A psychopathic character from Stephen King’s “It” has been cast in the upcoming screen adaptation. Owen Teague, known for the Netflix series “Bloodline,” will portray bully and psychopath Patrick Hocksetter in the film.
The announcement comes just days after it was announced that Bill Skarsgard, known for the Netflix show “Hemlock Grove” and the film “Divergent,” is in final negotiations to star in the film adaptation of Stephen King’s famous horror novel.
Skarsgard will play Pennywise the Clown, one of the many incarnations of an evil being known as “It” who exploits the fears of its victims in order to disguise itself when killing. It frequently shows up as Pennywise the Clown in order to lure its preferred victims: children.
The project is the first of two films being made. The Hollywood Reporter, who first reported the news, describes the project as the following:
The story follows a group of teens called the Losers Club who defeat a creature called It. Years later, the creature returns, and the former club members, now adults, have to band together again even though they have no memory of the first battle.
New Line’s first movie will tell the kids’ story, while the second movie will focus on the adults.
Andy Muschietti, director of the surprise horror hit “Mama,” is directing. “St. Vincent” star Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor have also been cast in the film.
Cary Fukunaga was originally on board as director but left over creative differences. The search for a new director delayed the project for over a year.
The story of “It” was first portrayed on screen in the 1990 film of the same name. Tim Curry starred as Pennywise the Clown in that film.
Teague will also appear in another King adaptation: the film “Cell” with Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack.