Stephen King's It has found its Pennywise the Clown

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Jun 2, 2016, 6:00 PM EDT

There’s a new Pennywise in town. New Line’s upcoming big-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s It has found its iconic villain in Hemlock Grove actor Bill Skarsgard.

If the name sounds familiar, it's because Bill Skarsgard is the son of Stellan Skarsgard, who plays Erik Selveig in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the younger brother of True Blood and Legend of Tarzan star Alexander Skarsgard.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Skarsgard is in final negotiations to star as Pennywise the Clown in director Andy Muschietti’s (Mama) horror film. He will join a cast that includes Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

It follows the story of a group of misfit kids called the Losers Club who are terrorized by and ultimately defeat a creature called "It" who often takes the form of a clown with some pretty scary razor teeth called Pennywise. Years later, the creature returns when they are now adults and they must band together in order to defeat "It" again, even though they have no memory of their first battle with the evil creature.

The movie will be told in two parts, with the first one following the kids' story while the second will focus on the adults. Cary Fukunaga was originally set to helm the project but left over creative differences while Will Poulter (The Revenant) had been cast as Pennywise. The search for a new director led to the movie being pushed back a year, and by then Poulter was no longer available.

As some of you may recall, Stephen King’s story was adapted as a miniseries back in 1990, with Tim Curry freaking everybody out as Pennywise the Clown. It also starred John Ritter, Harry Anderson, Richard Masur, Tim Reid, Annette O'Toole, Richard Thomas, Olivia Hussey, Dennis Christophe and Michael Cole.

Stephen King's It is slated for a Sept. 8, 2017, release. What do you think of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown?


(via THR)