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Will Poulter cast as Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga's It

05.04.2015

Cary Fukunaga has found his Pennywise the Clown in the form of 22-year-old British actor Will Poulter. Best known for playing a virgin who gets a spider bite on his dick in the Jason Sudeikis comedy WE'RE THE MILLERS, Poulter has also appeared in THE MAZE RUNNER and THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE DAWN TREADER. He will next be seen opposite Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's THE REVENANT.

Pennywise was previously played by Tim Curry in the ABC mini-series based on the Stephen King novel. Curry's performance scarred a generation of children and Fukunaga is aiming to make his two-film version even scarier. The novel itself clocked in at over a thousand pages and ranks as one of Stephen King's scariest novels.

Fukunaga's two part IT is set to go into production this June with one part set in the 1950s and the other contemporary. No other official casting announcements have been made, but with only a month until filming, I would expect more announcements soon. As you can tell from the image above, Poulter does carry with him a certain appearance that is sure to look pretty scary in clown make-up. But with Pennywise able to shapeshift, who knows how many disturbing appearances we will see.

IT will likely hit theaters in 2016.

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4:21PM on 05/05/2015
Truly a face for radio. And acting for panto.
Truly a face for radio. And acting for panto.
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11:35PM on 05/05/2015
I think he's cute. I can see he can probably look terrifying if made up to be so, but he's not bad looking in my opinion anyway. He's got a unique look that I like.
I think he's cute. I can see he can probably look terrifying if made up to be so, but he's not bad looking in my opinion anyway. He's got a unique look that I like.
1:16PM on 05/05/2015

Out of nowhere but...

This is great casting, plus he matches a physical description of Pennywise with the large forehead and blue eyes. He's also got the sense that he could make a very happy clown and children would trust him, at the same time it looks like his smile could drop and twist into your worst nightmare!
This is great casting, plus he matches a physical description of Pennywise with the large forehead and blue eyes. He's also got the sense that he could make a very happy clown and children would trust him, at the same time it looks like his smile could drop and twist into your worst nightmare!
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12:02PM on 05/05/2015

Cool

Actually very excited to see this.
Actually very excited to see this.
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9:20AM on 05/05/2015

I Had No Problems With Clowns...

... Till this Pennywise muthaf*cker showed up in a made-for-tv movie. Now, all I have to say is "F*ck Clowns!"
... Till this Pennywise muthaf*cker showed up in a made-for-tv movie. Now, all I have to say is "F*ck Clowns!"
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2:45AM on 05/05/2015
Not bad at all. He doesn't even need clown make-up to look like a killer, it comes natural.
Not bad at all. He doesn't even need clown make-up to look like a killer, it comes natural.
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1:32AM on 05/05/2015
Hmm, interesting casting choice, got no issues with the kid either, was great in We're The Millers.
Hmm, interesting casting choice, got no issues with the kid either, was great in We're The Millers.
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9:23PM on 05/04/2015
He certainly got the eyebrows right.
Also, even though he's still young and weird looking I think he's a decent actor.
He certainly got the eyebrows right.
Also, even though he's still young and weird looking I think he's a decent actor.
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8:56PM on 05/04/2015
Set in the 50s and contemporary? If they're following the book then it should be 50s and mid- 80s. The mini series was 1960 and 1990. If they're starting in the 50s and jumping to 2015 The kids are all elderly by now.
Set in the 50s and contemporary? If they're following the book then it should be 50s and mid- 80s. The mini series was 1960 and 1990. If they're starting in the 50s and jumping to 2015 The kids are all elderly by now.
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1:14PM on 05/05/2015
The remake is set in the 80s. So we may get monsters kids from the 80s were scared of, and we may get references to contemporary monsters for 2016?
The remake is set in the 80s. So we may get monsters kids from the 80s were scared of, and we may get references to contemporary monsters for 2016?
11:24PM on 05/05/2015
Oh okay, it says 50's above but if it's set in the 80s that makes much more sense. Thanks for clarifying that.
Oh okay, it says 50's above but if it's set in the 80s that makes much more sense. Thanks for clarifying that.
7:44PM on 05/04/2015
I get him confused with the kid from Shamless (the red headed one....and no, not Debbie).
I get him confused with the kid from Shamless (the red headed one....and no, not Debbie).
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5:50PM on 05/04/2015
Loved this kid in We're The Millers....I have faith in him
Loved this kid in We're The Millers....I have faith in him
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5:42PM on 05/04/2015

Never understood the love for the Mini Series

Never a fan of the Mini Series It, by the time it had come out I had read the book twice and felt much of the story was left on the pages. Not just the gore and horror but also the history of the monster for me the mini series was disappointing. Tim Curry was one of the few positives of the made for T.V adaption but the It I had imagined was more terrifying .
I'm going too be a hard critic of this film but before I condemn a actor I'd like too judge it on a performance first
Never a fan of the Mini Series It, by the time it had come out I had read the book twice and felt much of the story was left on the pages. Not just the gore and horror but also the history of the monster for me the mini series was disappointing. Tim Curry was one of the few positives of the made for T.V adaption but the It I had imagined was more terrifying .
I'm going too be a hard critic of this film but before I condemn a actor I'd like too judge it on a performance first
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6:22PM on 05/04/2015
This. I've read the book 4 times. I loved Tim currys performance. But pennywise in the book always struck me as far more sinister and terrifying.
This. I've read the book 4 times. I loved Tim currys performance. But pennywise in the book always struck me as far more sinister and terrifying.
7:32PM on 05/04/2015
I didn't enjoy reading as a young kid (under 10). My dad did, he was a reader, he owned all the King books. My dad got me into horror at a very young age, explained makeup and how it worked. It took a solid horror flick to really scare me otherwise I appreciated the coolness of the FX and chuckled. I loved horror, was and is my favorite genre.

When I was 10 my dad recommended I pick a King book and try to complete it. I thought I wouldn't finish, no way, so I picked out the thickest one
I didn't enjoy reading as a young kid (under 10). My dad did, he was a reader, he owned all the King books. My dad got me into horror at a very young age, explained makeup and how it worked. It took a solid horror flick to really scare me otherwise I appreciated the coolness of the FX and chuckled. I loved horror, was and is my favorite genre.

When I was 10 my dad recommended I pick a King book and try to complete it. I thought I wouldn't finish, no way, so I picked out the thickest one thinking I would never complete it anyways. I chose It.

Anyone that's read It knows a few pages in Pennywise rips a little boys arms off. I was hooked. I needed help from my dad and the Dictionary (pre internet) and it took me a good while but I finished. Dad took me to rent the double VHS copy. I was bummed. The story was so fresh in my mind. It taught me books are consistently better that the film/TV counterpart. It was my first "adult" book, that I can remember at least. I'll always love the book.

I'm hoping the films are spectacular. Fukunaga's True Detective is some of the best TV ever.....It is in good hands.....get It.....I did It again. Once more.
8:03PM on 05/04/2015
Finally. It's refreshing to see some people who don't regard the miniseries as some holy grail. 'It' is one of my favorite books of all time, and I think the miniseries is dogshit. But most people defend it like it's some childhood/generation defining classic. It isn't by a long shot.
Finally. It's refreshing to see some people who don't regard the miniseries as some holy grail. 'It' is one of my favorite books of all time, and I think the miniseries is dogshit. But most people defend it like it's some childhood/generation defining classic. It isn't by a long shot.
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5:41PM on 05/04/2015
Well, that's ... unexpected.
Well, that's ... unexpected.
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5:19PM on 05/04/2015

Really?

If he doesn't at least act in the same ballpark as Tim Curry then this remake will suffer from it right? Pennywise is one of the most important aspects of the original movie. Maybe I'm biased because the first time I saw him was in We're the Millers, maybe I'm also biased because Curry supplied my childhood with a good deal of nightmares, but I really don't see him getting anywhere near Curry's performance. Always willing to be proven wrong. But I see this as a step in the wrong direction.
If he doesn't at least act in the same ballpark as Tim Curry then this remake will suffer from it right? Pennywise is one of the most important aspects of the original movie. Maybe I'm biased because the first time I saw him was in We're the Millers, maybe I'm also biased because Curry supplied my childhood with a good deal of nightmares, but I really don't see him getting anywhere near Curry's performance. Always willing to be proven wrong. But I see this as a step in the wrong direction.
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6:15PM on 05/04/2015
The only thing that matters is if it's a good adaption of the character of pennywise from the book. Not the movie.
The only thing that matters is if it's a good adaption of the character of pennywise from the book. Not the movie.
7:02PM on 05/04/2015
@MartyMcDoc I've read the book and thought Curry's interpretation caught the spirit of Pennywise very well. Hence why I used him as a comparison
@MartyMcDoc I've read the book and thought Curry's interpretation caught the spirit of Pennywise very well. Hence why I used him as a comparison
8:02PM on 05/04/2015
I love Curry's performance but Pennywise always seemed much more sinister, menacing and terrifying in the book. it never struck me as over the top or hokey or kooky the way Tim plays it. Sure Bob Gray does some over the top things but there was always this malevolence in the character that dipped a little darker than Tim's portrail
I love Curry's performance but Pennywise always seemed much more sinister, menacing and terrifying in the book. it never struck me as over the top or hokey or kooky the way Tim plays it. Sure Bob Gray does some over the top things but there was always this malevolence in the character that dipped a little darker than Tim's portrail
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5:10PM on 05/04/2015

I'm intrigued.

This kid has been popping up a lot lately. We're the Millers was okay, and The Maze Runner was a surprise... But his upcoming movie, The Revenant, could be a breakout role for him. I haven't seen enough of him to really be sold on him playing Pennywise, especially since it'll be hard not to compare him to Curry's, but I like that they didn't go with a household name... I can't wait to see more.
This kid has been popping up a lot lately. We're the Millers was okay, and The Maze Runner was a surprise... But his upcoming movie, The Revenant, could be a breakout role for him. I haven't seen enough of him to really be sold on him playing Pennywise, especially since it'll be hard not to compare him to Curry's, but I like that they didn't go with a household name... I can't wait to see more.
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4:59PM on 05/04/2015
This kid has some big shoes to fill (pun intended). However this surprising casting choice had me very intrigued. I like it.
This kid has some big shoes to fill (pun intended). However this surprising casting choice had me very intrigued. I like it.
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4:39PM on 05/04/2015

I'm confident in Cary's decision

Going younger with Pennywise should be [link] since we're looking at an almost entirely young cast for the first entry.
Going younger with Pennywise should be [link] since we're looking at an almost entirely young cast for the first entry.
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4:34PM on 05/04/2015
Wow- didn't see that casting coming. But I don't hate it.
Wow- didn't see that casting coming. But I don't hate it.
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