ByKristin Lai, writer at Creators.co
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

Whether you recognize him from playing Kenny Rossmore in the comedy hit [We're the Millers](tag:7508), or Gally the dystopian young adult film adaptation of The Maze Runner, there's no denying that the young Will Poulter is making a name for himself in Hollywood.

Poulter's latest role in negotiation will take his comedic chops and make them take a turn for the dark as the nightmare-inducing clown, Pennywise. The Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) directed adaptation will be a reboot of Stephen King's classic horror novel turned TV movie, It.

While studio executives initially were aiming to cast someone a bit older (Poulter is only 22, after all), according to Variety, sources close to Fukunaga said he was so blown away by his audition, hiring Poulter was a must.

The story we all know, love, and fear follows a group of teens who are forced to face their nightmares against a monster called 'It.' The second part of the book features the group as adults who once again need to escape the clutches of 'It,' despite having forgotten their battle years prior.

Fukunaga's two films will separate the story into the past and present lives of the characters. The novel is about 900 pages long and, in true King style, is extremely descriptive.

Splitting the movies into two parts will (hopefully) lend itself better to the source material, delve deeper into King's story, and give it a new look. At least, that's the idea. Poulter is slated to play Pennywise in both movies, meaning we'll be seeing a lot of him.

True, Will Poulter has massive clown shoes to fill. Most of us grew up watching the 1990 Tim Curry version, which subsequently brought on a serious case of Coulrophobia (fear of clowns) in my house. That being said, the young English actor is not lacking in a broad range acting credits.

Poulter is currently working on Oscar-winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu's latest movie, The Revenant, alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, Domhnall Gleeson, and Tom Hardy.

It is set to start filming this summer.

(Via: Variety)

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