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Bill Skarsgård to Reprise Pennywise Role "It" Prequel Series "Welcome to Derry"


Fri 31 May 2024 | 11:59 AM
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Yara Sameh

A familiar sinister face is coming back to terrorize the children of Derry, Maine. Swedish actor Bill Skarsgård is set to star in and executive produce the HBO Max “It” prequel series, “Welcome to Derry” (working title).

Skarsgård will be reprising the title role as It/Pennywise from the hit 2017 New Line movie "It and its sequel, "It Chapter Two".

On the Warner Bros. Television-produced series, he is reuniting with other key auspices from the It film franchise, the two movies’ director Andy Muschietti, producer Barbara Muschietti and Chapter Two co-producer Jason Fuchs, who developed together the TV adaptation of the Stephen King horror classic, as well as the films’ other producers, Roy Lee and Dan Lin. Andy Muschietti will direct four episodes of the nine-episode series.

Set in the world of King’s "It" universe, Welcome To Derry expands the vision established by filmmaker Andy Muschietti in the films, which amassed a combined $1.17 billion worldwide.

The series hails from a story by Andy Muschietti, Barbara Muschietti, and Fuchs based on King’s novel It. 

Andy Muschietti and Barbara Muschietti executive produce through their Double Dream production company alongside Fuchs, Brad Caleb Kane, David Coatsworth, Skarsgård, Shelley Meals, Lee, and Lin. Fuchs, who wrote the teleplay for the first episode, and Kane serve as co-showrunners.

The project was first announced in March 2022 and was ordered straight to series in February 2023. The series had been in production in early 2023 before it shut down in July due to the actors’ strike. 

Exact plot details are being kept under wraps, but the project also explores the origin story of Pennywise the Clown. It will begin in the 1960s in the time leading up to the events of 2017's “It: Part One”.

The cast of the series also includes Taylour Paige, Jovan Adepo, Chris Chalk, James Remar, Madeleine Stowe, and Stephen Rider.

The series witnesses Skarsgård’s return to King’s streaming TV universe and a reunion with WBTV after he starred in the studio’s Hulu series "Castle Rock".

Recently seen in John Wick: Chapter 4, Skarsgård is coming up in "The Crow", "Nosferatu", "Locked", and "Emperor". 

“It” prequel series, “Welcome to Derry” is set to premiere on Max in 2025.