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Bill Skarsgard to play Pennywise the Clown in Stephen King's It

Bill Skarsgard

Story by Jack Foley

HEMLOCK Grove star Bill Skarsgard is to play iconic horror creation Pennywise the Clown in a new adaptation of Stephen King’s landmark novel It.

He will join St. Vincent actor Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor in the film, which is being directed by Mama helmer Andy Muschietti.

The story follows a group of teens called the Losers Club who defeat a creature called It.

Years later, the creature returns and the former club members, now adults, have to reunite to battle him once again even though they have no memory of the first battle.

New Line plans to tell the story in two films, with the first being the kids’ story and the second moving forward to focus on the adults.

Pennywise is the form the evil entity frequently takes – a clown who, when he smiles, reveals a set of killer teeth.

The project was originally to be directed by Cary Fukunaga, who departed over creative differences. In that form, it would have starred British actor Will Poulter in the role of Pennywise.

However, the search for a new director pushed the movie by a year and Poulter was no longer available.

Skarsgard is the son of Stellan Skarsgard and the brother of Alexander Skarsgard, who will shortly be seen in Warner Bros.’ Legend of Tarzan.

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