Hulu's Castle Rock adds Bill Skarsgard to Stephen King series

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:11 AM EDT (Updated)

Castle Rock has just added Pennywise the Clown to its cast. Well, not Pennywise the character per se, but rather Hemlock Grove actor Bill Skarsgard, who will star as the new Pennywise in director Andrés Muschietti’s (Mama) new adaptation of Stephen King's It.

Skarsgard is joining a cast that currently includes André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Jane Levy and Sissy Spacek for the 10-episode series, slated to air sometime in 2018.

Created by Manhattan’s Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason and executive-produced by J.J. Abrams, Castle Rock will weave in characters and themes from all those Stephen King novels that use Castle Rock, Maine, as a location; and although Pennywise’s name does appear in the reveal teaser, Skarsgard won’t be reprising the role for the new series. Rather, we’re told the actor will play a “young man with an unusual legal problem.”

Since Holland was previously cast as Henry, a “death row attorney who has a unique history with the town of Castle Rock” who happens to be the adopted, estranged son of Sissy Spacek’s character, Ruth Deaver, I think it's a safe bet to assume Skarsgard’s character (who I’m guessing will turn out to be a death row inmate) will share some scenes with the Moonlight star. Check out a description:

A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional Maine town of Castle Rock has figured prominently in King’s literary career: “Cujo,” “The Dark Half,” “IT” and “Needful Things,” as well as novella “The Body” and numerous short stories such as “Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption” are either set there or contain references to Castle Rock. As a series, Castle Rock aims to explores various themes and worlds, uniting the entire King canon, while brushing up against some of his most iconic and beloved stories.

What do you think of the cast for Castle Rock so far? In the meanwhile, you can catch Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown on the big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's It come Sept. 8.

(via Coming Soon)