Barbara Muschietti, the producer on the highly-anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s It, has shared the first image of Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard as The Losers Club’s comedian-in-the-making, Richie Tozier. From the look of the bloodied hand in the foreground, it could be taken from the scene in which Richie and his friends make a blood oath together.
The first part of the epic two-film adap wrapped filming in Toronto last September, and is set for release on September 8th. It will focus on ‘The Losers Club’ – played by Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Wolfhard – as children as they battle the ancient evil in clown guise, Pennywise, with the second film depicting the friends reuniting as adults to kill off the entity once and for all.
Nicholas Hamilton plays bully Henry Bowers, with Owen Teague as his emotionally damaged partner in crime, Patrick Hockstetter. Creature performer Javier Botet plays The Leper, one of several terrifying apparitions sent by Pennywise, who is played by Bill Skarsgård, stepping into the role previously portrayed by Tim Curry in the half-baked 1990 miniseries.
Andy Muschietti (Mama) directs the film for which, it must be said, hopes are pretty high. It sees Stranger Things star Wolfhard again sent back to the ‘80s, bringing forward the narrative from the book, which began in the 1950s.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)