chapter Two’. Jacobs will also appear in another Stephen King-related project, the upcoming Hulu series ‘Castle Rock’, which also stars Bill Skarsgård, who played Pennywise in the first ‘It’ and is also returning for ‘Chapter Two’.
Jacobs announced Mustafa’s casting via Instagram:
Mustafa may be best recognized for being “The Old Spice Guy” from the commercials. He voiced Luke Cage on the animated ‘Marvel Super Heroes: What The –?!’ series and there was buzz at one point that he would actually play Luke Cage in live action, but of course that never happened. He has also appeared on series such as ‘NCIS’, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’, ‘Castle’, ‘Chuck’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels’, but ‘The Originals’ was the first show on which he had a regular role.
‘It: Chapter Two’ will open on September 6, 2019.