Details are surfacing about the long-delayed film version of Stephen King’s It, which begins production in July—and it appears the movie will go much further with some of the most disturbing aspects of the novel than the cult-classic ’90s mini-series.
Owen Teague, currently appearing in Netflix’s Bloodline, has been cast as teen bully Patrick Hockstetter.
In the novel, Patrick is a psychopath who keeps a pencil box full of dead flies, traps injured animals in a refrigerator to watch them die, and has a “reluctant but experimental” sexual relationship with fellow bully Henry Bowers.
“The two share some very uncomfortable scenes together,” reports Inquisitor. “Hockstetter also hides a dark, murderous secret that is in keeping with the content of It, and will probably shape his character in the film.”
The new adaptation will be split into two films—the first set in the past and focusing on the teen members of “The Loser’s Club,” who band together to battle a supernatural creature that appears in the guise of demented clown Pennywise and other facades.
The second installment will take place years later, with the group reuniting as adults to combat the childhood evil that’s returned.
Pennywise was memorably played by Tim Curry in the mini-series, and will be brought to life by Hemlock Grove star Bill Skarsgard (Alexander’s brother) in the new version.
The first part of Stephen King’s It hits theaters on September 8, 2017.