Okay, so a lot has happened along the road of a new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT. What was first going to be helmed by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga eventually landed in the hands of Mama director Andy Muschietti. And since Fukunaga left the project, so did its Pennywise, who was going to be played by Will Poulter.
Ever since it was announced that Muschietti was getting the nod, it left us all wondering who would then be playing King’s monster. And as much as it sucked to see Fukunaga leave the project (I’m still pretty bummed about that), the true star of a new IT adaptation was always going to be the guy who got to don the red nose, and thanks to THR, we now know who it is—Hemlock Grove’s Bill Skarsgard.
Unless you actually watched Hemlock Grove, there’s a good chance you’ve never heard of this dude before, which is exactly why I think it’s a great choice. Casting a relatively unknown actor in an iconic role such as this is a smart move by New Line, and I’m excited to see his interpretation of Pennywise the Clown.
As far as the movie itself, they’re (thankfully) still holding onto a two film arc, one that follows a group of teens called the Losers Club who defeat a creature called It. Years later, the creature returns, and the club, now adults, have to band together again even though they have no memory of the first battle.
What do you think of the casting choice of Skarsgard? Are you glad they’re going with an unknown actor for such an iconic role? Is it too risky? Let me know!