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It’s Bill Skarsgård Can’t Wait To Terrify His New Batch Of Co-Stars

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Coming off the blockbuster success of last year’s It, Bill Skarsgård—who plays Pennywise in the series—is in an ideal position to abandon all inhibitions and give an even more unhinged performance as the deranged clown villain in It: Chapter Two. While the specifics of the sequel haven’t all been ironed out yet, Skarsgård is excited by the possibilities. “We’re gearing up for it now, so I’m sort of in the process of getting back into that character of Pennywise,” he told Den of Geek. “I’m sort of in the mindset and we’re gearing up for it. I think they start in July. I’m not sure exactly when my start date is, but some time this summer.”

As for the problems that still need to be solved, Skarsgård makes it clear that he has a positive, productive collaboration with director Andy Muschietti, even if there is some occasional friction. “We’re figuring it out, you know,” he explained. “I have a very good relationship with Andy, not only as a director and actor, but also just as a very close friend, so we’re having fun with it and we’re figuring out what we’re going to bring to the table for part two.”

Like most It fans, Skarsgård is understandably excited about the addition of several major actors—including Jessica Chastain (Beverly Marsh), James McAvoy (Bill Denbrough), and Bill Hader (Richie Tozier)—who will take over for the child stars of the previous film. “I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s going to be a very different experience this time around, just given the fact that you have all of these incredible, seasoned actors to play against, as opposed to having all the kids. So it’s going to be a different experience for sure. But I’m looking forward to it.”

It: Chapter Two arrives in theatres on September 6, 2019. Check out the trailer for the previous chapter below.