IT could have been Swin­ton for Pen­ny­wise

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Tilda Swin­ton was wanted to play Pen­ny­wise the Clown in the 'IT' re­make. The 56-year-old ac­tress is said to have been wanted for the re-imag­in­ing of the hit Stephen King novel by pro­ducer Bar­bara Muschi­etti and her hus­band An­dres, how­ever, due to con­flict­ing sched­ules Swin­ton wasn't able to take on the role of the mon­strous child killer. Speak­ing to Joblo, Bar­bara said: "Tilda Swin­ton wasn't avail­able. No, no, I swear to God. She was not. We had a slot to shoot the movie and she wasn't avail­able so she didn't even au­di­tion. "But of course, we all thought about it." The new big screen ver­sion of Stephen King's chilling novel about a child killer on the loose in an Amer­i­can town - which was turned into a 1990 TV minis­eries star­ring Tim Curry as the ter­ri­fy­ing Pen­ny­wise - is set to hit cin­e­mas this Sep­tem­ber. The role of Pen­ny­wise ul­ti­mately went to 'Al­le­giant' star Bill Skars­gard, 26, who was re­vealed to be so scary that he had to stay away from the child co-stars dur­ing the shoot. An­dres said: "Bill came in and blew our socks off. Be­cause he was do­ing his very own in­ter­pre­ta­tion of Pen­ny­wise, very eru­dite ... very, very fa­mil­iar with the novel and with Pen­ny­wise in the novel, which for us was a huge help. Be­cause we went in the cast­ing process with the book in mind. We read the novel when we were teens, we saw the minis­eries much later in the game, so Tim Curry's per­for­mance is ex­tra­or­di­nary but that is not nec­es­sar­ily what we link to Pen­ny­wise im­me­di­ately. For us, the Pen­ny­wise is the Pen­ny­wise in the book which is quite dif­fer­ent. I think Bill went for that and he did an amaz­ing, amaz­ing per­for­mance and we gave him sev­eral tests. Again, be­cause he's a shape shifter, we wanted to make sure that he could play in dif­fer­ent grades, right? And he did. He's amaz­ing. "And what's even more amaz­ing is that he kept the char­ac­ter very un­pre­dictable, and that's what scares us the most, when you don't know what way he's go­ing to go." 'IT' fol­lows a group of young chil­dren who are faced with their big­gest fears when they square off against Pen­ny­wise in Derry, Maine, after mul­ti­ple chil­dren go miss­ing. The brave kids ma­ture into adult­hood and are forced to re­visit their hor­rors as one by one they en­counter Pen­ny­wise again. Muschi­etti has al­ready re­vealed that a plan for a se­quel is in the works.

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