Stephen King's IT is about so much more than a clown. Sure, Pennywise gets an awful lot of attention, likely because we all have an inherent distrust and fear of clowns. But the heart of the book, and the soul of King's cherished story, is the bond of friendship formed by a gaggle of young castoffs who come together to form the Losers' Club -- social misfits who must overcome enormous fears to protect their town of Derry, Maine from a centuries-old threat.
This September, Andres Muschietti is prepared to bring Stephen King's seminal IT to life on the big screen, and the film's first trailer (watch it here) served as an introduction to the young actors who'll play the Losers' Club for a new generation. Muschietti wisely went with unknown actors, assuming (in a Stranger Things fashion) that IT might propel them to stardom. But for those of us who've read the book, the Losers' Club is populated with special characters who we can't wait to see on screen, even if they have to endure some horrors for our benefit. These kids are like family to me, and I'm anxious to see how they are portrayed in the upcoming film.
This guide will catch you up on each kid from Stephen King's IT. Naturally, it has light spoilers in it, so if you want to go into IT completely unscathed, hop out now. But let's start at the top:
William "Bill" Denbrough
Played By: Jaeden Lieberher
Known For: His leadership qualities; his debilitating stutter; the loss of his brother, Georgie, which starts the Losers' Club down a path that will have them investigating the monster terrifying their small town of Derry, Maine.
Fears: Bill is crippled by guilt, having made the paper boat (seen in the trailer) that sends Georgie out into the rain and puts him in Pennywise's path. Bill's on a vengeance mission, of sorts, as he hopes that killing the monster that killed his own little brother will repair the emotional damage that has occurred in his close-knit family, as his mom and dad are now cold and distant, destroyed by grief following Georgie's murder.
Why They Are Important To The Group: Bill is the group's natural leader. He keeps them together when the going gets tough, and Pennywise tries to splinter the Losers' Club. Because Bill understands that their power comes from unity, and without all of them, they don't stand a chance at defeating this powerful and evil force.