Will Poulter to Play Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga's New 'It' Movies

May 4, 2015

Will Poulter / Pennywise

Watch out Tim Curry. Over at Variety they're reporting that Cary Fukunaga (of Sin Nombre, Jane Eyre, Beasts of No Nation, "True Detective") has cast the lead in his new It feature, which will be split into two movies. Sources have told them that young actor Will Poulter, currently 22 years old, is "in negotiations" to play Pennywise the evil clown. Poulter last appeared in The Maze Runner as Gally, along with A Plea for Grimsby, Glassland, We're the Millers and Son of Rambow. He's also in the upcoming The Revenant, which we'll all be watching this December. Apparently the audition won over Fukunaga and they couldn't say no.

We've been following development on this It project for years, but with Cary Fukunaga bouncing all over between major projects after winning the Emmy for directing "True Detective", it's hard to tell if this was happening sooner or later. It now appears sooner might be the case. As for Poulter, supposedly "Fukunaga could not say no after being blown away by Poulter’s audition for the part and felt he was the right choice for the role." The movie is being split between young and old, adapted once again from Stephen King's book, the same the gave us the original "It" series starring Tim Curry as Pennywise. "The plan is for New Line to shoot one movie focusing on the protagonists as kids and another focusing on them as adults. Fukunaga has scripts for both ready, with Poulter appearing in both films, making him the star of the project." So it's a go.

This will be very interesting to see come together. I have faith in Fukunaga since he's an immensely talented filmmaker, but who knows what will happen when he's at the reigns of a big two-picture studio project. As for Will Poulter, he's an interesting choice. This is either his big break out or a disaster… only time will tell.

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Perfect choice. After seeing his version of the young Joker in "Gotham" I can totally picture it. He's a talented young actor.

Nathan Williams on May 4, 2015


Thank you I only glanced at the face. Now I feel like an idiot.

Nathan Williams on May 4, 2015


Dont feel bad I feel that way all day.

Brian Sleider on May 4, 2015


At least you have your good looks

TheOct8pus on May 4, 2015


Haha...the dangers of posting to a site that has core group die hard movie fans. We all been there.

DAVIDPD on May 4, 2015


Oo I was unaware that "IT" was being remade, gogo hard "R" or piss off.

Brian Sleider on May 4, 2015


That kid doesn't even need any makeup

TheOct8pus on May 4, 2015


Like Anderton said, Fukunaga has the potential to tease out a great performance from all the talent involved in this movie. IT was a legendary achievement in horror. Still, more excited about TRUE DETECTIVE returning soon...

DAVIDPD on May 4, 2015


This feels like a stroke of genius, he already has the eyebrows for the part. Fukunaga killed it with True Detective. I trust him.

Chris Groves on May 4, 2015


Ha! The first thing that came to mind when I looked at his picture was that his eyebrows could get sinister. I've never seen this guy before, but he seems to be getting a lot of thumbs up.

grimjob on May 4, 2015


good choice! one the of best novels of king onley the ending is prettyyy stupid!

ari smulders on May 4, 2015


I'm so excited for this movie. Tim Curry haunted me forever when I was a kid.

ragethorn on May 5, 2015



DaveLister_JMC on May 5, 2015


Haven't seen Anderton here recently. Was I being little too big of a douchebag to him?

Tuomas Lassila on May 5, 2015


No, not really, he is just no longer working for FirstShowing. New time, new places.

Alex Billington on May 5, 2015


Oh. Are you going to find somebody to replace him or will you be working all by yourself from now on? It could be difficult to run the news all alone.

Tuomas Lassila on May 5, 2015


Come on now Greeny

steve on May 5, 2015


He's got a good face for it.

Marcus on May 5, 2015



mike on May 8, 2015


Why don't they just use the same guy? It's not like we are gonna be able to tell how old he is with the clown make up and plus the original guy was really creepy,perfect for the movie.

Roxten on May 10, 2015


So glad to hear they making a new IT... watched it again a few months back and was thinking how better they could improve the special effects..Esp that spider at the end....

TJ on May 12, 2015

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