Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we have our very first official look at Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown in the new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It. What do you guys think? We approve. He’s definitely got the terrifying clown look going. There’s also an interview with Skarsgard, who open up about the villainous character:
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“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. It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look. 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.
“There’s a childishness to the character, because he’s so closely linked to the kids. The clown is the manifestation of children’s imaginations, so there’s something child-like about that.”
Tim Curry awesomely played Pennywise in the TV movie adaptation of the story and he was frightening as hell. When talking about what it was like to follow in Curry’s footsteps, the actor said:
“Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that. I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.”
It will be interesting to see what Skarsgard does to make the character his own. This image definitely got me more excited for what is to come. Andrés Muschietti (Mama) is directing the movie and the horror adventure will be split into two films. The first one will focus on a group of friends known as “The Losers Club” who band together to battle a terrifying monster who is killing kids in Derry, Maine. The second film is set 30 years later when the monster returns and the group of old friends come back together to try and destroy It once and for all.
The site confirms that the first movie will take place in the 1980s rather than ’50s, which is something I speculated about early on and I’m totally fine with that time change because I loved the ’80s!
It is set for release on September 8, 2017, and I’m looking forward to seeing and learning more about the film. What do you think of the new Pennywise?