Studio in talks with actor to play Pennywise in ‘It’ remake

5 May

Pennywise is responsible for plaguing an entire generation with Coulrophobia (the fear of clowns). The character is coming to the big screen for a pair of films, and we know the director’s first choice for the role.

Variety reports that Will Poulter is working on a deal to play Pennywise.

“True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga plans to split Stephen King’s original novel, into a pair of movies. I would ordinarily balk at the two film announcement, but King’s novel is 1,100+ pages and Fukunaga has pledged to stay true to the source material.

It follows the story of a group of kids who are outcasts, but come together one summer to take on a monster that has been plaguing their town.

Pennywise represents one of scariest characters ever portrayed on screen (as if communal showers weren’t scary enough in middle school)

Tim Curry owns that role. And now, they are turning to a young actor who is best known for his role in a YA Science-Fiction movie (Maze Runner) and a YA Fantasy novel (Chronicles of Narnia). Maybe Fukunaga deserves the benefit of the doubt–True Detective was ridiculously good–but, this is a big risk.

Look at this:


And now imagine this in a clown suit, and try to get scared:



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