It: Chapter Two has been filming in the Toronto area for nearly a month with a new cast playing an adult version of the “Losers Club,” including Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader. As for Pennywise himself, Bill Skarsgard is on hand to bring the horrific alien clown back to life. In an upcoming interview with Collider about another Stephen King property, Hulu’s Castle Rock, the actor described how “surreal” it was to be playing the character again. Not only because he was working alongside adults this time, but also because of LeBron James’ 2017 Halloween costume:
“This time around, because the movie became such a phenomenon, it’s almost like I’m re-adapting myself. The character became very iconic. Pennywise became a star. You see Instagram posts of people dressing up or dressing their kids as Pennywise for Halloween. It’s all over the place. LeBron James was Pennywise. How surreal is that? So, it became this completely universal thing, outside of the thing. That’s not me. I can’t even relate myself to it anymore. And now that I’m going back and doing it, it’s such a bizarre thing.”
To be fair, witnessing LeBron dress up for Halloween as a character you helped create and make popular for a new generation of horror film aficionados definitely qualifies as being “surreal.” Then again, acting alongside the likes of Chastain, McAvoy and Hader — as well as fellow “adult” Losers Club members James Ransone, Andy Bean, Jay Ryan and Isaiah Mustafa — is pretty damn surreal, too:
“But off camera, I get to hang out with the entire adult cast now. It’s weird and it’s surreal because some of them are really big stars and they’re coming in to your thing. They’re stepping into the thing that me and Andy and the kids did. They’re joining the band, in a way. They’re excited, and I just had a lot of fun hanging out with all of them. It’s going to be a very different shooting experience with all adults, for sure, but it will be fun. They’re all really cool and talented people, so I think they will bring a lot to the table.”
Pennywise will terrorize moviegoers, adult and otherwise, yet again when It: Chapter Two drops September 6th, 2009.