Bill Skarsgård Teases Vengeful Pennywise in It: Chapter Two

You can expect hatred and anger from the iconic villain this time around.

By Chris Morse

Fresh off the release of the official teaser trailer for It: Chapter Two, it's time to start talking about what to expect in the upcoming sequel, when the Losers' Club makes a return trip to Derry to confront a reawakened evil. Pennywise actor Bill Skarsgård recently spoke to EW about his reprisal of the role and offered fans a glimpse at what's the come in the new film.

For starters, the actor commented on just how much Pennywise has changed since the last time he appeared, 27 years prior to when the story picks up in the sequel. Being bested by the Losers' Club was something totally new to the villain, so naturally there is going to be something different about him when he reemerges, namely, he's looking for revenge.

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?

This new taste of fear might just lead to a much darker Pennywise, one who is driven by hatred, anger, and a thirst for revenge. Skarsgård had the following to add about how vicious he might be this time.

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. 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.

Given the nature of Pennywise as a character, the actor mentioned how this sets up the new film to explore this unpredictability to shock the audience. He left us with these final thoughts.

There’s a lot to explore. You can change him or make him whackier, but he’s not really bound to continuity in the sense that a normal character would be. We can explore his unpredictability now that we’ve established the character for the audience. We can still sort of shock them.

Based on what we have seen in the new trailer, It: Chapter Two is shaping up to be a good one and the above comments from Skarsgård only serve to fuel our excitement. You can expect more coverage on this film in the coming weeks and months, so be sure to check back often for all the latest.

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It: Chapter Two brings the Losers' Club into adulthood with James McAvoy as Bill, Jay Ryan as Ben, Bill Hader as Richie, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike, Jessica Chastain as Beverly, Andy Bean as Stanley, and last but not least, James Ransone as Eddie. It was also previously announced that Xavier Dolan and Will Beinbrink would be playing the roles of Adrian Mellon and Tom Rogan respectively. Bill Skarsgård is, of course, reprising his role as Pennywise the Dancing Clown.

The film will hit theaters on September 6th, 2019. Andy Muschietti has returned to direct a script written by Gary Dauberman. Both films are based off the 1986 best-selling novel It by Stephen King, one of his most notable works.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo

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