Pennywise gets a new look for New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s IT
Few villains from the horror genre strike as much fear into the hearts and minds of viewers as the terrifying clown Pennywise from the 1990s TV mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s It. New Line and parent company Warner Bros. are currently adapting the novel as a two part feature film, of which the first instalment is due out next year. The project being directed by Andrés Muschietti (Mama), and filming is currently underway. EW have released a first look image of the character, commonly known as Pennywise the Dancing Clown, who will be portrayed by Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove, Allegiant). The actor had the following to say about his character:
“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.” He went on to add, “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.”
The original tv mini-series is now considered a cult classic, and starred actor Tim Curry in the iconic role. Little is known about how closely this adaptation will follow the source material or the original adaptation. However, there is certainly room to delve deeper into beloved Stephen King novel, which spanned over one thousand pages. Not unlike the original, the first of the two parts will focus on the children facing off against the evil clown, and the second will show the characters as adults, reuniting in an attempt to defeat the evil entity once and for all. The official synopsis is as follows:
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.
Also starring in the film are Javier Botet (Mama, The Revenant), Owen Teague (Bloodline), Jaeden Lieberher (Masters of Sex), Steven Williams (The Leftovers, Supernatural), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-O), and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man), among others. The film has been set for a Sept. 8, 2017 release date.
Image credit: New Line/EW