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Pennywise Has Been Locked Down in New ‘It’ Adaptation

Earlier today, we posted that “Band of Brothers” star Kirk Acevedo was in the running to play Pennywise in the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. However, it seems the powers that be have chosen to go down a different route as THR is reporting that Bill Skarsgård (“Hemlock Grove”) has been tapped to play the iconic clown!

The site reports that he’s in final negotiations to join the cast of the Andy Muschietti-directed picture. They’ve also revealed additional cast in the form of Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Finn Wolfhard (“Stranger Things”), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween ), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy ), Chosen Jacobs (Cops and Robbers) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man).

It follows a group of kids called The Loser’s Club and the aftermath of a tragedy that befalls one of them. The adaptation is being broken into two parts, the first of which follows the children while the second follows the characters as adults.

We’ll be seeing Skarsgård’s performance when It hits theaters on September 8th, 2017.



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  • thedragon803

    I kind of like the direction these new Stephen King adaptations have been going, lots of unconventional casting choices and it seems like the people behind this are thinking outside the box a bit. Not following their predecessors exactly is how we got remakes like The Thing and Scarface, along with sequels like Aliens and Empire Strikes Back. Hopefully the gamble pays off.

    • Khy

      Exactly. Horror/Nerd fans are always the first to bark at gambles or changes but some times they can definitely lead to something beautiful. I think when it comes to doing another IT adaptation, you have to think outside the box and try doing something new- otherwise what’s the point?

  • KSE1977

    Given that Tim Curry’s Pennywise has been lauded as much as it has, better to go a different direction here than have somebody do their best impersonation of his performance. I just hope that they find a way to properly adapt this beast. How such a great book can translate so poorly is beyond me. Perhaps I need to re-read it.

    • gabriel

      Yeh, I still hope Stephen King supports this thing like he did when Fukunaga was in charge

      • Khy

        I’m starting to really wonder if the new team behind it really changed much of anything- I’m sure they probably did some re-writes, added a few things to make it their own- but I have a feeling they largely liked what Fukunaga was going for and didn’t meddle with it too much. But who knows- I just find it odd Fukunaga was going for a younger Penny and now these guys went for a younger Penny as well.

    • Khy

      Agreed.

  • gabriel

    An androgynous It would’ve been cool. Neither male nor female.

    • pablitonizer

      I want a terrifying killer clown, not a hillarious drag clown

      • Khy

        It would STILL be a terrifying killer clown. IT, the creature behind the façade of Pennywise- is a UNISEX ALIEN after all that shifts and changes into just about anything…you people seem to keep forgetting that. Nothing “hilarious” about actually depicting that.

    • J Jett

      gabriel, i like that idea! having “It” be just a thing (so to speak) and not a male or female would/could make the creature/character come across a bit more disturbing (in a good way!) imo.

    • Jer

      Or, people could just accept that it’s a MALE role, written for a MALE actor, and stop whining about it. Suck it up, Buttercups.

    • Ian Barber

      Not sure if anyone’s actually read the book, but It is actually a female. Pennywise always appears seemingly male, but the actual monster itself is female as it does give birth in the book.

  • pablitonizer

    So Pennywise is 26 years old… don’t get why they insist on a young Pennywise, what’s behind that?

    • Khy

      Maybe it has to do with this vision of the story. We have to wait and see. I won’t knock anything yet until I get a better feel for what they’re going for with this movie.

    • Derek

      Makeup does wonders. Age doesn’t matter.

    • BEARisonFord

      Where was Pennywise’s age ever stated in the novel?

    • Artemur
  • Luan Penna

    Why so young?

  • Khy

    You guys should at least wait until you see the dude in full costume before you go saying no. Maybe there’s a specific reason why they want a younger version of Pennywise they’ll be explained in the film.
    At the end of the day I just want a good actor who’s going to terrify me. I couldn’t care less if that actor is 26 or 86- JUST SCARE ME.

  • jasonlives1986

    Going young with both choices shows a direction with the film I’m not sure about.

    However I will say this. This kid is 100% more promising than the last one they wanted.

    His older brother would of been a better choice tho

    • James

      Going with really young looking kids is a fantastic decision in my opinion. I’m glad they’re not getting older kids to play 11 year olds.

    • THGrimm

      Is his older brother Alexander Skarsgard? If so, heck yea! He’s awesome.

      • jasonlives1986

        Ya. He’s prolly way too tall and buff for the role but he’s a cool actor.

  • James

    I was really hoping for Doug jones

    • J Jett

      James i hadn’t read your comment when i posted mine but i too thought Doug Jones would have been AMAZING in the role of Pennywise! great minds think alike! 🙂

      • James

        I agree 🙂

  • Derek

    Interesting choice. I just hope Pennywise is just as violent as he is in the books. I want to see half clown/Creature From the Black Lagoon bite chunks out of kids, half clown/Frankenstein tear a kids head off etc. They can make the movie way scarier than the original to compensate for the lacking of Tim Curry’s epic performance.

    • Daniel Baldwin

      I’m pretty sure Muschietti said they are not using the classic monsters, but doing something different instead.

  • Khy

    Ok, So I googled the other actors and it looks like all of the Lucky 7 have been cast EXCEPT for the role of Beverly. Hopefully that comes soon.

    • Artemur

      You can get who s play Mike Hanlon and Ben Hanscom:)

      • Khy

        Haha! Those are the easiest to guess. But the other ones are a little harder lol!

        • James

          I’m thinking the kid from midnight special for bill and one kid looks perfect for Eddie.

  • Nice Marmot

    Why does everyone think Pennywise has to be a certain age? haven’t read the book in forever, but I’m pretty sure it never really specified a certain age. I’m thinking as long as it’s an adult with acting chops, then we should be fine here.

    • Lirabelle

      I don’t know about everyone else, but I think it might have to do with the fact it seems like clowns in general are usually above a certain age. I can’t remember ever seeing a younger clown in my life outside of kids at Halloween.

      That being said, I agree. If you get a good enough actor up there it shouldn’t matter.

  • J Jett

    i like Bill Skarsgård, so i’m fine with this casting as of now. let’s face it, NO ONE can outdo Tim Curry’s incarnation of Pennywise but hopefully Skarsgård will be a good fit. did they not try to cast Doug Jones in the role? i have no doubt that Jones would have come close to Curry’s level of brilliance playing the character.

    • James

      It boggles my mind they didn’t get Doug jones. He’d crush it.

    • So true. The only way this won’t completely flop is if they create a completely new persona and style for Pennywise using the book for inspiration and not the original film. They’ll kill it if they have him trying to emulate Curry.

    • Lirabelle

      Normally when people say no one can outdo the original actor in something I just roll my eyes…. but I’m kinda with you on this. Tim Curry was fabulous on that screen.

    • scott

      We all thought the same about Heath Ledger and there was an outcry over not having picked Robin Williams or Crispin Glover. The thing about this, though, is that it’s horror, and studios don’t give a crap about horror, so chances are you’re right.

  • Charlton

    Won’t believe it until I see it now. Will Poulter was cast originally and look what happened.

  • KennyThaKilla

    He was pretty good in Hemlock Grove, so this is casting I can get behind.

  • James

    Curious to see who they cast for Bev

  • Lee Van Queef

    Bill Yawnsgard McWhoington???

  • La Molcajete

    That guy was really bad in hemlock. Well hemlock in general was really bad but he didn’t help

  • Was really holding out for Will Poulter, what a shame.

  • Halloween_Vic

    And honestly he seems like the perfect choice, he did awesome in Hemlock Grove so I think he’s a good choice.

  • Joseph

    I think the legacy of the character and source material makes any casting of Pennywise interesting, and think they could have done a lot worse. I was always hoping Ben Mendelshon would take the role but it’s not to be. They have to get Pennywise right, obviously, but I think with the character and make up and knowing how they have to get it right Pennywise is always going to be done a certain way, whereas I think we’ll get a real taste of where they’re going with these movies when they cast the adult versions of The Losers Club. Expecting some casting news soon as it’s just over a year until release date, and hope it doesn’t get put back again.

  • tiago staurenghi

    Great choice for pennywise!

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