Will Poulter (“The Maze Runner,” “We’re the Millers”) is in negotiations to play Pennywise, the monster disguised as a clown, in the upcoming new adaptation of the Stephen King horror classic “IT” at New Line.
Cary Fukunaga (“True Detective,” “Jane Eyre”) will direct the two-film saga about a group of outcast kids who come together over summer break to take on the monster haunting their town.
Thirty years later, the adult versions of the characters must return to properly finish the beast whom has begun killing again. The property was previously made into a 1991 miniseries starring Tim Curry as Pennywise in a role that has become one of his most iconic.
With Poulter it seems the new version is going much younger, though older actors like Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn were also said to be under consideration at one point. However 22-year-old Poulter’s audition for the role reportedly blew away Fukunaga so much that he became convinced the young actor was the right choice.
Fukunaga penned the screenplay for the films along with Chase Palmer. Shooting aims to begin this Summer.