Variety's reporting that Cary Fukunaga, who is directing the big-screen update of Stephen King's killer-clown horror classic It, tossed a bunch of older actors (respected names like Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn are dropped) right in the garbage the second that Will Poulter, a 22 year old British actor recently seen in The Maze Runner and We're the Millers, auditioned for the role. Well that's certainly different!
No offense intended to Poulter (and he shouldn't take any since this is helping him get all these jobs) but his face has always creeped me out, so this might end up being a master-stroke? It certainly helps steer comparisons away from Tim Curry right off the bat, making Pennywise so much younger. And it'll add an interesting wrinkle to the way the character plays off of the children he torments - having him be closer in age to them, I mean. And when they get around to the second half of the story and Pennywise is much younger than them? That'll be doubly interesting, ya know? In summation, here's Will Poulter flashing Jason Sudeikis in We're the Millers:
What do you think? I mean about him getting cast as Pennywise. Not his butt. Although you can feel free to tell me what you think of his butt too, I suppose.