Bill Skarsgård looks like a fantastic Pennywise in the new IT reboot. Judging by the trailer, he's going to scare the pants off of us as Stephen King's infamous clown and give us a worthy follow-up to Tim Curry's portrayal.
But the film could've been very different, because Skarsgård was far from the only actor considered — or actress. The producers have revealed they originally had #TildaSwinton (who played the Ancient One in Doctor Strange) in mind for the role of Pennywise in #IT.
During a set visit for the upcoming horror flick, journalists asked producer Barbara Muschietti about the casting process. In response, Muschietti said that their team looked at a wide variety of actors and actresses to fill the iconic role(s) of Bob Gray and Pennywise:
“We auditioned literally hundreds of potential Bob Grays or Pennywises and it was an amazing process. We got to audition people that don’t audition anymore and a huge gamut of talent; women, younger age, older age, we really went through the spectrum of actors.”
After she said this, one of the journalists at the press conference jokingly asked whether British actress Tilda Swinton was considered for the role. To their collective surprise, Barbara responded, “She wasn’t available.”
Since this was such a coincidence, the room apparently burst into laughter, but Muschietti was not joking:
“She wasn’t available. No, no I swear to god. She was not. We had a slot to shoot the movie and she wasn’t available so she didn’t even audition. But of course, we all thought about it.”
Personally, I believe that Tilda Swinton could have done an amazing job as Pennywise. The actress has a comprehensive history of playing male or andogynous characters and has truly crafted a great reputation in Hollywood.
However, I believe that Bill Skarsgård will be the best live-action Pennywise we have ever seen — and it seems like the producers believe that as well: As Nerdist reports:
"Bill came in and blew our socks off. Because he was doing his very own interpretation of Pennywise, very erudite…very very familiar with the novel and with Pennywise in the novel, which for us was a huge help, because we went in the casting process with the book in mind. I saw a lot of people ... but there was very few, a small short list, and Bill was on top of it."
Warner Bros' IT will cover the first half of Stephen King's terrifying and critically-acclaimed story as it will follow the children of the Losers Club in the year 1989. Part 2 will pick up 30 years later (which hints at a 2019 release date) and will follow the adults who are still being haunted by Pennywise's uncanny presence.
IT will release in theaters on September 8, 2017 and stars Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer and Jeremy Ray Taylor.
Would you be interested to see what Tilda Swinton would have brought to the table? Are you excited to see IT this September? Discuss below!