Bill Skarsgård In Talks To Return As Pennywise In IT Prequel Series


It’s being reported that Bill Skarsgård is currently in talks to return as Pennywise The Clown in the upcoming IT prequel series. That series is called Welcome To Derry, and it’s going to be coming to HBO Max.

So, before we get into the weeds of this story, it had been reported that Skarsgård wasn’t going to be returning to the upcoming prequel series. He played Pennywise The Clown in the two IT movies that were directed by Andy Muschietti.

I personally thought he was the best thing about those movies and was perfectly cast in the role. He was terrifying, and I think fans would be very pleased to hear that they are talking to him to return to play the character in this Welcome To Derry series.

Bill Skarsgård Is In Talks To Return As Pennywise In The IT Prequel Series


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So, according to Jeff Sneider over at The Hot Mic podcast, Bill Skarsgård is currently in talks to return as Pennywise The Clown in the Welcome To Derry series, which will be made for HBO Max. Here’s what Sneider had to say on the matter:

I’ve heard that Bill Skarsgard is, in fact, going to be back as Pennywise in this series despite his claims to the contrary. I’ve heard that he’s working on a deal to come back.

This all comes after there had been reports that the actor wasn’t going to be involved with the series. However, it seems as though those reports might not have been entirely true.

In a recent interview, the actor was asked (via Entertainment Weekly) whether he was going to be involved in the upcoming prequel Welcome to Derry. Skarsgård then said that he is not involved in it but offered his advice for the next actor to take on the role.

Will this Welcome To Derry series on HBO Max be worth watching?

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Here’s what the actor had to say on the matter during his interview with Jake’s Takes:

As of now, I’m not currently involved with it. If someone else gets to do it, my advice would be: Do it your own. Make it your own. Have fun with it. What I found pleasurable about that character is how abstract he was.

Skarsgård highly recommended reading Stephen King’s original IT book on which the 2017 film and its 2019 sequel were based. Here’s what he had to say:

There’s so so many tantrums and abstractions that you can kind of sit and decipher and that’s what I did with the character. The book is really a gift in that way. So if someone would take it on, just go through the book and find all the clues. They’re so out there that you can kind of make your own conclusions to them.

Welcome to Derry, which is the working title for the prequel, will be based on King’s 1986 horror novel, which first introduced the evil simply known as “It” that terrorizes the small town of Derry, Maine.

The prequel will expand upon director Andy Muschietti’s most recent movie adaptations, with Muschietti and his sister Barbara, who produced both It films, developing Welcome to Derry with Wonder Woman writer and It: Chapter Two co-producer Jason Fuchs.

Here’s what Stephen King had to say about this upcoming prequel series:

I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti is going to be overseeing the frightening festivities, along with a brain trust including his talented sister, Barbara. Red balloons all around!

What do you make of this news? Are you looking forward to watching this IT prequel series on HBO Max? Do you think Bill Skarsgård should return as Pennywise The Clown in it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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