If you’ve ever watched We’re the Millers on HBO and thought, Damn, that dopey kid could probably play one evil clown, you’re not alone. New Line Cinema and director Cary Fukunaga would agree with you, and that’s why they’re trying to lock down star Will Poulter to play Pennywise for their two-part reimagining of Stephen King’s It.
As Variety reports, New Line considered older actors like Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn, but ultimately decided to go with someone younger. Fukunaga apparently “could not say no” after seeing Poulter’s audition. Mind you, the role was previously played by one freaky, lean, fortysomething Tim Curry.
King’s original 1986 novel spans 1,138 pages and follows a group of teenage outcasts in Maine dubbed The Losers Club. After defeating the titular shapeshifting monster in their childhood, the teens grow up only to discover “It” has re-emerged from the sewers. Together, they must reunite to take down the evil entity once and for all.
As previously reported, Fukunaga penned the King-approved screenplay alongside Chase Palmer, which will warrant two films that will focus on the protagonists’ teen years and then finally the reunion. Dan Lin and Roy Lee will produce alongside KatzSmith’s Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg. Production begins this summer.
In related news, King’s The Dark Tower series was recently picked up by Sony and MRC, while Hulu is currently adapting his exceptional 2011 novella, 11/22/63. This is why we implore that the studios consider a cinematic universe.