The new issue of Empire arrives this Thursday, and alongside giant features on Thor: Ragnarok and Comic-Con 2017, there's also an exclusive report from the Atlanta set of It, the first big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's classic supernatural horror. The full feature can be found in the magazine, but here's a sneak peek: a world-exclusive image of Bill Skarsgård's rictus grin as Pennywise the Clown. After murky shots of Pennywise skulking in his sewer, this is our best look yet at the shapeshifting demon. See below, and click to embiggen.
“In order for this movie to be as effective as the book and the series, I have to scare a whole generation,” Skarsgård tells Empire in the new issue. “My take was that Pennywise functions very simply. Nothing much is going on in terms of what he’s thinking — he’s animalistic and instinctive.”
Somewhat ironically, Skarsgård admitted that Pennywise infected his own dreams after the film. “It’s funny,” he says, “I went back to Stockholm after we wrapped, and every night for two weeks, I had these strange recurring Pennywise dreams. I was him, but I was in the wrong setting, somehow. I was upset that people could see my face. It was surreal. I can’t explain it.”
For more on the nightmarish new take on Pennywise and Stephen King's It, be sure to pick up a copy of the new issue of Empire, on sale in the UK this Thursday. Want to get your copy days before anyone else? Subscribe to Empire here. It is in cinemas from 8 September.