variety.com reports that Will Poulter is "in negotiations" to play the evil clown, Pennywise, in the upcoming IT movie. The movie is not a remake of the mini-series so much as it is a retelling for the big screen.
Justin Kroll at Variety reminds us that the IT project is really two feature film. Kroll notes, "Fukunaga has been very vocal recently that the latest script will stay true to the King story while also giving the film a new look."
The plan is for the first movie to tell the kids’ story and the second movie to focus on the adults.
About Poulter as Pennywise, Kroll says that New Line originally looked at older actors like Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn to play the evil clown. However, they decided to "go younger" with Poulter. Why? Because Poulter rocked the audition with Fukunaga -- leaving the director unable to say no.
Honestly, Pennywise does seem like the role of a lifetime. What fun.
comingsoon.net notes taht Will Poulter, best known for his roles in The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Maze Runner.