We *almost* caught up with Pennywise in the 1600s.
Just last week, IT director Andy Muschietti revealed that an extended version of the hit film will be released on home video, containing approximately 15-minutes of material not seen in the theatrical version. Muschietti teased two scenes in particular that will likely be part of his “director’s cut,” and now we’ve got word on another that was left on the cutting room floor.
During an appearance on Variety’s “Playback” podcast, IT star Bill Skarsgård detailed a deleted scene that dug into the origin story of Pennnywise!
“There was a scene we shot that was a flashback from the 1600s, before Pennywise [was Pennywise],” the actor told the podcast. “The scene turned out really, really disturbing. And I’m not the clown. I look more like myself. It’s very disturbing, and sort of a backstory for what It is, or where Pennywise came from.”
Skarsgård continued, “That might be something worth exploring in the second one. The idea is the ‘It’ entity was dormant for thousands and thousands of years. The [flashback] scene hints on that.”
Earlier this month, Skarsgård expressed similar sentiments about the forthcoming sequel giving us more insight into who/what Pennywise is.
“It’s a different story but I’m excited to delve in deeper to the character as there’s more exploration for who Pennywise is,” he told Metro UK. “That’s where I want to go for the second one; to delve into the psychological and metaphysical spaces of this transdimensional being.”
We can only assume the aforementioned deleted scene will be included on the home video release, which doesn’t yet have a planned release date that we know of.