‘Hemlock Grove’ actor cast as Stephen King’s Pennywise the Clown

Bill Skarsgård is in 'final negotiations' to star in a film adaptation of Stephen King's 'It'

Bill Skarsgård is being lined up to play Pennywise the Clown in a new film adaptation of Stephen King’s It.

The 25-year-old actor, best known for his roles in Hemlock Grove and Divergent, is in “final negotiations” for the iconic role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Skarsgård – son of actor Stellan Skarsgård, and younger brother of True Blood‘s Alexander Skarsgård – replaces British The Revenant actor Will Poulter, who had been in the frame to play Pennywise last year (2015) when Cary Fukunaga (Beasts Of No Nation) was set to direct the adaptation.


Fukunaga has since left the project, reportedly over creative differences, and Andrés Muschietti, the writer-director of cult 2013 horror hit Mama, has taken his place in the director’s chair. The story of It will apparently be told over two separately released films.

Created by Stephen King in his 1986 horror novel It, Pennywise the Clown is a demon who preys upon the local children of Derry in Maine every 27 years. He has a variety of powers which he uses for sinister means including the ability to shape-shift, manipulate and possess his victims. He was previously played on screen by Tim Curry in a 1990 TV miniseries.