New Pennywise Cast in Upcoming ‘It’ Movie

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New Line’s long-gestating adaptation of Stephen King’s It is finally going ahead, and the horrifying evil clown has been cast.

Bill Skarsgård, who plays Roman Godfrey in Netflix horror series Hemlock Grove, will be playing Pennywise, a role that was previously inhabited by Tim Curry in the 1990 mini-series. THR broke the news regarding Skarsgard’s casting.

If Bill’s surname sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the son of Stellan Skarsgård (Avengers) and the brother of Alexander Skarsgård (The Legend of Tarzan). Acting clearly runs in the family.

Will Poulter (We’re the Millers, The Revenant) was attached to play Pennywise when Cary Fukunaga was on board to write and direct It. Fukunaga, known for his work crafting True Detective‘s acclaimed first season and for his features Sin Nombre and Beasts of No Nation, ended up leaving the project over creative differences, and Poulter soon became unavailable when the studio delayed the film by a year.

Attached to direct now is Andrés Muschietti, who helmed the 2013 horror film Mama, which itself was based off a 2008 short film he wrote and directed.

The new It adaptation, to be told in two parts, will follow a group of individuals that are plagued by Pennywise, the troubling clown form this particular evil entity chooses to take on. The first film will tell of their experiences as children and the follow-up will see them confronting the creature once again as adults, coming together despite not being able to remember the first battle.

The first feature, also set to star Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor, will be hitting the U.S. on September 8, 2017.