First Look: The New Pennywise In “IT”

A week or two into shooting on the two-part film adaptation of Stephen King’s “IT,” the first official look at Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the Clown has arrived with EW unveiling the image. The mag also confirms the events of the film will be moved upward from the source material – rather than being set in the 1950s for the kids and the 1980s for the adults, it will now be set in the late 1980s for the kids, and the present day for the adults.

Talking with the outlet, Skarsgard says: “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 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.”

The story forces seven adults to reunite in Maine where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children and killed the brother of one of them. Now, as children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return, they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more. The first part is currently in production and will be released September 8th next year.