After several false starts, believe it or not, the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is currently shooting under the direction of Andrés Muschietti (MAMA). We’ve known for a while that actor Bill Skarsgård would be portraying the new interpretation of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, who was originally played by the great Tim Curry in Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 TV movie version. Entertainment Weekly has just revealed the very first official still of Skarsgård in full clown mode.
Those of you with a fear of clowns, we hope you can handle this!
“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane,” Skarsgård told EW. “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’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look.”
“Tim Curry’s performance was truly great,” explains Skårsgard. “But it’s important for me to do something different because of that. I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.”
The first of two IT films will arrive in theaters Sept. 8, 2017. This first one will focus specifically on the sections of King’s book from when the main characters battled IT as children. The second film will be about them reunited as adults to fight IT.
Pennywise’s creator approves of his new look! Since Stephen King has been a regular contributor to EW in the past, they reached out to the author for his thoughts on the first photo of Skårsgard as Pennywise. He replied, “It’s a scary clown. But to me they’re all scary.”
For all the details regarding the new IT film, head on over to Entertainment Weekly where this photo originated. Our own Joe Maddrey did a great write up on Stephen King’s IT regarding the differences between the novel and TV movie right here.