Do You Think Actor Will Poulter Can Do Pennywise Justice in the Remake of Stephen King’s ‘It’?

May 5, 2015 at 4:35 pm |

Any time Hollywood decides to remake a movie, they run the risk of disappointing millions of dedicated fans by falling short of the original film’s artistic choices, performances, and iconic status.

So when it’s announced that 22-year-old English actor Will Poulter (We’re the Millers, Maze Runner) has been cast as Pennywise the Dancing Clown (the most well-known manifestation of the shapeshifting alien It), one has to wonder what the studio is thinking.

The movie, which starts filming in June, will be directed by Cary Fukunaga, known for his work on the first season of True Detective.

Following the announcement, made yesterday (May 4), fans have proven to be skeptical. Who, indeed, could stand up to Tim Curry’s performance in the original 2-part movie from 1990? As if recreating a Stephen King novel didn’t come with such high expectations in the first place.

But for those in doubt, keep in mind two things. First, while Curry’s horrifying Pennywise the Clown may still haunt the dreams of anyone who’s seen the original film, there’s so much more to the monster than that one apparition. While the movie might highlight this form as It’s preferred way to present himself to his victims, if you’ve read the book, you’ll know that that’s not exactly true, and that the 1990 version failed to take advantage of all the awesomely terrifying ways the novel’s characters see It. This leads me to my second point: 25 years later, Fukunaga and his team will have the technology to create a much scarier movie, at least visually speaking. Hopefully this time around, Fukunaga’s 2-part film will show us the mummies, werewolves, lepers, ghosts, and aliens we want to see.

Even if Poulter is much younger and less experienced than an actor like Curry, who knows how much of his role will come down to being his physically present and on screen versus voice acting and using CGI? In fact, his bizarre looks and quirky mannerisms might just provide the perfect level of disturbance to the role.

So what do you think, will Poulter’s performance sink or… float?

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Does Tim Curry’s horrifying clown still haunt you? And is Will Poulter the right choice for the role?