‘THE FIR ST TIME I SAW HIM, I WAS PRE TTY TERRIFIED’
aka Bill, the leader of The Losers, explaining that the teen cast were kept away from Skarsgård until they shared a scene. “We had to run into a room when he had Eddie’s arm. Those were all real reactions.” He smirks sheepishly. “Though they did actually release the photo of him before we were allowed to see him…”
“I guess it was kinda scary to see a six-foot clown,” adds Lillis, whose Bev is the only female in the group. She, too, allows herself a grin, and wryly concedes that the fear dissipated as the shoot wore on. “One moment Bill’s talking to me, asking how school is, and the next he’s strangling me. It was kinda mixed feelings…”
Wolfhard, who plays group joker Richie, gives another perspective. Maybe it’s because he’s an old hand at battling
Beverly, but Muschietti concludes proceedings with a thrilling revelation. “I want to make the second part with these adults but I’ll have a dialogue between the two timelines,” he explains. “The second story will have jumps to 1989. It’s great from a narrative point of view, because it’s about a bunch of adults slowly recovering their memory of what happened in the past. Well, we’re going to fill the spaces – things are going to happen that’ll be connective tissue between things you see in the first movie and the second movie.”
And It, naturally, will be returning too, whatever the outcome of this first movie. Did you forget? It is the infinite, and you don’t fuck around with that.
It opens on 8 september.