A new image from the upcoming film version of Stephen King’s horror novel It has come online–and it’s scary. We see Pennywise the clown emerging from a sewer pipe, lurking like the terror he is.
Hemlock Grove‘s Bill Skarsgard plays the murderous clown in It. It is an adaptation of the 1986 King novel of the same name. There was a previous TV adaptation which featured Tim Curry as the diabolical clown Pennywise. Skarsgard told Entertainment Weekly that he’s going to take a different route with the character.
“Tim Curry’s performance was truly great, but it’s important for me to do something different because of that,” he said. “I’ll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry.”
You can check out Skarsgard as Pennywise in full costume and makeup here. Directing the movie is Andres Muschietti, who was previously announced as the director of the Shadow of the Colossus video game adaptation. However, that project has apparently not moved forward since its announcement.
Regarding Pennywise, Muschietti told Entertainment Weekly, “Pennywise shows up, he’s front and center, and he does his show. He has an act. So it’s weird all the time, and every little thing implies a further threat.”
It opens in theaters on September 8, 2017. In addition to Skarsgard, it features Steven Williams (X-Files), Javier Botet (The Revenant), Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things), Megan Charpentier (Resident Evil: Retribution), and Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special).
The clown horror story isn’t the only Stephen King novel getting adapted for film. Idris Elba (Pacific Rim) is starring as the Gunslinger in the upcoming movie The Dark Tower, opposite Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar) as the Man in Black.