First look at Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise in IT

We no longer have to wonder what Hemlock Grove’s Bill Skarsgard is going to look like as Pennywise the clown in Andy Muschietti’s IT because EW just shared the first ever look at Stephen King’s terrifying monster. And while it’s still a pretty big tease, we at least get to see his face and it’s menacing as all hell. Obviously it will be a lot more telling when we can see him in his entirety, but I really dig this first image and it’s the first time I’ve had hope for Muschietti’s adaptation since Fukunaga left the project. What do you guys think? Do you like that Pennywise looks younger and are you excited for Skarsgard’s take on the character?

In talking with the site, Skarsgard says, “It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. 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.” He goes on to talk about his approach to the iconic character, saying, “It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.

The film is being shot in two parts, 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. IT is out in theaters on September 8th, 2017.

The film also stars Owen Teague (Bloodline), Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (Cops and Robbers) and Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ant-Man).