Monday, 18 May 2015

Will Poulter to play Pennywise in It remake

Pennywise the clown is arguably one of the most enduring horror images on screen, one of the evil incarnations of the demon that haunts a town in Stephen King's It. Now someone has been found to inherit the role from Tim Curry, who brought him so memorably to life in the 1991 TV miniseries. Now news arrives via Variety that Will Poulter (The Maze Runner) is set to play Pennywise in the latest adaption.

Cary Fukunaga (Jane Eyre) has been developing the planned two part big screen take on the story, working on the script with Chase Palmer.

While the exact details on the new version have yet to be disclosed, Fukunaga has said it will largely stick to the story of a group of outcast kids who must band together to battle the monster that has been bothering their home town, fighting their own demons in the process, reuniting to take the creature on again as grown-ups.

Poulter might seem like an odd choice given his relative youth, but he has been delivering great performances for years, and showed a darker side with The Maze Runner (2014). According to Variety, Fukunaga – who had been initially considering older actors – was impressed with his audition and the early footage of his work in Alejandro González Iñárritu's (Babel) The Revenant apparently shows an even more villainous side.

Poulter has recently been on our screens in Gerard Barrett's (Pilgrim Hill) Glassland, with The Revenant due on 15 January next year.

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