‘It’ Reboot Taps ‘Hemlock Grove’ Star Bill Skarsgard to Play Pennywise the Clown

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After overcoming a handful of hurdles, New Line’s reboot of Stephen King’s “It” is back on track with a new face in the project’s most iconic role.

Sources tell Variety that “Divergent” actor Bill Skarsgard is the top choice to play Pennywise — the evil clown who terrifies a small town’s children — in the studio’s adaptation of the classic novel.

Will Poulter was originally attached to the project, but had to part ways due to scheduling conflicts. According to insiders, the studio was conflicted on whether or not to stick with a younger actor like Poulter (Skarsgard is 25) or cast an older thesp like Hugo Weaving, who was also considered for the role.

New Line recently announced the movie would bow on Sept. 8, 2017, with “Mama” helmer Andres Muschietti directing. Muschietti came on board following Cary Fukunaga’s departure from the movie last year, and quickly turned around a rewrite of the script.

The original King novel followed seven children who comprised the Losers Club. The studio plans two films, one focused on the children, and a sequel following them into adulthood when they return to their hometown to face the monster again.

Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing along with David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.

The role would mark the biggest part to date for Skarsgard, who is best known for his work in the Netflix series “Hemlock Grove” as well as the “Divergent” franchise.

He is repped by WME, Magnolia Entertainment’s Shelley Browning, Hirsch Wallerstein and Agentfirman/Planthaber and Kilden.

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  1. That says:

    Whatever, whoever. Just lose the stupid giant spider at the end that spoiled the entire book.

  2. Caligula says:

    already sounds bad-a young, inexperienced, marginally talented guy to play Pennywise? no nonononononononono

  3. Bookworm says:

    Leave it be DO NOT make these movies the story is not two parts it’s one story with how childhood ridicule and promises made these adults come back to the town they tried to save as part of the losers club. Sick of great Stephen King books being made into sucky movies!!!

  4. ITgal says:

    Pennywise will NOT be one of the children. Where are you even getting this info?

  5. guy says:

    So apparently in this version Pennywise will be one of the children as well? IT: Origins

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