After years languishing in development hell the remake of Stephen King’s IT is about to start shooting. Two years ago True Detective show runner Cary Fukunaga quit the project due to creative differences almost completely killing the project. The actor cast at that time to play the dancing clown was Will Poulter. It became clear however that as Poulter’s career trajectory skyrocketed over the last 24 months, he most likely wouldn’t stay attached to the effect heavy role.
Now we have word from our friends at Bloody Disgusting that Poulter is officially out. In fact, they’ve also recently confirmed that character actor Kirk Acevedo is currently auditioning and undergoing makeup testing for the part. Acevedo is best known for his role as a hardened criminal in the classic HBO drama OZ. Acevedo is a veteran actor that has appeared in hundreds of both network and cable television shows. Recently he’s appeared in the SyFy series 12 Monkeys and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the best selling Stephen King novel. That makes all this news about the film even more interesting as the titular monster is said in the book to return every 27 to 33 years to feed on human prey. The new film will be two parts with the first being slated for a September 8, 2017 theatrical release.