'It' Remake Casts 'Maze Runner's' Will Poulter as Pennywise

"True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga has found his dancing clown for New Line's remake of "It."

Variety reports "The Maze Runner's" Will Poulter will play Pennywise, the creepy embodiment of evil from Stephen King's celebrated 1986 horror novel.

Split into two films, the adaptation tells the tale of a group of misfit children who come together one summer to confront the mysterious, shape-shifting monster that's plagued their town, most frequently in the form of a clown. Fukunaga wrote the screenplay with Chase Palmer.

"It" was adapted in 1990 as a television miniseries, starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. However, it wasn't until 2009 that Warner Bros. began its push to bring the decades-spanning, 900-page novel to the big screen. Variety confirms earlier reports that Fukunaga's first film will focus on the protagonists as children, and the second on them as adults (King's novel alternates between time periods).

Poulter will next been seen alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domnhall Gleeson in director Alejandro González Iñárritu's Western thriller "The Revenant."

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