IT Remake: Poulter will Play Pennywise for Fukunaga

Adaptation Of Stephen King's Novel

The Maze Runner‘s Will Poulter is in talks to play the killer clown Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga‘s upcoming It remake.

New Line’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel will be split into two films. Ben Mendelsohn and Mark Rylance were both considered initially to fill the role, but New Line apparently wanted to go younger with the Pennywise role. And Poulter reportedly blew Fukunaga away with his It audition. I’m gonna hold off judgement until I see it. The young actor has also recently done work in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s next film, The Revenant.

King’s popular book was previously made into a television miniseries, directed by Halloween III‘s Tommy Lee Wallace and starring Tim Curry as the clown in terrifying fashion.

The story is described on King’s official site as follows:

A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.

“True Detective’s” Fukunaga penned the It screenplay along with Chase Palmer and David Kajganich. The two-movie adaptation is due to go into production June. More as we hear it.

Variety