In fact, Pennywise, a grotesque clown who feeds on children’s fear, is so key to the tale that the casting for the new movie needed to be just right. What’s more, the chosen actor would also have to measure up to Tim Curry’s iconic, fear-inducing portrayal of the horrible clown in the original 1990 miniseries version of It.
So, after originally casting Will Poulter in the role of Pennywise, producers eventually settled on Bill Skarsgård to portray the nightmarish figure. This may have come as a surprise to fans, though; after all, although Skarsgård had had some small on-screen credits to his name by this point, the Swedish-born actor was nevertheless relatively new to Hollywood. And, as it turned out, the soon-to-be-star also had some doubts about his suitability for the role.
“Leading up to production, I was like, ‘How am I going to pull this off?’” Skarsgård told Hollywood Life in September 2017. And Curry’s legacy also left Skarsgård with many preconceptions to meet. “People were having opinions and hesitations and expectations that I am not going to live up to,” the actor added.