‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgård Moves to Stephen King’s ‘Castle Rock’

Bill Skarsgård, who plays Pennywise the Clown in the upcoming film “It” has joined another Stephen King project, Variety reports.

Skarsgård has just joined the cast of Hulu’s upcoming series “Castle Rock.” The cast already includes Sissy Spacek, André Holland, Jane Levy, and Melanie Lynskey.

“Castle Rock” is the fictional Maine town where several of Stephen King’s books are set. Stories like “Cujo,” “Needful Things” and “The Dark Half,” all took place in Castle Rock. And many others from “It” to “Doctor Sleep” at least mentioned the town in passing.

The series is a psychological horror, though exactly what that entails hasn’t been explained.

Skarsgård will scare audiences this summer when he plays the infamous clown Pennywise in the theatrical release of “It.” His character in “Castle Rock” is simply described as a young man with a legal problem.

Sissy Spacek stars as Ruth Deaver. She has been nominated for six Academy Awards, winning for the 1980 film “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Spacek’s first nomination was for the starring role in “Carrie,” adapted from King’s first novel.

André Holland plays Henry Deaver. He starred in last year’s Best Picture “Moonlight,” and will appear next year in the Ava DuVernay film “A Wrinkle in Time.”

Jane Levy appeared in the series “Shameless” before moving on to star in the ABC sitcom “Suburgatory.” She also appeared in last summer’s “Don’t Breathe.”

Melanie Lynskey has appeared in a number of TV series and movies. Her credits include “Two and a Half Men,” “The Perks of Being a Wall Flower,” and “I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.”

While the show is set in the world of Stephen King, who is credited with writing as well, it was created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason. Shaw wrote several episodes of “Master of Sex” and “Manhattan,” which he also produced. Thomason worked with Shaw on “Manhattan,” but has also produced “Lie to Me” and “The Evidence.”

The series is produced by JJ Abrams, who has produced and directed everything from “Lost” to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

“Castle Rock” is set to debut on Hulu in 2018. You can view the teaser trailer here:

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