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Here’s Why Bill Skarsgard Was Cast as Pennywise in ‘IT’

Much like the abysmal A Nightmare On Elm Street remake, New Line Cinema’s new adaptation of IT is going to either sink or float up from the sewers based on the antagonist’s performance. Much like Freddy Krueger stalked the kids of Springwood, Pennywise will do the same in Derry, Maine. Outside of finding a director, casting Pennywise would be the hardest decision in bringing the Stephen King story back to life.

Variety caught up with Andres Muschietti, who landed the lauded gig of handling not one but two IT films. The first task, casting the perfect Pennywise. Bill Skarsgard would eventually land the role, with the first trailers proving that he was a damn fine choice.

“I wanted to stay true to the essence of the character,” explained Muschietti. “I knew that I didn’t want to go the road of Tim Curry [who played Pennywise in the TV miniseries]. Bill Skarsgard caught my attention. The character has a childish and sweet demeanor, but there’s something very off about him. Bill has that balance in him. He can be sweet and cute, but he can be pretty disturbing.”

While he didn’t stay in character when the camera stopped, they did “try to maintain distance between him and the kids.”

He continued: “We wanted to carry the impact of the encounters to when the cameras were rolling. The first scene where Bill interacted with the children, it was fun to see how the plan worked. The kids were really, really creeped out by Bill. He’s pretty intimidating because he’s six-four and has all this makeup.”

The kids in peril, the Losers’ Club, include Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

Creature performer Javier Botet will play The Leper, and Nicholas Hamilton plays Henry Bowers. The cast also includes Owen Teague who plays Patrick Hocksetter, a bully who torment the Losers’ Club. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith, David Katzenberg, and Barbara Muschietti produce.

The film will be in theaters September 8, 2017.

Stephen King's IT Pennywise courtesy of New Line Cinema

  • Frank Gambino

    Still waiting on the redband trailer. The movie’s a month and a half away!

  • Grimphantom

    Leave it to Brad on bringing Nightmare on Elm Street remake……we gotta see this movie differently, not thinking over “will this guy do better than Tim Curry” It’s like the same with Heath Ledger as the Joker where everyone was judging if he will do a good job or lousy job because for many, Jack Nicholson’s Joker is still memorable but he came up with his own interpretation and it was good and recently with David Tennant voicing Scrooge Mcduck where we know that Alan Young is Scrooge but Tennant’s version is equally as good that may be as memorable as Young’s.

  • Darkknight2149

    Hopefully, because he’s scary as hell.

  • James

    Sorry but despite some obvious issues the NOES remake was not abysmal. While not the best, it was at least better than the original. While the original is unique, and started the series, it’s still pretty terrible and filled with some of the worst acing ever.

    • Vinnie Vincent’s Dead Dog

      Oh please, I’ve seen better acting in first year acting classes compared to the terrible remake.

      • James

        Still better than the awful original

    • Munchie

      Ha ha, good one!

    • Eastman420

      What? I hope your joking or you don’t deserve to write on here.

    • Buk Lau

      No that’s not right.

    • Frank Gambino


  • Vinnie Vincent’s Dead Dog

    It can’t be any worse than the god awful original film. There’s a reason the only thing people remember from the original movie is the performance of Pennywise the Clown. Everything else was just a sad adaptation of a masterpiece of a novel.

    • Munchie

      Thank you. It’s the worst piece of shit ever.

    • The reason people remember his performance is because it was amazing. The rest of it was leaps and bounds ahead of most other TV miniseries at the time. It’s still on the better half of the curve in terms of horror adaptations.

  • Munchie

    What the hell does this have to do with the Nightmare On Elm Street remake, like, at all?

  • MattyM

    I’ve mentioned this before, but is there a reason why Sophia Lillis is left out of your stock listing of the Losers Club? Almost every article I have seen about It on Bloody Disgusting includes the line “The kids in peril, the Losers’ Club, include Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor.” What About Bev???

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