‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard Joins True-Crime Drama ‘Gilded Rage’

Bill Skarsgard, who plays the character ‘Pennywise the Clown’ in the ‘It‘ film franchise, is attached to star in the upcoming drama feature ‘Gilded Rage,’ reports Variety. Charlie McDowell is set to pen the script as well as helm the project, which is being produced by Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker under their banner Nine Stories. Jeremy Steckler of Conde Nast Entertainment also joins the project a producer.

The plot is based on the 2015 Vanity Fair article written by Benjamin Wallace about the scandalous murder of Investment banker Thomas Gilbert Sr. Known as one of the most popular and successful hedge-fund managers in New York, Thomas Gilbert Sr. was reportedly shot dead by his son Thomas Gilbert Jr. The young man rushed into his parents’ apartment and after asking his mother to get a soda and a sandwich, he shot his father in the head. Benjamin Wallace called the shocking incident an implosion in a silver-spoon life in his article.

Skarsgard will play the 30-year-old Thomas Gilbert Jr. in ‘Gilded Rage.’ The actor became an icon of horror after his character Pennywise the Clown went on to become a huge hit along with the movie. He is all set to reprise the role in the upcoming sequel ‘It: Chapter 2.’ According to reports, the second installment picks up the storyline 27 years after the events of the first movie. After terrorizing the kids of Derry throughout the first film, Perrywise finally knelt down in the climactic showdown. But he never forgets what the kids did to him. The villainous clown returns in the second movie with vengeance to settle scores with the kids who have become adults now.

When asked about the changes of Pennywise after 27 years, Skarsgard told the EW, “He’s been doing this forever really, so he doesn’t change in the sense that you would look differently. He looks however he wants to look for any particular prey at the time, but I do think there’s a change.”

Skarsgard also played the mysterious inmate at Shawshank State Penitentiary named in the Hulu series ‘Castle Rock.’ He earned critical acclaim for his performance as Mark in the Sundance hit movie ‘Assassination Nation.’ Skarsgard’s upcoming project is the Netflix film ‘The Devil All the Time’ directed by Antônio Campos. The movie, which is based on the 2011 novel of the same name by Donald Ray Pollock, also stars Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, and Robert Pattinson.

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