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See the first image of Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise

After Tim Curry's iconic turn in the 1990 miniseries, 'It' is back.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Published Jul 14, 2016   Updated May 26, 2021, 11:15 am CDT

One of the most iconic monsters of the horror genre is back, and fans are passing judgment.

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Stephen King‘s It received its first screen adaptation 1990, and next year it’s getting  a modern remake. Starring Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise the clown (who, as fans know, is not really a clown at all), the new film is in production with director Andrés Muschietti (Mama).

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Entertainment Weekly just revealed the first image of the new Pennywise, and Bill Skarsgard’s transformation is stunning. So much for those earlier concerns about casting a sexy young Pennywise.

In the 1990 adaptation, Tim Curry starred as the demonic Pennywise, a disturbing entity who preys on the fears of citizens in small-town Maine.

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Thanks to the iconic status of Curry’s performance, 25-year-old Skarsgard faces an uphill battle to win over fans of the original. Luckily, people seem excited about being terrified all over again. 

Is a new generation ready to face Pennywise?

Sorry, that was a trick question. No one is ever truly ready for It.

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*First Published: Jul 14, 2016, 7:39 am CDT