The remake of Stephen King's IT makes a surprising casting choice for Pennywise

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May 4, 2015, 5:52 PM EDT (Updated)

It's pretty easy to get cynical about remakes, but the new, big-screen version of Stephen King's IT looks like it could be very interesting. The driving force behind is Cary Fukunaga, the insanely talented director who wowed us all with the first season of True Detective, who's been working on the project for years and serves as both director and co-writer. Plus, the plan is to split the project into two films, one documenting the struggles of "The Losers" against It as children, and another when they're adults trying to fight a resurgence of the creature, which gives plenty of room to explore the world laid out in King's 900-page behemoth of a novel. Now there's another reason to be intrigued: a Pennywise casting choice that basically came out of nowhere.

Tim Curry played Pennywise -- the child-killing clown who terrified a generation of kids -- in the 1990 miniseries adaptation of the book, and of all the challenges facing Fukunaga and company in re-adapting IT, finding the right actor to fill those shoes is perhaps the biggest. Fukunaga has already spoken at length about the need to get that casting absolutely "perfect," and based on a new report, it seems he has found his man. 

According to Variety, 22-year-old actor Will Poulter (We're The MillersThe Maze Runner) is "in negotiations" to play Pennywise in the duo of films. In case you need a refresher on who Will Poulter is, here he is in The Maze Runner:

So, yeah, he's really young, but picture clown makeup covering that very severe brow, and you can begin to see that he could actually be a terrifying Pennywise, despite being more than 20 years younger than Curry was when he took on the role. According to Variety, New Line (the studio producing the project) originally looked at older actors, then decided younger was the way to go, and Fukunaga was "blown away" by Poulter's audition. Despite how terrifying Curry was, it actually makes some sense. A younger, more physically energetic clown could draw in children in an entirely different, but equally terrifying way. Plus, Pennywise isn't supposed to be any particular age but ancient, so putting on a young face could just be part of his game. 

IT doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but what do you think? Will Poulter be a scary Pennywise?

(Via Variety)