The long-in-the-works remake of ‘IT’ rears its ugly head again, with THR bringing word that ‘Hemlock Grove’ actor Bill Skarsgård has nabbed the role of Stephen King’s iconic villain Pennywise the Clown.

Based on the 1986 landmark novel by King, the story tells of a group of outcast kids known as “The Loser Club” who fight an evil demon who poses as a child-killing clown. 30 years later, they are called back to fight the sadistic and wisecracking clown once again.

Additionally, the trade revealed that the young cast will include Jaeden Lieberher (‘Midnight Special,’ ‘St. Vincent’), Finn Wolfhard (‘Stranger Things’), Wyatt Oleff (‘Guardians of the Galaxy’), Jack Dylan Grazer (‘Tales of Halloween’), Jeremy Ray Taylor (‘Ant-Man’), and Chosen Jacobs (‘Cops and Robbers’).

‘Mama’ writer-director Andy Muschietti is behind the camera for the adaptation, which is being told in two parts, the first of which follows the young children while the second part catches up with them as adults.

  • filmbuff2011

    Hmm… The 1990 TV movie was a memorable part of my childhood and the Stephen King book is one of my favourites. It will be hard to top Tim Curry’s performance as Pennywise. Hopefully, the new version will improve on the visual representation of IT. The idea of a giant spider-type creature never really worked in the TV movie (or the book).