“IT’s such an extreme character. Inhumane,” says Skarsgård.“It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings IT creates… IT truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
As we previously speculated (in this article) the events of the films will be moved forward from book, which is set in both the 1950s and 1980s. The first film will instead take place in the ’80s chronicling them man characters as children, encountering IT for the first time, while the second film will be set in the present with the characters as adults having to face IT again.
Mama director Andy Muschietti will direct the films, the first of which will feature Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, newcomer Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales Of Halloween) as Stan Uris, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians Of The Galaxy) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0) as Mike Hanlon and Jeremy Ray Taylor (42) as Ben Hanscom as the younger versions of the story’s main characters, The Losers’ Club.