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Bill Skarsgård will return as Pennywise in ‘It’ prequel series

June 1st, 2024

HBO Max‘s It prequel series Welcome To Derry has scored its Pennywise – and it’s a returning Bill Skarsgård.

Skarsgård, who famously donned the clown makeup in 2017’s It and 2019’s It: Chapter Two, has been confirmed to reprise his role as the creepy intergalactic clown-looking creature known as Pennywise for the upcoming TV prequel series.

Per a Deadline report, Skarsgård will rejoin the two movies’ director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti and Chapter Two co-producer Jason Fuchs for Welcome To Derry.

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise in ‘IT’. Credit: Warner Bros.

Welcome To Derry is tapped to run for nine episodes, with Muschietti in the director’s seat for four of its episodes. A release date for Welcome To Derry has yet to be announced.

Skarsgård previously said in March 2023 that he wasn’t involved in the prequel series, though he left the door open for a future return.

2019’s It: Chapter Two scored a four-star review, with NME‘s Alex Flood writing: “For the most part, Muschietti’s sequel is a tightly-constructed potboiler that balances humour and horror in a satisfying way. As a bonus, Derry’s bloodthirsty harlequin has a hinted-at backstory that’s perfect for a prequel. Who knows? Pennywise may have the last laugh after all.”

Bill Skarsgård. Credit: Getty Images

Skarsgård is next set to appear as another iconic character in a remake of The Crow. The role was of Eric Draven was previously portrayed by Brandon Lee, who famously died on the set of the 1994 original after being injured by a malfunctioning firearm.

Skarsgård’s interpretation of the character, which is notably more modern than original, has already been subjected to fan criticism.

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