Will Poulter, the 22-year-old who had his testicles bitten by a spider in We're the Millers, has found a new way to portray something I've been terrified of since seeing it on film. According to Variety, he's set to play the horrific Pennywise the clown in New Line's remake of Stephen King's It.
Like the 1991 two-part TV movie that famously freaked us out with Tim Curry in the Pennywise role, the film will reportedly split the thick tome into two--one film focusing on the children fighting the supernatural creature, the second seeing them as adults facing him again. True Detective and Jane Eyre director Cary Fukunaga is already attached to give us the most gorgeously-shot evil clown ever.
It's said that Poulter, who was last seen in The Maze Runner, really wowed the studio and Fukunaga with his audition. After testing older actors like Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn, New Line brought in Poulter for a younger take; it's said that Fukunaga, seeing the test, "could not say no after being blown away." So though the actor may seem like sort of a young, dopey choice for the part, maybe give him a shot before passing judgment. As Heath Ledger already showed us, sometimes you'll be surprised what someone can do when they get to kill people from beneath a caking of white makeup.