More and more news ha started coming out about the remake of Stephen King’s It, and the biggest was when Bill Skarsgard was cast as the evil Pennywise the Clown. Since that happened, there have been some looks of him in the makeup of the demonic circus freak, but nothing to show the full-on look. Now, that day has finally arrived as the full costume for Pennywise has been revealed and it shows that Skarsgard really does float.
While the new costume may look similar, it has now been revealed that there is a major change into how Pennywise will act and attack.
A lot of people have wondered if Skarsgard would be able to do the role justice since Tim Curry did it (to absolute perfection) back in the 1990 two-part miniseries. Curry was the huge reason that It was so incredibly terrifying, but it appears as if there is going to be no expense spared with the remake as the fear is real.
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Yes, he is indeed floating. They all float.
Entertainment Weekly had the exclusive first look at the new costume for Pennywise the Clown, and it is incredibly impressive. Director Andy Muschietti has given the new Pennywise a modern look, which takes him out of the vaudeville days of the circus and into a terrifying new era.
While this version of Pennywise is being seen in the shadows, it does appear as if his costume is darker and more sinister than the original. Tim Curry’s costume was bright red, yellow, purple, white, and blue with a much happier feel to it.
That did nothing to make the character any less terrifying.
The 2017 version of Pennywise’s costume was designed by Janie Bryant, who was the costumer for the hit series Mad Men. Bryant had a lot of different inspirations for the costume and thought that the version put together is perfect for a film like It.
Many things are hidden in the new costume worn by Bill Skarsgard, and it will be much more than just an outfit on an evil being.
“The costume definitely incorporates all these otherworldly past lives, if you will. He is definitely a clown from a different time.
“If you look at the sleeves, there are the two puffs off the shoulder and biceps and again on the bloomers, I wanted it to have an organic, gourd or pumpkin kind of effect.
“It helps exaggerate certain parts of the body. The costume is very nipped in the waist and with the peplum and bloomers it has an expansive silhouette.”
Geeky Tyrant pointed out that Skarsgard’s costume is one that is meant to “suggest something both ancient and disturbed.” Bryant went on in the explanation of the costume by revealing the true colors of it all.
“The pompoms are orange, and then with the trim around the cuffs and the ankles, it’s basically a ball fringe that’s a combination of orange, red, and cinnamon. It’s almost like Pennywise fades into his environment. But there are accents to pull out the definition of the gray silk.”
With this new image and seeing Pennywise hidden in the shadows, there’s a reason for it and it indicates a huge change to the villain’s style.
The new Pennywise costume actually signifies a big difference between the new version and that played by Tim Curry many years ago. Curry’s version of Pennywise was meant to look friendly at first so that he could lure children away to play and have fun. Of course, that is when he would take advantage and do as he wished with them.
With the 2017 version of Pennywise, his costume is used more to “camouflage himself and strike” rather than have the children come to him.
The first part of It is scheduled to hit theaters on September 8, 2017.
The remake of Stephen King’s It is going to have a lot more room to work with, as it will be released in theaters and given more freedom. The original made-for-TV movie was frightening beyond all belief, but it was indeed restricted by the censorship of television. Now, Bill Skarsgard will have the opportunity to go to new lengths to scare everyone out of their mind and by the new costume and look of Pennywise the Clown, it’s already working.
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