After first being adapted as a television miniseries in the early 1990s, Stephen King's horror novel It is finally getting its silver screen due next year. Last month, horror fans got their first look at the movie's iteration of Pennywise (played by Bill Skarsgard), and now the the demonic clown has been seen, the focus is turning to the the children who will battle him. The latest "first look" is of Richie, one of the members of The Losers' Club.
Director Andy Muschietti posted this photo on Instagram of the It remake's version of Richard "Richie" Tozier, played by Stranger Things star Finn Wolfhard, plastered on a 'Missing' poster that has all his necessary physical information listed. This is the second time Muschietti has used the poster format to show off the It remake's main children, having posting one of another youth, Betty Ripsom, last month. Richie disappeared on U.S. Independence Day, and if you happen to spot him, contact the authorities. Wolfhard posted the first look at the entire Losers' Club on set back in June, but this 'Missing' poster gives more of that '80s vibe, as the movie will first be set in 1989 rather than the 1950s like in the original story.
Most recognizable for his distinctive glasses, Richie Tozier is one of the seven members of the Losers' Club, and is best friends with the group's leader, Bill Denbrough. Aside from his appearance, Richie has developed a reputation for his cursing, which frequently gets him into trouble. In the novel, he was also quite intelligent and would lighten up situations using his impressions, a.k.a. "Voices." In the 1990 TV adaptation of It, the young Richie was played by Seth Green, while Harry Anderson played him as an adult.
Aside from the changed time period, the It remake will be a close adaptation of the original story. When George Denbrough is mysteriously murdered, his older brother Bill and the other Losers' Club members start investigating his death in the small town of Derry. This leads them to confronting the evil clown Pennywise, who is actually a demon-like entity who shape shifts into different forms in order to properly terrorize his victims. Should the first It movie be successful, a sequel will follow that reunites with the Losers' Club members (including Richie) as adults battling Pennywise again when they return to their hometown.
With shooting set to conclude in early September, Stephen King's It movie hits theaters on September 8, 2017.