Bill Skarsgård is Returning as Pennywise to ‘It’ Prequel Series, ‘Welcome to Derry’

It: Chapter Two (Warner Bros.) / Bill Skarsgård (photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)It: Chapter Two (Warner Bros.) / Bill Skarsgård (photo by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

Bill Skarsgård will be back to play his role as Pennywise in the upcoming ‘It’ prequel series ‘Welcome to Derry’, a Max series.

The actor will take on his role as the horrific clown as he did in the 2017 films It and It: Chapter Two, Skarsgård is also named as an executive producer on the upcoming show. The series will explore Pennywise‘s origin story.

He will reunite with the director of It and It Chapter Two, Andy Muschietti, and Barbara Muschietti, producer, to bring this show to life.

In March last year, Skarsgård announced he was “not involved” with the upcoming prequel, but made a U-turn earlier this year.

Skarsgård will also join cast members Taylour Paige, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, and James Remar in Stephen King’s “It” book adaptation. His last Stephen King adaptation was Castle Rock (2018–2019). Warner Bros. Television is expected to take over the production.

Max originally ordered Welcome to Derry to series in February 2023. Of the new series, the Muschiettis said in a statement, “As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s It until the thick paperback fell to pieces. It is an epic story that contains multitudes, far beyond what we could explore in our It movies. We can’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity and horror.” [Consequence Film].

Bill Skarsgård will headline the upcoming remake of Nosferatu as the creepy Count Orlok and will star alongside FKA Twigs in the new adaptation of The Crow.

The title “Welcome to Derry” is rumoured to be subject to change, and Andy Muschietti is expected to direct four out of nine episodes of the show. Welcome to Derry was scheduled to be released this Halloween, but HBO and Max chairman/CEO Casey Bloys has suggested 2025 is now more likely.

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