There is hardly anything more frightening than clowns (except for maybe spiders and anything starring Fran Drescher). No clown is perhaps as scary as Tim Curry‘s Pennywise from the television adaptation of Stephen King’s novel It. I mean really, you got two of the most bizarrely frighteningly entities in one horribly combined form – Tim Curry and Clowns. You don’t get any creepier than that. Oi, just picturing Curry’s Pennywise say “Don’t you want a balloon? When you’re down here with me, Georgie – you float too!” sends shivers down my spine.
But I digress…
So now, take that enduring image of Tim Curry’s Pennywise and replace him with that awkward gawky kid from We’re The Millers. Say what?
In the new version of It, a two-film affair to be directed by Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) will feature a very different vision of Pennywise. This time the clown will be played by Will Poulter, of The Maze Runner, We’re the Millers, and Son of Rambow.
According to Variety, it was Will Poulter Pennywise audition that swayed the director away from much older actors.
The two films adapting the 900-page novel, which features a group of Maine kids encountering evil as children, then reuniting as adults to combat the bad force once more, will be shot at the same time, with one film primarily “focusing on the protagonists as kids and another focusing on them as adults.”
Casting concepts for Pennywise had originally aimed at older actors, but footage from his work in The Revenant had the team looking at Poulter, and Fukunaga was reportedly “blown away” by his audition for Pennywise.
As both a fan of Stephen Kings’s Novel and the TV miniseries in the 90’s I think this is an interesting choice. It was always going to be a hard task getting someone to fill Tim Curry’s Clown Shoes but I kind of like that they picked this younger actor and if there is one thing Cary Fukunaga does great , it’s casting great and getting amazing performances from them! I mean hell, the kids eyebrows are disturbing enough as it is.
What say you?