Andrés Muschietti’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s 1986 novel It is due out in September, and it just got its first full trailer.
Two teaser trailers for the film were released this spring, and the first photo of Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown was released last year. This film will follow only the novel’s 1958 timeline, in which a gang of pre-teen outcasts called The Losers’ Club battle with Pennywise. It also stars Midnight Special’s Jaeden Lieberher as Bill Denbrough, the leader of the Club.
The full trailer is made up of a lot of footage we’ve seen before, mainly Pennywise the Clown luring a young boy into a storm drain and the classic vintage coming-of-age shot of pre-teens riding bikes around. The main addition here is the hint that these kids will team up to uncover a curse and conspiracy: “All the bad things that happen in this town are because of one thing.” If you’ve read the novel, I guess you already know that. But the final 20 seconds of this trailer is a montage of nightmares, including a toilet full of blood and this:
It’s a lot scarier than the teasers. We also see Beverly Marsh (Sophia Lillis), the Club’s only girl, interact with the monster for the first time. She’s freaked! Duh.
The novel’s 1985 timeline, in which the Losers reunite as adults and return to their hometown, will be reserved for a sequel, with an unannounced release date and, so far, no cast. This is the second major adaptation of It, after Tommy Lee Wallace’s 1990 miniseries starring Tim Curry.
It is Muschietti’s second feature film, after 2013 supernatural horror film Mama (which starred Jessica Chastain and Game of Thrones’ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau). He worked from a script by Cary Fukanaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation), Gary Dauberman (Annabelle), and relatively unknown writer Chase Palmer.
It opens in wide-release on September 8th.