Of the eight Skarsgård siblings, four of them—Valter, Bill, Gustaf and Alexander—are professional actors, each blessed with the good looks and distinctly rakish swagger of their father, Stellan. So the odds of 26-year-old Bill finding his footing in the industry weren’t exactly stacked against him. More unexpected is the path he’s chosen: neither through the mainstream (such as Alexander, a leading man since his star turn on HBO’s True Blood) nor through auteur-driven projects (such as Stellan, who has appeared in six films by the Danish provocateur Lars von Trier), but rather through a series of unexpected, résumé-confounding detours. Take his biggest American role to date, as Pennywise, the demonic child-eating clown, in the upcoming remake of It, out thisSeptember. As the blood-curdling creature originally played by Tim Curry in the 1990 miniseries of the same name, Skarsgård spends the entire film hidden beneath layers of garish and grotesque makeup—a daring choice for any young actor with matinee idol features.
But Skarsgård has been in the business long enough to know what he’s doing. He spent much of his youth traveling the world with his father, from film set to film set, and his first role came at the age of 9, as the younger brother to Alexander’s character in the Swedish thriller White Water Fury (2000). After being cast in a handful of roles, both big and small, back home—including an award-winning turn as a young man with Asperger’s syndrome in Simple Simon (2010)—his first major appearance on Stateside screens was in the Netflix fantasy series Hemlock Grove. This July, he will begin his play for international stardom alongside Charlize Theron and James McAvoy in Atomic Blonde, a high-octane spy thriller set in a simmering East Berlin. After that, he’ll appear in Assassination Nation, alongside cool-kids Hari Nef and Suki Waterhouse.
But first: breakfast. Over a meal at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, Skarsgård submits to some words of wisdom—and a little gentle bullying—from his older brother Alexander.
IT’s here! Warner Bros. Pictures released a teaser trailer for IT. The film hits theaters September 8, 2017.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
Sam Levinson wrote and direct the film about four teen girls who have their personal information leaked by an anonymous hacker.
Bella Thorne, Maude Apatow, Bill Skarsgard, Joel McHale and Colman Domingo are set to star in the edgy thriller Assassination Nation.
The film, written and directed by Sam Levinson, follows four teenage girls in a small suburb who become the focus of unwanted worldwide media attention after their personal information is leaked by an anonymous hacker.
Odessa Young, Hari Nef, R&B musician ABRA and Suki Waterhouse were previously announced as being attached to the pic, which is set to begin shooting this spring in Louisiana.
Matthew Malek and Anita Gou are producing Assassination Nation with Phantom Four’s David Goyer and Kevin Turen and Bron Studios’ Aaron L. Gilbert. Creative Wealth Media’s Jason Cloth and Andy Pollack are executive producers.
“We couldn’t be happier with this amazing ensemble cast that is going to bring Assassination Nation to life in a big way,” Gou and Malek said in a statement. “Sam has such a strong vision for the film that will combine an incredible story, a unique visual style, and now a killer cast that is anything but ordinary. Bron Studios and Phantom Four are amazing partners with a kindred sense for exceptional storytelling.”
Thorne is repped by CAA; Apatow is with UTA; Skarsgard is repped by WME; McHale is with WME; and Domingo is repped by The Gersh Agency.
Go ahead, laugh. It’ll be easier for him to find you in the dark.
Imagine this staring at you from inside the concrete chamber of a storm drain.
We’ve already gotten a close-up of Pennywise the Clown from the new film version of Stephen King’s It (out Sept. 8, 2017), but here we step back for a fuller view of the creature that likes to take the form of a leering, sinister clown.
Bill Skarsgård is playing the ageless, supernatural beast who feeds on the fears of children, and it’s clear director Andy Muschietti (Mama) is steering away from the modern, baggy-suited, rainbow-hued clown for something a bit more… archaic.
For that, the filmmaker relied on Emmy-winning costume designer Janie Bryant (Deadwood, Mad Men) who crafted a form-fitting suit that draws upon a number of bygone times – among them Medieval, Renaissance, Elizabethan, and Victorian eras.
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No need to look it up. It’s what you’re feeling right now. The unreasonable fear of clowns.
Maybe it’s not so unreasonable.
Look below and you’ll lay eyes on the first look at Pennywise the Dancing Clown from next year’s film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, with Bill Skarsgård taking on the role of the most fearsome creature to ever clutch a bouquet of balloons.
“It’s such an extreme character. Inhumane,” Skarsgård says. “It’s beyond even a sociopath, because he’s not even human. He’s not even a clown. I’m playing just one of the beings It creates.”
Anyone who’s turned the pages of King’s epic coming-of-age horror thriller knows this bloodthirsty funster isn’t your average psycho in grease paint. Pennywise is the favorite embodiment of a nameless, shapeless evil that dwells beneath a small town and feeds on the fear – and sometimes limbs – of children.
This manifestation of Pennywise from director Andrés Muschietti’s film (out Sept. 8, 2017) is elegant, precise — even alluring. He’s in control. It’s a stark contrast to the messy, smeared, and dirty scary-clown trend pioneered eight years ago by Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight.
“It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look,” says Skarsgård, best known for Allegiant and the Netflix series Hemlock Grove.
The key to this monster? Having fun with it. “It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt,” the actor says. “What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”
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Stephen King’s It starts filming with director Andy Muschietti
At long last, It is finally happening. Director Andy Muschietti (Mama) announced the kick off of production on the Stephen King adaptation over Instagram, making good on New Line’s plan that’s been long in the works.
Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation) was originally set to helm the two-part story. He eventually departed over creative differences, and with him went Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), who was initially cast as the titular demonic clown. Muschietti was courted for his replacement shortly after, and he and New Line have wrangled together a new cast.
Bill Skarsgard (Netflix’s Hemlock Grove) succeeds Tim Curry as Pennywise, a demon posing as a child-killing clown who torments a group of kids called “The Loser’s Club.” The cast also includes Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.
See the first photo from the set from Muschietti’s Instagram.
Producer Roy Lee said back in February that the film “is very close to the source material in one way but very different if you look at it as a literary piece of work. We’re taking it and making the movie from the point of view of the kids, and then making another movie from the point of view of the adults, that could potentially then be cut together like the novel. But it’s gonna be a really fun way of making this movie.”
Part one is scheduled for release on Sept. 8, 2017.
Bill Skarsgard Is Murderous Clown In Stephen King’s ‘It’
Up-and-coming actor Bill Skarsgard will play the lead role in It, New Line Cinema’s Andy Muschietti-directed adaptation of the Stephen King bestseller about neighborhood pals who are haunted by the murderous clown Pennywise. Barbara Muschietti, Roy Lee and Dan Lin are producing along with David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith.
It’s a step up for Skarsgard, who has been knocking on the door in series like Hemlock Grove and the Divergent sequels. He’s the son of actor Stellan Skarsgard.
Why Bill Skarsgard Didn’t Want People to Know He Was from a Famous Family
With a unique and recognizable last name like Skarsgard, it’s difficult for up-and-coming Swedish actor Bill Skarsgard to avoid instant comparisons to his famous family members.
Skarsgard, 25, is son to Stellan (Thor) and brother to actors Alexander and Gustaf (TV’s Vikings) but he wasn’t exactly dying to join the family business.
“I wanted to be an actor ever since I was a little kid,” he tells PEOPLE in the magazine’s new issue, on newsstands now. “But as I got into my teenage years I thought, is it really me wanting this or because I want to follow in my dad’s footsteps?”
Skarsgard studied science in high school before deciding he couldn’t deny his own passion for acting any longer and that he wanted to pave his own way.
“I’ve always felt a very strong need to do it myself,” he says. “The association with my brothers and my father is already so big, I didn’t want them to have anything to do with what I did. I needed them to feel that I am completely responsible for what I do.”
After breaking out on his own in Sweden, Skarsgard booked a small role on the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and has a supporting role in the upcoming film The Divergent Series: Allegiant as mysterious new character Matthew.
For more from Skarsgard, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands now
“Now that I’m a little bit more established and secure in myself as an actor, I do communicate with them,” Skarsgard says of leaning on his family for career advice. “We can have an open dialogue about situations at work and it’s immensely helpful having them there.”
Bonus Skarsgard fact: their family name is wholly original and relatively new.
“We’re the only ones with our last name,” says Skarsgard. “My grandfather and his brothers came up with it, so we’re the only ones who are named Skarsgard, our family and our cousins and stuff like that. A lot of people think that Skarsgard happens to be a common last name, but it’s just us.”
The Divergent Series: Allegiant arrives in theaters March 18.