Here’s Our First Full Look at Pennywise, Losers Club from IT
Derry, Maine is a quaint small town in Stephen King’s IT where its missing persons record is probably higher than it should be. The cause? A very creepy, very murderous clown named Pennywise. Entertainment Weekly just released two new photos from the film, giving us a very clear view of the Bill Skarsgard’s iteration of Pennywise. We also get a good look at all of the kids from the Losers Club, whom the clown has chosen to terrorize next.
The creature who presents himself as a clown named Pennywise (Bill Skarsgard) is really a shapeshifting evil that lurks in the darkness of the sewers throughout Derry. But where it differs from every other fabled monster lurking in the shadows, it’s not exactly hiding. It sounds more like an enduring presence that no one talks about.
The challenge, according to director Andy Muschietti (2013’s Mama) is that the clown is so in-your-face. He’s not one for hiding. He’s more into entertaining himself as he scares the sh*t out of you.
“He is present. It’s not like one of those movies where you can hide the monster,” the filmmaker said. “He’s front and center, he does his show, and he has an act. He is a clown.”
“It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt,” added Skarsgard. “What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
Muschietti said that the key to bringing King’s most iconic monsters to life is acknowledging Pennywise’s eccentricities. “Keep it weird,” Muschietti said. “It’s weird all the time. Pennywise does things that make absolutely no sense, but they’re very disturbing because of the weirdness.”
The clown’s next target, and also his only threat, are The Losers, a group of misfit kids who’ve been neglected, bullied, or abused either by their own families or by other neighborhood kids.
For some reason, The Losers are the only ones who can see Pennywise and not give into its it’s terrifying sway.
“I have to live with my own fear, and I don’t really talk to people, so I don’t have to get hurt by them,” said Sophia Lillis, who plays the only girl of the group, Beverly Marsh. She is also being abused by her own father. Among the outcast boys, she still manages to find some hope.
Chosen Jacobs, who plays Mike Hanlon, said that all of the kids in the group are isolated one way or another. In Mike’s case, he’s one of the only black kids in all of Derry. “He grew up the outsider because of racial tension, which separated him. And that makes him really appreciate when someone says, ‘Hey, I like you for who you are.’”
The Loser’s strong bond may be their only fighting chance to rid Derry of Pennywise once and for all.