It, a novel written by Stephen King first published in 1986 about killer clowns and childhood sex pacts (seriously, look it up) is currently being adapted into a film. Directed by Andy Muchietti, the new adaptation is currently filming, which means it was only a matter of time before the first shots of the new Pennywise played by Bill Skarsgård was released.
We all remember being suitably horrified by Tim Curry’s rendition of the dancing clown from the 1990 TV movie, but judging by the first image released by Entertainment Weekly, the new Pennywise looks quite terrifying as well.
I don’t really want to get into any deep analysis of Pennywise’s new design because it’s hard to look at it for more than five seconds, but fortunately, we have a quote from Skarsgård himself to help explain what it’s like to play Pennywise and why he’s such a horrifying character:
“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.
It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
Understandably, Skarsgård also mentioned that the character designers went out of their way to differentiate the new Pennywise from Curry’s interpretation of the character:
“Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that. I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.
It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look.”
It is slated for release later next year. This GIF pretty much encapsulates how I feel about that: