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Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård, of Simple Simon and Hemlock Grove fame, has been cast as creepy horror icon Pennywise the Clown in a movie remake of Stephen King’s It.
Will Poulter, who recently played Jim Bridger in The Revenant, was originally in talks for the Pennywise role, but had to drop out due to commitments to other projects.
Just like the 1990 miniseries version of the 1,000+ page novel, the movie will be in two parts. The first part will focus on seven children known as The Losers Club who are trying to escape from a monster who can shape-shift to fit their fears (primarily taking the form of Pennywise), and the second will focus on the lives of the same children when they have grown up to be successful, but still have to face their demons.
The new version isn’t a remake of the miniseries, which famously starred Tim Curry as Pennywise. Instead, it will be a fresh adaptation of the Stephen King novel with the script being penned by Cary Fukunaga, who directed and was executive producer on the first series of True Detective, and Chase Palmer, a writer known for Neo Noir and Shock and Awe.
The eras of both parts of the movie will differ from the miniseries, with part one being set in the 80’s and part two being set in the present day. The miniseries took place in the early 60’s and 1990.
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Bill Skarsgård, 25, comes from a family of actors. His father, Stellan Skarsgård, had roles in Good Will Hunting, Mamma Mia and Avengers: Age of Ultron. Bill also has four brothers who are actors, including Alexander Skarsgård who has been cast as Tarzan in the upcoming movie The Legend of Tarzan.
It has also been announced that Jaeden Lieberher of St. Vincent fame will play lead character Bill Denbrough in It.
It is scheduled for release in theaters September 8, 2017.