Tilda Swinton was considered for killer clown role in 'IT' remake

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Tilda Swinton was considered for the terrifying role of Pennywise in upcoming horror film "IT."

The scary movie, directed by Andres Muschietti and based on the best-selling novel by Stephen King, ended up tapping Bill Skarsgard to take on the creepy clown who kidnaps children in a small town in Maine, America.

But producer Barbara Muschietti, Andres’ sister, has revealed the character could have been vastly different if one of the other role contenders landed the job.

“I swear to God,” she told after revealing Oscar-winner Tilda, 56, was eyed up for the feature. “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 her.”

But she assures fans they won’t be disappointed with the performance given by Bill, the younger brother of actor Alexander Skarsgard and son of performer Stellan Skarsgard. Barbara recalled how the 26-year-old “blew our socks off” during rehearsal, by putting his own spin on the clown.

“Because he was doing his very own interpretation of Pennywise, very erudite...Very, very familiar with the novel and with Pennywise in the novel, which for us was a huge help, because we went into the casting process with the book in mind,” she added.

Bill has already spoken at length about how excited he was to be a part of the feature, noting it’s rare to get an audition he feels so passionate about. He was given two scenes to act out however he wanted, and had a lot of fun bringing his own interpretation of author Stephen’s famous entity to life.

“I started having a conversation with Andy (Andres) and he said things that he wanted to be true with the character and so I started working even during the casting process, working with playing around with versions of what this character might be like,” Bill recently recalled to “And then eventually booking the job, that was when the real work began in terms of exploring the characters and the different ways of playing him.”

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