Variety is reporting that Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, We’re The Millers) has been cast in the role of the monster who uses the form of a clown to torment a group of children in Derry, Maine.
They say that New Line were looking at older actors like Ben Mendelsohn and Mark Rylance, but that Fukunaga “could not say no” to Poulter after a brilliant audition. Variety cite sources who say that he’s fantastic as a villain in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s currently-filming The Revenant.
While it’s the first real villain role for Poulter, he’s given some very strong performances, particularly in Dexter Fletcher’s Wild Bill. We’re not going to say that we weren’t surprised by the choice, but the more we think about it, the more we like it.
Filming starts this summer so we can expect to hear more casting announcements soon.
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