The ‘It’ star will voice Moomintroll in ‘Moomins and the Winter Wonderland’ that features top Swedish talent, including his father Stellan.
Bill Skarsgard is swapping Pennywise for a role that’s definitely more child-friendly after signing up for Moomins and the Winter Wonderland.
The Swedish actor, who has a starring role as the killer clown in Warner Bros.’ upcoming film It, will voice the protagonist Moomintroll in the animated movie. Skarsgard is the latest in what is becoming an all-star Swedish voice cast that includes Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander and his father Stellan.
“So excited to be a part of this lovely project and bringing Tove Jansson’s fantastical world to the big screen. I grew up with my mom and dad reading Moomin and their adventures to me at bedtime, so it will not be the first time I hear my dad voice Moominpappa,” said Skarsgard.
The Moomins were created by the Finnish writer Tove Jansson in a series of books and comic strips, originally published in Swedish in the 1940s. The iconic fairy tale characters have garnered a global following thanks to translations, along with several television and film adaptations as well as a theme park called Moomin World in Naantali, Finland.
Finish film company Filmkompaniet and Polish animation studio Animoon are co-producing the new project. Los Angeles-based production, distribution and IP management company Global Genesis Group is handling international distribution and sales.
Based on Jansson’s original books, with a screenplay from Małgorzata Więckowicz-Zyla, Piotr Szczepanowicz and Ira Carpelan, Moomins and the Winter Wonderland will be created from existing, vintage footage from original stop-motion Moomins productions co-produced by Jupiter Film and Film Polski in the 1980s.
Exciting news! Bill has joined the upcoming Stephen King Hulu Series, Castle Rock.
Bill Skarsgård has been cast as a series regular in Hulu’s Stephen King series “Castle Rock,” Variety has learned.
The project marks the second King project for Skarsgård, who will star in the film adaptation of King’s classic novel, “It,” as the iconic terrorizing clown, Pennywise.
In “Castle Rock,” Skarsgård will play a young man with an unusual legal problem. He joins a cast that includes Sissy Spacek, André Holland, Jane Levy and Melanie Lynskey.
“Castle Rock” is described as a psychological-horror drama set in the Stephen King multiverse that combines the mythological scale and intimate character storytelling of King’s best-loved works, weaving an epic saga of darkness and light, played out on a few square miles of Maine woodland. The fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine, has served as the setting for many of King’s books, including “Cujo,” “The Dead Zone,” and “The Body.” The series landed a 10-episode order.
Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason are writers on the series and will serve as executive producers along with J.J. Abrams, Ben Stephenson and Liz Glotzer. Bad Robot Productions and Warner Bros. Television are behind the series.
Skarsgård is on the rise. Aside from gearing up for his biggest role to date with “It,” which hits theaters this September, the Swedish actor starred in Netflix’s “Hemlock Grove” and is also known from the “Divergent” franchise. He is repped by WME.
Production on “Castle Rock” begins this year. No premiere date has been set, though the series is expected to debut in 2018.
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.
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.”
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.