Stephen King’s Castle Rock casts Bill Skarsgard but not as Pennywise…probably

The star of IT has joined Castle Rock and that’s just a bit suspicious

Another name has been added to the cast of the JJ Abrams-produced Stephen King TV series Castle Rock and, much like the previously announced Sissy Spacek, he’s got a big connection to the King universe.

Bill Skarsgård, who is soon to terrify audiences everywhere as the star of IT, has signed on to join Spacek, Andre Holland (Moonlight), Melanie Lynskey (I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore) and Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe) in the Hulu series.

According to the press release, he’ll be “a series regular, playing a young man with an unusual legal problem.”

There’s nothing about that description that suggests that he’ll be playing Pennywise the dancing clown, but it is a little odd that he’s jumping from playing one of the most iconic villains in Stephen King’s catalogue to starring in a series that will (probably) explore the Stephen King universe. Maybe it’s all a big coincidence, maybe he is playing a young man with an unusual legal problem. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Skarsgård broke out on Netflix’s endearingly baffling supernatural horror series Hemlock Grove as a sulky teenage vampire, starred in Allegiant, and will appear in Charlize Theron actioner Atomic Blonde later this summer.

Meanwhile, Melanie Lynskey plays “Molly Strand, a woman with a rare medical condition who’s barely scraping by as a real estate agent in a town where every third property is the site of someone’s worst nightmare,” Holland is “Henry, a death row attorney with a unique and complicated history in the town,” Spacek stars as “Ruth Deaver, estranged adoptive mother of Henry, a retired professor whose fading memories may hold a key to Castle Rock’s unsettling past,” and Levy is “Jackie, the death-obsessed, self-appointed historian of Castle Rock.”

So why didn’t Bill Skarsgård get a name yet?

Castle Rock comes from Manhattan duo Sam Shaw & Dustin Thomason, and will have 10 episodes.

“A psychological-horror series set in the Stephen King multiverse, Castle Rock 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.”

Castle Rock will air on Hulu in 2018. Keep up with the latest genre news with the new issue of SciFiNow.