If the first glimpse of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise didn’t give you nightmares, the latest image (via Entertainment Weekly), offering the first look at Stephen King’s iconic villain in all his clown-costumed glory, just might.
Skarsgård is the second actor to play Pennywise — the character was first portrayed in live action in a 1990 miniseries adaptation of King’s 1986 novel. The new “It” film is also eyed as a series, with a sequel planned if the first one proves successful. This adaptation has been very publicly in development for years, with “True Detective” vet Cary Fukunaga once attached to direct.
“I think a great analogy is actually ‘Stranger Things,’ and we’re seeing it on Netflix right now,” Dan Lin recently said of the series. “It’s very much an homage to ’80s movies, whether it’s classic Stephen King or even Spielberg. Think about ‘Stand by Me’ as far as the bonding amongst the kids. But there is a really scary element in Pennywise.”
Also starring Bill Skårsgard as Pennywise and Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor as members of the Loser Club, “It” will be split into two parts. The first, which opens Sept. 8, 2017, will focus primarily on the Loser Club’s first meeting with Pennywise, while the second will center on how the children reconnect as adults and battle the evil force once more.
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