In this reboot culture of ours, everything has to be bigger and scarier than the original. Jurassic Park had a tyrannosaurus rex, so Jurassic World concocted a genetically modified beast made from the DNA of a T-rex, giganotosaurus, velociraptor, carnotaurus, and like 19 other dinosaurs. In the ABC made-for-TV movie It, Pennywise looks like what you see above, but in Andrés Muschietti’s It remake, the world’s scariest clown is a grinning nightmare.
That’s Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise, ready to haunt your dreams. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the actor (and brother of The Legend of Tarzan‘s Alexander Skarsgård) said, “It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane. 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.”
Skarsgård later added, “It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look,” a reference to either the original Pennywise, Tim Curry, or as hinted at by EW, possibly The Dark Knight‘s Heath Ledger. “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.”