Update: 'It' Finds Its Pennywise in Bill Skarsgard; Also Casts Jaeden Lieberher

Update: "Midnight Special" actor Jaeden Lieberher has been cast as the child protagonist in the film, who will lead the group that is terrorized by Skarsgard's Pennywise. Jonathan Brandis portrayed Lieberher's character in the original 1991 film.

Original story: "Hemlock Grove" star Bill Skarsgard is in final negotiations to play Pennywise in "It," a two-part film adaptation of Stephen King's horror novel of the same name. According to Entertainment Weekly, Skarsgard is in final talks alongside stars like Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor, who are expected to fill the roles of the central group of friends in the movie.

King’s 1986 novel 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 named Pennywise. “It” was previously adapted in 1990 as a television miniseries, starring Tim Curry.

“The Maze Runner’s” Will Poulter was originally cast as Pennywise in May 2015 , but scheduling conflicts led him to drop out of the film.

Although it certainly looked as if the planned adaptation of Stephen King’s “It” might be doomed following the departure last year of director Cary Fukunaga, the project is back on track with director Andy Muschietti. Warner Bros. and New Line have announced “It" will arrive in theaters Sept. 18, 2017.

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