LAST week, it was reported that 22-year-old British actor Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, 2014) is in negotiations to play Pennywise the Dancing Clown in a remake of the 1990 horror television mini-series It.
True Detective director Cary Fukunaga will direct the remake, which is expected to be made into two films. One film deals with the protagonists as children and the second one, when they are adults.
The first film is expected to be released in 2017.
Fukunaga was said to be "blown away" by Poulter's audition for the role, Variety reported, citing sources. The actor is to appear in both films and production is slated to begin this summer.
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, It tells the story of a group of children who are terrorised by a shape-shifting demon called "It".
It is able to take the form of children's fears and phobias, such as spiders. One of its well-known appearances is as the creepy clown Pennywise.
In the It 1990 TV mini-series, Pennywise was played fantastically by British actor Tim Curry.
Here are five reasons why Poulter will do justice to the role.
1. HE HAS THE EYEBROWS
British model Cara Delevingne's thick eyebrows have got nothing on Poulter's scary brows.
He has very distinctive eyebrows. In fact, the Belfast Telegraph once referred to them as "evil brows". That quality could certainly fare well on Pennywise the Clown's sinister make-up checklist.
2. HE'S 188CM TALL
There are two kinds of clowns. A vertically-challenged one is funny. However, a clown that stands at an imposing 188cm can induce all kinds of scary thoughts in kids, who incidentally, are Pennywise's favourite prey.
3. HE CAN DO COMEDY AS A CLOWN
Poulter made waves on the Hollywood radar as the pretend teenage son of Jennifer Aniston's character in the comedy We're The Millers (2013). He was the meek, gangly Kenny Rossmore who surprised everyone by showing how he can rap to Lisa "Left-Eye" Lopes' verse in the TLC hit Waterfalls.
4. THERE'S ALSO A SERIOUS SIDE TO HIM
When he's not making the audience laugh, Poulter can be quite the bully. In last year's The Maze Runner, he showcased his serious no-nonsense side as Gally. He basically tells the new kid and younger ones to know their place in the Glade, where the movie's maze is based.
5. HE DOESN'T CLOWN AROUND WHEN IT COMES TO HIS ACTING CAREER
In an interview with The Irish Times, Poulter said he viewed acting as a form of release.
"School didn't offer me very much. And acting was a release from what I found to be a very tough period. At school, I felt quite down and despondent."
Poulter was only 14 when he got his first lead role in the critically acclaimed Son Of Rambow. The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2007.
This year, he starred in another critically acclaimed Sundance favourite, Glassland, an Irish drama about a mother battling alcoholism. His performance was hailed as a welcome source of comic relief by The Hollywood Reporter.