If you’re still holding out hope that the upcoming movie adaptation of Stephen King‘s horror tale It will still be awesome despite the very rocky road it has traveled, then you will no doubt be interested in seeing the first official image of the new Pennywise the Clown.
Pennywise is the best known form that It—an evil being that torments children by taking on the forms of their greatest fears—takes on. Tim Curry memorably played the character in the ’90s TV movie adaptation of the book. A much younger actor, 25-year-old Bill Skarsgard, was cast to take on the character in this latest adaptation.
Get your first peek at the new Pennywise the Dancing Clown in the image below.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly about playing the character, Skarsgard said:
“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.”
He also talked about one of the main approaches to playing the character is having fun with it:
“It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
“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.”
Another good decision being made is to not try to re-create Curry’s performance, which would be nearly impossible to do:
“Tim 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.”
And what was Stephen King’s reaction to the new look? “It’s a scary clown. But to me they’re all scary.”
Part one of It is directed by Andy Muschietti, and the movie is currently scheduled for release on September 8, 2017.