It’s been about a month since Bill Skarsgård was cast in the integral role of Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT currently in the works at Warner Brothers, slated for release in 2017. This morning, Entertainment Weekly gave us our first look of Skarsgård in full greasepaint—and it’s pretty wicked!
Stephen King’s bestseller takes place in two time periods, following a group of kids coming of age in the fictional town of Derry in the 1960’s, then picking up again with the same characters as adults in the 1980’s. The group is bound by terrifying experiences involving a demonic entity who takes the form of the balloon toting clown, Pennywise.
A 1990’s TV miniseries featured Tim Curry as Pennywise in a performance that’s considered quintessential. Still, even film purists should be excited about the upcoming remake, especially after seeing how wickedly awesome Skarsgård looks.
The actor told EW: “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. It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
Directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), the two-part film will see the first segment released on September 8th, 2017.
It also stars Owen Teague (Bloodline), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (Cops and Robbers) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man).