According to Variety, 22-year-old Brit Will Poulter is in negotiations to play evil clown Pennywise in Cary Fukunaga’s two-part film adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Pennywise was played by a middle-age Tim Curry in the 1990 It miniseries, but New Line reportedly wanted to go with a younger actor for the film version. Like King’s novel, the It reboot will be told in two halves; the first will follow a bunch of Maine schoolchildren tormented by an evil spirit, while the second will pick up 30 years later, when the now-grown heroes are forced to return home. Poulter will appear in both films, which means he is officially Hollywood’s newest “It” boy.
Tim Curry as Pennywise, and Will Poulter as himself. Photo: Green/Epstein Productions, Getty Images