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Wednesday, 26 June 2019
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It producers considered Tilda Swinton as Pennywise

It producers considered Tilda Swinton as Pennywise
 

"We auditioned literally hundreds of potential Bob Grays or Pennywises and it was an amazing process," Muschietti said. "We got to audition people that don't audition anymore and a huge gamut of talent; women, younger age, older age, we really went through the spectrum of actors."

However, Swinton had a schedule conflict and didn't audition. "She wasn't available," Muschietti said. "No, no I swear to god. She was not. We had a slot to shoot the movie and she wasn't available, so she didn't even audition. But of course, we all thought about it."

While it might have seemed like unconventional casting, it wouldn't have been the first time Swinton played a traditionally male role. She portrayed the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, and that character was a man in the comics.

It producers eventually cast Bill Skarsgard (Hemlock Grove) as Pennywise, and from the trailer, all indications are that they made a great choice. We'll find out for sure when the movie floats into theaters on Sept. 8. 

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