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Without ever really going away, writer Stephen King is enjoying an incredible renaissance with his works enjoying a new wave of adaptation into films, television shows and even virtual reality adventures. But one of the most harrowing of them all is It, which is being turned into a two-part film that is already terrorizing viewers thanks to its first full trailer.
Published in 1986, It is told in two two time-frames, following seven childhood friends who find themselves terrorized by an evil creature that plays on the fears of its victims. Luring them into a false sense security, it usually takes the form of the clown Pennywise so that it can attack and kill young children. The first part of the novel deals with the seven characters as kids, while the second part focuses on them as adults when the terror arises anew. As such, it would seem to make a perfect two-parter.
Wikipedia breaks down the main characters as follows:
Bill Skarsgård as It / Pennywise The Dancing Clown / Bob Gray
An ancient, trans-dimensional evil that awakens every three decades.
Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough
The leader of the Losers' Club, who vows to get revenge on the monster with the help of his friends. Denbrough losing his brother makes the battle against It a more personal crusade for him than any of the others.
Jeremy Ray Taylor as Ben Hanscom
Hanscom being overweight earns his place in the Losers' Club, but like all of the Losers, there are underlying facets that define him far more than his weight.
Sophia Lillis as Beverly Marsh
The only female member of the Losers' Club, who forms a strong bond with Ben Hanscom. Beverly's Losership wasn't defined by the fact she was abused, but by her poverty.
Finn Wolfhard as Richie Tozier
The bespectacled best friend of Bill Denbrough, also known as Trashmouth Tozier due to his foul language and loud mouth that often got him into trouble.
Wyatt Oleff as Stanley Uris
A Jewish germaphobe with a stronger belief in the pragmatic whose bird book and his calling of the birds is the only magic he really allows himself to believe in.
Chosen Jacobs as Mike Hanlon
An African American autodidact of history, who relays the incidents of Derry's past to his friends — The fire at the Black Spot, the Bradley Gang shoot-out, and the mass-murder at the Silver Dollar.
Jack Dylan Grazer as Eddie Kaspbrak
Kaspbrak is the epitome of the hypochondriac, overly exaggerated by the immense amount of objects in his medicine cabinet; a sickly boy who only feels truly well when he is with his friends.
Nicholas Hamilton as Henry Bowers
A young sociopath who leads the Bowers Gang, a gang of high school bullies, and terrorizes the Losers' Club.
Jackson Robert Scott as George Denbrough
The innocent, energetic seven-year-old brother of Bill Denbrough. His death at the hands of Pennywise results in the next summer's events.
Previously It had been adapted into a 1990 four-hour TV miniseries that starred Tim Curry as Pennywise. The new version will be released on September 8th.