It looks like Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King’s It has a frightening new face….
Bill Skarsgard — best known for his role in the Netflix series Hemlock Grove — is in final negotiations to play Pennywise the Clown in the upcoming two-film adaptation of Stephen King’s It.
The movie directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama) will be split over two films and produced by New Line as they look to revamp the classic horror story from Stephen King that was also made into a two-part television movie released in 1990.
The project has undergone numerous changes including a version of the film that was set to be helmed by True Detective director Cary Fukunaga with Will Poulter cast as Pennywise, but the movie fell apart due to budget and script concerns.
Now with Muschietti in charge, Skarsgard looks to be the centerpiece of a cast that will also likely include Jaeden Lieberher (St. Vincent), Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.
It follows a group of kids growing up in Derry, Maine, who encounter a deadly evil force that takes the shape of Pennywise the clown, who haunts them both as children and then again many years later as adults.
The first part of Stephen King’s It is expected to be released in theaters in September 2017.