New Sinister Image of Pennywise the Clown from Stephen King's IT
Here's a new image featuring actor Bill Skarsgård in the role of the monstrous Pennywise the Clown in the big screen adaptation of Stephen King's It. This is our first full body look at the character, and he looks dark and sinister. Just imagine that thing popping up in a storm drain and asking you if you want a balloon.
The costume design comes from costume designer Janie Bryant (Deadwood, Mad Men) who talked to EW about the design of the outfit saying:
“The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time.
“That pleating is actually Fortuny pleating, which gives it almost a crepe-like effect. It’s a different technique than what the Elizabethans would do. It’s more organic, it’s more sheer. It has a whimsical, floppy quality to it. It’s not a direct translation of a ruff or a whisk, which were two of the collars popular during the Elizabethan period.”
"There is almost a doll-like quality to the costume. The pants being short, the high waistline of the jacket, and the fit of the costume is a very important element. It gives the character a child-like quality.”
EW says that every part of the costume is "meant to suggest something both ancient and disturbed." When talking about the colors of the costume, Bryant says:
“The pompoms are orange, and then with the trim around the cuffs and the ankles, it’s basically a ball fringe that’s a combination of orange, red, and cinnamon. It’s almost like Pennywise fades into his environment. But there are accents to pull out the definition of the gray silk.”
It's explained that this version of the character was designed to "camouflage himself and strike rather than lure children with lively plumage." I really like the design of the character and the direction they took it. The real test will be seeing him in action.
When previously talking about the character, Skarsgård 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…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.”
There are two films being developed to tell this incredible story. The first one is set in the 1980s and will focus on a group of friends known as the "Losers Club" who band together to battle a terrifying monster who is killing children in Derry, Maine. The second film is set 30 years later in modern times when the monster returns and the Losers Club come back together to try and destroy It once and for all.
The movie is being directed by Andy Muschietti and it stars Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special) as Bill Denbrough, Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) as Richie Tozier, Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Stan Uris, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Eddie Kaspbrak, Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0) as Mike Hanlon, and Jeremy Ray Taylor (42) as Ben Hanscom. Here's a official synopsis:
Based on the novel by Stephen King, the film’s story recalls a promise made twenty-eight years ago that forces seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if IT should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to do battle with the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.
The first film is set to be released on September 8th, 2017. Here are a few new photos from the film that the director posted on his Instagram account: