It Prequel Series Lost The Only Actor You'd Probably Watch It For

It Prequel Series Lost The Only Actor You'd Probably Watch It For
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Fans are disappointed that their favorite actor will not be returning to Welcome to Derry.

Since it was announced that the last big screen adaptation of Stephen King 's 1986 novel It would be getting a prequel TV series, not much has been revealed.

Unfortunately, a recent update has significantly lowered fans' expectations.

It (2017) and It Chapter Two (2019) were supernatural horror films directed by Andy Muschietti, which were a two-part adaptation of the original novel by the king of horror.

The plot revolved around a group of childhood friends from the small town of Derry, Maine, who encountered an evil supernatural entity, simply referred to as It, as children and find themselves obligated to return to their hometown years later to put an end to the creature once and for all.

While the first film was warmly received by critics and audiences, the sequel received much less favorable reviews, scoring only 62% on Rotten Tomatoes due to some underwhelming decisions made by the creators.

However, the one thing that was universally praised in both films was Bill Skarsgård's portrayal of Pennywise the Dancing Clown, one of the main guises of the titular evil creature.

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Frightening yet stunning, he has been described as "the stuff of nightmares," making his appearances the best parts of the films.

When a prequel TV series Welcome to Derry was announced, everyone was eager to see more of his brilliant acting. Unfortunately, the actor recently confirmed that he won't be returning for the upcoming series.

"As of now, I'm not currently involved with it. If someone else gets to do it, my advice would be: Do it your own. Make it your own. Have fun with it. What I found pleasurable about that character is how abstract he was," Skarsgård said in an interview with Jake's Takes.

Fans were stunned by this revelation. Some even admit that now there is absolutely no point for them to watch the show when it comes out.

Others are disappointed that not only has the sequel decided to rely mostly on CGI instead of Bill's acting, but now they have been robbed of the opportunity to see more of him on screen.

"Without Bill Skarsgård's intense facial expressions, making one eye slightly go out and his innate understanding of timing for horror films, as he pauses just before an attack; it is going to be a tough act to follow," Reddit user PoSlowYaGetMo said.

But perhaps the next actor to play the iconic clown will bring something equally good to the role.

After all, Skarsgård was not the first; Tim Curry played the role in the 1990 It miniseries, which also has its own fan base.