To many, Tim Curry’s portrayal of Pennywise the Clown from the 1990 miniseries adaptation of Stephen King’s It is what they think of when they picture a terrifying clown (okay, all clowns are scary, but Pennywise is on a whole other level). As such, the new adaptation of King’s novel that is currently in production has a lot to live up to.

Well, this new photo, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, certainly shows that 26-year-old Bill Skarsgård’s portrayal of the murderous clown is going to haunt a whole new generation of kids and adults alike:

We’ve already seen a close-up shot of the new Pennywise’s face, but this is the first time we’ve seen a full-length shot. The most striking difference between Skarsgård’s clown and Curry’s is the costume, as the new Pennywise is decked in a harlequin-style outfit that is quite a bit different from the colorful, shapeless costume that Curry adopted.

“The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will,” costume designer Janie Bryant told EW. “He is definitely a clown from a different time.”

“The pompoms are orange, and then with the trim around the cuffs and the ankles, it’s basically a ball fringe that’s a combination of orange, red, and cinnamon,” Bryant adds. “It’s almost like Pennywise fades into his environment. But there are accents to pull out the definition of the grey silk. It makes him almost like a shadow.”

Here’s what the image looks like when the lighting is adjusted:

Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re just going to go sit in the corner and cry.


(Source: Entertainment Weekly)