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The new film adaptation of Stephen King's novel It is well underway with filming scheduled to start in Toronto in July. The film was previously having trouble getting off the ground with both Will Poulter and Cary Fukanaga dropping out of key roles, but it's made a lot of strides within the last few months. Bill Skarsgard was recently announced to land the role of Pennywise, the demonic shapeshifting clown antagonist. Now a secondary antagonist has been cast in the form of Owen Teague, who will play childhood bully Patrick Hocksetter.
The casting announcement comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which reports that Owen Teague has joined the Andy Muschietti (Mama) helmed R-rated horror flick. You may know Teague best from his role in Netflix's Bloodline as Ben Mendelsohn's son Nolan Rayburn. Bloodline is currently enjoying its second season on the streaming service. Teague will join a cast that already includes Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jaeden Lieberher, Jack Grazer, Finn Wolfhard, Chosen Jacobs, and Wyatt Oleff as the protagonists.
Owen Teagues character, Patrick Hocksetter, is a bully who helps terrorize the child protagonists, who call themselves the Losers Club. Patrick is pretty much a psychopath, who keeps the remains of animals he's killed in his refrigerator. Basically, he's a guy who's begging to be murdered by a scary clown. In the novel he eventually does meet his end at the hands of Pennywise, but who knows how it'll go down in the adaptation.
Currently, the plan for It is to divide the story into two parts. The first part, which films this summer, will take place in the past and focus on the Losers Club meeting and battling Pennywise. Part two will then shift focus to the present, with the now adult Losers Club reuniting to finally end Pennywise's reign of terror. That's an interesting approach to the material and it would give the series a unique feel compared to other sequels; it's almost like a saga in that way. I'm assuming Teague's role is mostly contained in part one unless his character survives to kill animals another day for part two.
You'll be able to see Owen Teague and the rest of the cast of It when it hits theaters on September 8, 2017. Until then keep checking back to CinemaBlend for all It related news.