First look: Bill Skarsgard brings Pennywise back to life in Stephen King’s It remake
While his brother Alexander’s bare torso follows us around on every poster advertising The Legend of Tarzan, Bill Skarsgård is stepping into the spotlight, as the youngster has finally been revealed in his new guise as Pennywise the Clown.
The 25-year-old Swedish actor, best known for his role in creepy Netflix original Hemlock Grove, will bring the killer clown at the centre of Stephen King’s It to the screen for the first time since Tim Curry first disturbed our dreams back in the iconic 1990 TV miniseries. Skarsgård’s seems aware that he’s got some big shoes to fill (geddit?!), telling Entertainment Weekly:
“Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that. I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.”
Skarsgård also claims to have done “some clown research”. “I’m not sure if there was so much clown phobia before the novel. There’s obviously been this thing where people find clowns are unsettling, but nobody explored it the way Stephen King did”, the young star added.
Skarsgård will of course be stepping in for original casting Will Poulter (The Revenant, We’re the Millers), who was meant to take up the role of Pennywise back when True Detective‘s Cary Fukunaga was attached to direct the new remake.
Fukunaga has since famously pulled out of the project, citing creative differences with New Line Cinema, allowing Andrés Muschietti (Mama) to take over in helming the film.
So, what do you think? Would Skarsgård’s Pennywise stop you in your tracks?
Stephen King’s It is due in cinemas on September 8th 2017.