First Look at Pennywise the Clown in Stephen King’s It


Posted July 13, 2016 by

Well, this is hella creepy. Entertainment Weekly has revealed the first look at Pennywise the Clown (played by Bill Skarsgård) in the upcoming film adaptation of Stephen King’s It. The character remains faithful to the scary clown image that the 1986 horror novel conjured up in our minds. Check it out:

Pennywise the Clown in Stephen King's 'It'
Image Credit: Marco Grob

EW also interviewed Skarsgård, who had this to say:

“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. 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. It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look. It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.

“There’s a childishness to the character, because he’s so closely linked to the kids. The clown is the manifestation of children’s imaginations, so there’s something child-like about that.”

Pennywise the Dancing Clown was originally played in terrifying fashion by Tim Curry in the 1990 TV mini-series. “Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that,” Skarsgard explained. “I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.”

Novel plot synopsis:

It follows the exploits of seven children as they are terrorized by the eponymous being, which exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey.

Andrés Muschietti (Mama) directs the two-part horror series, which is set in the 1980’s. The first installment centers around on a group of friends called “The Losers Club” who band together to battle a terrifying monster who is killing kids in Derry, Maine. The second film takes place 30 years later when the killer returns and must be destroyed once and for all.

is set for release on September 8, 2017.

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