If one were to bet money on who could possibly defeat Pennywise, the self-proclaimed "eater of worlds and children," our first choice probably wouldn't be a group who like to refer to themselves as The Losers' Club. Nonetheless, we'll still be rooting for the plucky young kids when Pennywise emerges from the sewers on September 8, 2017.
Before then, take a moment to meet the cast who will bring Stephen King's loveable losers to life in the highly anticipated adaptation of the #horror maestro's greatest work.
Pennywise The Dancing Clown (Bill Skarsgård)
After Andrés Muschietti took over directing duties from Cary Fukunaga, Will Poulter's #Pennywise was replaced by Bill Skarsgård, whose previous screen credits include the Divergent series and the horror show Hemlock Grove.
The Skarsgård gene pool is undoubtedly talented — as both Bill's father Stellan and his brother Alexander Skarsgård have proved in the past — but Bill himself could turn out to be the most successful of all if he wins over #horror fans with his portrayal of Pennywise.
Speaking to Vulture about the role, Skarsgård explained that:
"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."
Understandably though, diehard fans of the story may be apprehensive about the upcoming adaptation, comparing Skarsgård's interpretation of the role with Tim Curry who brought the clown to life in the '90s TV movie.
Fortunately, Skarsgård has taken this into account, telling Entertainment Weekly that:
"[Curry]'s performance was truly great, but it's important for me to do something different because of that. I'll never be able to make a Tim Curry performance as good as Tim Curry... There's a childishness to the character, because he's so closely linked to the kids. The clown is the manifestation of children's imaginations, so there's something child-like about that."
The Losers' Club
Bill Denbrough (Jaeden Lieberher)
Best known for playing the lead in soon-to-be cult classic Midnight Special, Jaeden Lieberher is now set to become the leader of the Losers' Club, vowing to take revenge on Pennywise after the clown took his brother away. With both determination and an adorable stutter to match, Bill will step up as the hero of It.
Ben Hanscom (Jeremy Ray Taylor)
Jeremy's most famous project up to now was Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip, but that's all set to change as he takes on the role of Ben Hanscom in It.
Known as 'Haystack' to his friends, Ben is often bullied by Henry Bowers because of his weight. However, Ben's intelligence and mechanical skills make him a valuable ally in the fight against Pennywise.
Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis)
Playing the slingshot-wielding Beverly, Sophia Lillis is the only female cast member in the Losers' Club, but she has more acting experience than many of her male peers. She recently starred in the indie film 37 and a number of stage shows, including Julie Taymor's A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Richie Tozier (Finn Wolfhard)
Finn Wolfhard has become the most recognizable member of It's cast thanks to his loveable performance in the hit show #StrangerThings, which was in turn influenced hugely by #StephenKing's earlier work.
The Wheel of Ka turns full circle here now that Wolfhard is taking on the role of Richie Tozier, whose fondness for cracking jokes and using bad language can often land the boy in trouble. However, these skills could turn out to be remarkably useful in the fight against Pennywise, if Stephen King's original source material is anything to go by.
Eddie Kaspbrak (Jack Dylan Grazer)
Jack Dylan Grazer has taken on a huge commitment for his first studio picture role, bringing to life the frail and asthmatic Eddie Kaspbrak, a boy who only feels good about himself when spending time with his friends.
Mike Hanlon (Chosen Jacobs)
Chosen Jacobs may have only had a small role on the TV show Hawaii Five-0 so far, but the young actor's life is set to change forever now that he's taken on the role of Mike Hanlon, the librarian who reunites the Losers' Club after they mature into adulthood.
Stanley Uris (Wyatt Oleff)
Most famous for playing a younger version of Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy, Wyatt Oleff is returning to a fantasy world as Stanley Uris, a Jewish germaphobe whose logic and scepticism makes it hard for him to accept Pennywise's existence.
The Bowers Gang
Henry Bowers (Nicholas Hamilton)
After impressing critics with turns in Captain Fantastic and Strangerland, starring alongside the likes of Viggo Mortensen and Nicole Kidman, Nicholas Hamilton will leave his mark on cinema as the sociopathic bully, Henry Bowers, in the upcoming #ItMovie.
Speaking to Variety, actor Nicholas Hamilton discussed his role in more detail, explaining that:
"There's stuff that I have to do that is really creepy and the opportunity to help share my psychotic side has been really fun."
Driven mad by his father's abuse and the influence of Pennywise, Bowers is a chilling antagonist who puts the Losers' Club through hell, all with the aid of his very own gang. Watch out for Hamilton next in 2017's other huge Stephen King adaptation, The Dark Tower.
Patrick Hockstetter (Owen Teague)
Owen recently received rave reviews for his performance on the Netflix show Bloodlines, and will continue to evoke the darker elements of his craft as Hockstetter, a young bully who keeps the bodies of animals that he's killed.
Between his character's dark secrets and reluctant sexual experimentation with Bowers, Hockstetter will undoubtedly leave his mark on the film as an uncomfortably tragic villain who audiences will struggle to forget long after the credits have rolled.
Victor "Vic" Criss (Logan Thompson)
Last seen in a small role on the TV show Fear Thy Neighbor, Logan Thompson joins the cast of It as Victor Criss, the youngest member of the Bowers Gang. Despite his age, Criss is the only one who begins to question his leader's sanity, and becomes increasingly reluctant to follow his command.
Reginald "Belch" Huggins (Jake Sim)
Previously starring in Raising Expectations and The Magic Hockey Skates, Jake Sim is hitting the big leagues with his portrayal of Reginald Huggins, the physically strong bully who had already grown to six feet tall by the age of twelve.
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The cast for Andrés Muschietti's adaptation of It may be unknown for the most part, but this is actually ideal. Any preconceptions that audiences could have held over more famous actors aren't applicable here, but mark our words — Pennywise may be a terrifying clown used to performing for others, but it's the kids who will really steal the show here.