Hot off the press, we have your first look at Bill Skarsgard in character as Pennywise in Stephen King’s It. EW landed the exclusive image you see below. We previously shared a look at concept art for the character sketched by director Andrés Muschietti and also brought you a fan-rendered mock up of what the character might look like. But today, we have the real deal and he looks mean as hell.
“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane,” Skarsgard told EW. “It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.”
Skarsgard will appear alongside Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, Sophia Lillis, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.
What we know thus far is that the project is shooting between the 7th of this month and September 6th in Canada. We also know that the producers are targeting an R-rating! The creative team says that their intent is to stay as close to the source material as possible. We previously reported that the California Tax Credit would be utilized by the production. So, while there are plans to shoot in Canada, it is expected that at least part of the feature will lens in CA.
Original director Cary Fukunaga departed the remake over budgetary disagreements with the studio. Andrés Muschietti (Mama) is now set to helm the forthcoming adaptation of the Stephen King tome, which is expected to be split into two parts. Gary Doberman wrote the most recent draft of the script with Muschietti. The film is currently targeting a September 8, 2017 release date.
The 1991 television miniseries and the forthcoming remake are both based on the Stephen King tome of the same name. No additional details on the upcoming project are available at this time but stay tuned to the site in the coming months and we will keep you apprised as more news is announced.