Back when Cary Fukunaga was directing It, Will Poulter was set to play the delightfully evil Pennywise the Clown. However, when the director departed the ambitious two-part remake of the Stephen King adaptation due to creative differences, he actor followed shortly after.
However, with Mama helmer Andy Muschietti at the helm, the cast is finally coming together, and Hemlock Grove star Bill Skarsgard has now been chosen to play the demonic villain.
If that surname is familiar, it’s because he’s the son of Stellan Skarsgard (Avengers: Age of Ultron) and the brother of Alexander Skarsgard (The Legend of Tarzan). This role could very well be his big break, though it’s not the only major casting addition to have been made.
The kids have also been cast, and while we don’t know who they’re playing just yet, Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor have all landed key roles as the teenagers who form the Losers Club and battle the creature lurking beneath their town. The second movie is expected to focus on them as adults, though it’s unclear whether or not that will happen if the first movie isn’t a hit.
Stephen King adaptations have done much better in recent years, with 11.22.63 proving to be a hit, and the long delayed The Dark Tower finally coming together after casting incredible leads in the form of Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey (more