Stephen King’s It has now made the final and most important addition to the cast list for this summer’s production of the remake film. For those fans who have long thought that the project was going to maintain Will Poulter in the role of Pennywise, think again.
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The newest addition to the cast comes to you from Netflix’s hit horror series, Hemlock Grove. Some of you may remember Bill Skarsgard, who played the vampire, or more specifically, the “upire,” in that show. Well, now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Skarsgard is going to take on another horror book adaptation with the original horror maestro himself, Stephen King, as the killer clown Pennywise.
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The production for It was stalled when the original director, Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), pulled out of the project due to creative differences with the studio. He was later replaced with Andy Muschietti (Mama) and the project is moving forward with vigorous speed to get the movies ready for a 2017 release date.
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For those who are unfamiliar with Stephen King’s It, the story basically centers around a group of kids who encounter a mysterious presence in their small town of Derry, Maine. This ominous creature is killing children and they band together to fight back.
The evil presence takes the form a of a killer clown named Pennywise, also known as the titular character of “It,” and even though it is much more than just a clown, it takes that form so that it can feed off the children’s biggest fears. Pennywise also comes with a mouth full of razor sharp teeth and his predatory image transforms once the children get close to him.
It will take place in two parts. The first film will be about the children who make a devastating attack on the clown and the second film will be about the clown’s return, which it does every 27 years, and the grown up children come back to fight it again.
Stephen King fans can expect to see the film released in theaters on September 8, 2017.
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