After teasing the character’s look in the upcoming remake fairly steadily over the past few months, including a shadow-filled close up several weeks ago, Warner Bros. has officially released the first full look at Pennywise The Clown in their upcoming remake of Stephen King’s It, which is set to be played by Hemlock Grove‘s Bill Skarsgard in the film, a role infamously played by Tim Curry in the original TV adaptation.
While the makeup and face is mostly similar to the Curry version of the character as well, the clown’s hair looks notably more orange than the previous version’s striking red (though it’s hard to tell for sure), and the costume itself seems much more steampunk and doll-like almost than Curry’s straight up clown version was.
Check out the new look for yourself below though:
Both Skarsgard and the film’s director, Andy Muschietti, have teased the difference in Pennywise’s age in the new film than in the previous adaptation, with Curry’s version seeming much more like just a creepy old clown on the surface, rather than Skarsgard’s clearly sinister, younger version. Speaking with EW as well, Janie Bryant, the Emmy-winning costume designer responsible for Pennywise’s new look, Bryant talked about some of the inspirations and decisions behind the new film’s version of the costume:
“The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time. There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”
I know that some fans of the novel and previous adaptation aren’t happy that the remake will be putting a much more sinister twist on the character’s appearance here, taking away from the on-the-surface innocence that helped to make Curry’s version that much more terrifying, but I really don’t mind the look here. I think anyone aware of the current state and palate in the industry right now will be able to have a fairly clear idea of what this remake is going to look and feel like, and this costume seems to fit in with that modern, gritty vision that I think we all kind of expected it to be.
Skarsgard is an exciting choice for the role, and should be applauded for even trying to take on a role that was previously played by Tim Curry, something not many actors would (understandably) have the guts to do. Whether or not the new film manages to recapture the same terror and mystery of King’s original novel though, will have to wait to be seen.
I will say though, for the record, that if I saw this clown walking down the street, I’d know something was off about him, rather than Curry’s version, who would have just creeped me out for more normal, clown-related reasons.
The It remake will hit theatres on September 8th, 2017.
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