Bill Skarsgard to Play Pennywise in New IT

Written by Andrew Pollard Friday, 03 June 2016

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The upcoming two-part redo of Stephen King’s IT has had its fair share of problems over the last few months, but the remake has now finally found itself another Pennywise.

We’re the Millers’ Will Poulter had originally been cast as the terrifying clown when Cary Fukunaga was on board to direct the two-parter. Of course, Fukunaga departed the project and then further problems arose when the whole thing got delayed by a year. It was at that point that Poulter also jumped ship, meaning that there was a Pennywise-shaped hole that needed filling.

The Hollywood Reporter has word that Bill Skasrsgard has been brought in to fill that hole. The Swedish actor is best known to genre fans for his turns in Hemlock Grove and The Divergent Series. In addition to Skarsgard, the project has also found its young protagonists in the form of Midnight Special’s Jaeden Lieberher, Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard, Tales of Halloween’s Jack Dylan Grazer, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Wyatt Oleff, Hawaii Five-0’s Chosen Jacobs, and 42’s Jeremy Ray Taylor.

With Mama’s Andy Muschietti now on board to direct, the current plan is for the first movie to focus on The Losers Club, the aforementioned young protagonists, as they have to do battle with the twisted entity known as Pennywise. The second film will then focus on these youngsters in adult life, with them having to revisit the torment of their youth and confront Pennywise once more.

At this stage, this new take on IT has yet to be given a release date or official start date.

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