Will Poulter Is Clowning Around ‘It’

Every nightmare you’ve ever had is coming once again to haunt your dreams.

It was reported earlier today that actor Will Poulter, most recognized for roles in movies such as We’re The Millers and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is in negotiations to play Pennywise, the twisted, demonic clown in the upcoming film adaptations to Stephen King’s horror novel It.

Divided into two separate parts, It tells the story of a group of teenagers called “the Losers club” who band together to defeat a strange creature haunting them called “It”. Years later when the teenagers grow up, they have no memory of their original encounter with “It,” but they regardless need to team up once again to defeat the creature, this time taking the form of a serial killer clown named Pennywise.

Helmed by True Detective and Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga, It will be split into two parts, with the first part following when the protagonists were teenagers, and the second part to tell the story when they’re adults. The book was originally adapted into a two-part miniseries that debuted on ABC in 1990, with actor Tim Curry originally portraying Pennywise.

I haven’t seen the original television series, nor have I read the book. But from what I’m hearing both about the book’s origins and about the people slated to helm the projects, I’m definitely looking forward to this juicy piece of horror cinema.

As for Poulter, the 22 year old up-and-coming actor is making quite a name for himself. Besides starring in the 2014 science-fiction thriller The Maze Runner, Poulter is also slated to appear in the 2015 thriller film The Revenant, directed by Academy Award-winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inaritu and featuring a high-profile cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy and Domhnall Gleeson. Now he is signing on as the lead antagonist for one of Stephen King’s most highly regarded works It. If this doesn’t mean the guy is on the high road to fame, I don’t know what is.

What do you guys think? Do you think Poulter is the right guy for the role, or is him being cast as Pennywise fulfilling everyone’s worst nightmare? Comment below, let me know.

– David Dunn

SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly


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