With the R-rated It reboot underway, it’s time to face your fears and take a good hard look (while you cover your face and peek through your fingers, of course) at the new Pennywise the Clown.
The new Pennywise is now being played by Bill Skarsgård, who's taking over the iconic role in the remake from fellow twenty-something Will Poulter. Skarsgård spoke to Entertainment Weekly about playing the shape-shifting entity abd said: "It's such an extreme character. Inhumane. It's beyond even a sociopath, because he's not even human. He's not even a clown. I'm playing just one of the beings It creates."
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"It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt," he told EW. "What's funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it's funny."
You'll be far from laughing when you look at Pennywise here.
Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) was originally attached to It as a director and writer. After his exit, Andrés Muschietti (Mama) stepped in to direct.
Although It producer Roy Lee told Collider Fukunaga's script was rewritten, the film will still carry out Fukunaga's idea of splitting Stephen King's novel into two films. Lee said the first film will follow the group of friends fighting Pennywise as kids, and the possible second film would follow the friends as adults. In King's novel, he jumped back and forth between the group's childhood and adulthood.
EW reported the story would be set in the '80s instead of the late '50s setting in the novel.
It will scare audiences Sept. 8, 2017.