Bill Skarsgård Warns That Pennywise Is "Really Going After It" In 'IT: Chapter Two'

The creepy first trailer for ‘It: Chapter Two’ has just arrived and if anything, it revealed to viewers that Pennywise may have gotten even scarier in the 27 years that have passed since the tween Losers Club defeated him during his last assault on their normally quiet small town of Derry, Maine.  Is it possible that he learned a few tricks in his downtime?  Perhaps, and according to star Bill Skarsgård, he might have taken a few cues from an unexpected source– his would-be victims!

In discussing Pennywise’s evolution, Skarsgård said:

“He’s been doing this forever really, so he doesn’t change in the sense that you would look differently. He looks however he wants to look for any particular prey at the time, but I do think there’s a change.  The arc of the first movie is that he, for the first time, experiences fear himself.  His last line — ‘Fear…’ — is him experiencing it for the first time, and he’s sort of shocked and perplexed and surprised. Like, what is this?


“He’s inflicted fear on his prey, and he’s very focused on fear, but he’s never experienced it himself.  Now he’s experienced something that he has been inflicting on others and … there’s a shift leading into the second movie.”

So Pennywise now has an even greater understanding of “fear” having now experienced it himself for the first time.  But bad news for his tormenters, the Losers Club, because he doesn’t like it!  He will no longer inflict fear to fuel himself.  This time, he wants revenge!

As Skarsgård continued:

“It fuels hatred and anger towards the kids, who will be adults in this one, so I think there might be an even more vicious Pennywise.  He’s really going after it.”

Skarsgård admitted that it took him a while after filming wrapped to let go of the “Pennywise toxins” that had invaded his mind and body while making the films.  “I was home, done with the movie, and I started having very strange and vivid Pennywise dreams. Every night, he came and visited.”

Luckily, that passed.  But with the film set to open in a few months, he may have to delve back into that mental state for just a little while longer.

Joining Skarsgård in ‘It: Chapter Two’ are James McAvoy and Jaeden Martell as Bill Denbrough, Jay Ryan and Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben, Jessica Chastain, and Sophia Lillis as Beverly, James Ransone and Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie, Isaiah Mustafa and Chosen Jacobs as Mike, Bill Hader and Finn Wolfhard as Richie, and Andy Bean and Wyatt Oleff as Stanley, plus Javier Botet, Will Beinbrink, Xavier Dolan, Teach Grant, Jake Weary, and Jess Weixler.

‘It: Chapter Two’ opens in theaters on September 6.


Source: Entertainment Weekly