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Stephen King’s It remake finds a new Pennywise and cast of kids to scare

Let's just say it's a bad day for Will Poulter

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    It’s been awhile since we’ve heard anything about Andrés Muschietti’s two-part remake of Stephen King’s It. The last we heard about New Line Cinema’s troubled production was back in April, when it was reported that the script was still being re-written, that producer Roy Lee secured the California tax credit, and that the film would be rated R.

    Now, the water’s running again and we’re hearing voices from the sewer, specifically some major casting announcements. It would appear that Muschietti’s found an actor to play Pennywise and, sadly, it’s not The Revenant’s Will Poulter. Rather, it’s Hemlock Grove star Bill Skarsgard, aka Stellan’s son and Alexander’s brother. What a talented family!

    If all goes according to plan — and let’s be real, that’s hardly the case with any King adaptation — Skarsgard will stalk the likes of Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor. Save for Beverly Marsh, there’s your Losers Club. Now, go and Google each name to figure out who could play their elder equivalent.

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    As previously reported, this adaptation will split King’s original 1986 novel into two movies. The first will follow the children being stalked by the titular shapeshifting monster, while the second will pick up decades later, when those same kids are confronting their same demons as adults.

    Speaking of demons, this project has definitely seen its fair share. This time last year, True Detective director Cary Fukunaga walked away from the film over creative differences, following a nice chunk of time devoted to writing and conceptualizing the screenplay. It’s still unclear how much of his vision, if any, will remain.

    But all ideas float down there in Hollywood.

    [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]

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