As we’ve been reporting throughout the year, a brand new adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is headed our way, in the form of a two-part feature film that will bring terrifying clown Pennywise back to life. Today the new face of the evil clown has been found, as filming gets ready to begin. Read on!
Variety exclusively reports that New Line and True Detective director Cary Fukunaga have found their Pennywise in young actor Will Poulter, who is currently in negotiations to play one of horror’s most iconic (and nightmare-inducing) villains of all time.
After considering older actors like Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn for the Pennywise role, New Line wanted to take a different route and go younger. In the end, the site says, Fukunaga could not say no after being blown away by Poulter’s audition for the part.
Filming on the re-adaptation of King’s classic novel is expected to kick off next month in New York.
The first of two films will center on the children being tormented by Pennywise, while the second will jump ahead in time as those characters band together to fight as adults. Fukunaga is attached to direct the first part, and this bold new adaptation is being described as “very scary.”
“I’ve been on this project for about five years,” Fukunaga recently said. “I had already read versions of the script but nothing felt right. Everybody tried to put too much into it, telling it from the perspective of the adult and the child in a two hour movie. It didn’t fit. So I decided to throw it all away and start from scratch.”
“This will be my first movie in the US and I’m still trying to find the perfect guy to play Pennywise. It’s really good to know Stephen [King] likes what we did. We changed names, dates, dynamics, but the spirit is similar to what he’d like to see in cinemas, I think.”