Following the recasting of Helmock Grove star Bill Skarsgard as the iconic villain, the first official image of the It remake’s version of Pennywise The Clown has been revealed, and yeah, it’s just as terrifying as you might think. Considering the concept art that director Andrés Muschietti teased several months ago though, it doesn’t come as that much of a surprise when we really think of it.
Skarsgard has some big shoes to fill with the role as well, which was made iconic not only by Stephen King’s book, but also with Tim Curry’s terrifying and pitch-perfect performance as the character previously. While speaking with Entertainment Weekly though, Skarsgard seemed well aware of the expectations he’s facing this time around:
“Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that. I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.”
Few truer words have been spoken, since despite some of the It mini-series’ flaws and dated aspects, Curry’s performance has managed to stand the test of time for understandable reasons. Skarsgard talked about playing the character though as well, who isn’t even really a clown, as fans of the book will know it to truly be just the favorite physical persona of a nameless evil entity living beneath a small town, feeding on the fears of its children:
“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.”
With that, check out the first photo of the character below as well:
I’ll give Skarsgard this – he’s certainly got the eyes down.
Unlike Curry’s version as well, which on the surface felt more like a child predator than anything else, the new Pennywise will be much closer to the age of the kids he’s terrorizing in the film, which not only makes him much more of a reflection of their fears, but also adds to the character’s villainous, playful nature:
“There’s a childishness to the character, because he’s so closely linked to the kids. The clown is the manifestation of children’s imaginations, so there’s something child-like about that… 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 report also confirms that the new movie will only tell a portion of the original novel, adapting only the time in the books when the characters are still children, with the door open for a sequel to finish the adaptation if the first film does well. That’s a commonly-used tactic from most studio projects these days though, and while the rest of the It remake’s fate is currently a mystery, especially with the beloved status of the novel hanging on its shoulders, it certainly looks like they’ve gotten that terrifying clown right.
The It remake is set to hit theatres on September 8th, 2017.
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