Ever since we heard the news about a remake of Stephen King’s infamous IT, the question on everyone’s lips has been who will be casted as the nightmare inducing Pennywise? Welcome your new vision of humorous horror – Will Poulter.
Speculations about who would play the clown no-one wants at their birthday party ranged, but there was never any hint from director Cary Fukunaga about who would be cast. Young, fresh and talented, Poulter has been acting since a young age and performed incredibly in both We’re The Millers and Maze Runner. Hopefully his portrayal of one of the most terrifying monsters of the novel and film world will do Pennywise the bloody justice he deserves.
Fukunaga (True Detective) wrote the screenplay for his adaptation along with Chase Palmer, and they will release IT as two feature films for New Line Cinema. He has also voiced that his new script will stay true to Stephen King’s original novel, whilst still giving the film a well-needed coat of face paint.
The story follows a group of misfit children that form an ever-lasting friendship over the summer holidays after they all encounter the sinister monster that prowls their small town. Whilst battling him, they also have their own demons to try and overcome. The story continues with the group as they become adults and venture back to their hometown to discover the friendly neighbourhood clown is still lurking in the sewers.
The original film was actually a mini TV series aired in 1990 that was released as a feature length film. Tim Curry (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) perfected the role of evil clown, with his twisted laugh and menacing eyes, but it will be interesting to see what Poulter brings to the character.
We’ll keep you updated with the latest IT news, but in the meantime, let us know what your thoughts are on this casting news.
Words: Zoe Rose Smith (@ZoeRoseSmitz)