Divergent actor Bill Skarsgard is reportedly in final talks to star as Pennywise the Clown in New Line’s adaptation of IT, based on the iconic horror novel by Stephen King. Andy Muschietti will direct, taking over for Cary Fukunaga, who departed the project last year. Gary Dauberman has written the most recent draft of the script.
The novel follows seven children who are haunted by a strange being that exploits the fears and phobias of its victims in order to disguise itself while hunting its prey. The monster often appears in the form of a clown in order to attract children.
The film is expected to be split into two parts: the first following the lives of the seven children who comprise the Losers Club, and the second following them as adults who return to their hometown to face the monster again. The first part is expected to hit theaters on September 8th, 2017.
Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing alongside David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.
Sarsgard, in addition to the Divergent series, is perhaps best known for his role in Netflix’s Hemlock Grove.
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This news was first reported by Variety.