Casting Update for New IT Movie

2016/06/09 21:50:27 +00:00 | Derek Anderson

Fans of Stephen King's epic novel IT know that in addition to the titular and ancient villain, the group of young friends known as the Losers' Club had to face menaces of the mortal variety in their small Maine town, and the latest cast member to join the upcoming film adaptation of IT will play one of the human antagonizers of Derry's protectors.

According to THR, Owen Teague will play the character Patrick Hocksetter in the new IT film. Patrick is one of several people who want to make the lives of the Losers' Club members a living hell, and he seems to have the twisted mindset for such an undertaking, as THR mentions that he keeps his fridge stocked with the carcasses of animals he kills in his spare time.

Viewers may recognize Teague as Nolan Rayburn on Netflix's Bloodline series, and he will also appear as Jordan in another upcoming Stephen King adaptation, Cell.

Set to start filming this July in Toronto, New Line Cinema's IT movie recently penciled in Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove) as Pennywise the Clown alongside other cast members Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs, and Jeremy Ray Taylor.

Andy Muschietti (Mama) will direct the film from a screenplay he wrote with Gary Doberman. Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg are on board as producers, with Jon Silk executive producing the project. Cary Fukunaga (True Detective), who was previously attached to direct the movie, wrote a two-film screenplay with Chase Palmer before departing the project last spring.

The IT adaptation is still being planned as a two-film project, though, with one movie focusing on the Losers’ Club facing evil incarnate as kids and the second film following them as adults once again tasked with defeating the malevolent entity that haunts their hometown… and their souls.

Warner Bros. has set the first IT film for a September 8th, 2017 release. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details.

Owen Teague in Bloodline:

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