The reveal of Bill Skarsgard as “Pennywise the Clown” in Stephen King’s book-to-film adaptation of It was one of the biggest posts of the year. Clearly, there is something about this vicious clown that draws attention and curiosity. I don’t know if it’s morbid curiosity or hopeful wishes but the overall response to his face and makeup seemed to be quite positive!
Now, director Andy Muschietti is going to test us again as there’s been a full reveal of Pennywise, including costume and, interestingly enough, a rather dirty smile. Complete with a more traditional clown outfit, Pennywise certainly looks like he lives in a sewer and has some rather awful hygiene issues.
Talking with EW, costume designer Janie Bryant explains that the costume, “…definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time.” To get this aesthetic, Bryant pulled from Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras, trying to instill the idea that the force behind Pennywise is older than anyone realizes, perhaps even ancient.
Creepily, Bryant says that the aim was to make Pennywise almost a child unto himself in this outfit. “There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”
Ultimately, the goal here was to make a Pennywise that prefers to hide. “It makes him almost like a shadow,” Bryant says of the costume.
Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Nicholas Hamilton, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor are the modern Losers’ Club, seven kids who are terrorized by Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard).
Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Owen Teague plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club.
Muschietti directs from a screenplay by Gary Dauberman and Chase Palmer. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.
“In a small town in Maine, seven children known as The Losers’ Club come face to face with life problems, bullies, and a monster that takes the shape of a clown called Pennywise.“