Bill Skarsgard, who received attention as Pennywise the Clown in “It,” is attached to star in the drama “Gilded Rage,” various sources have said.
Director Charlie McDowell is supposed to direct the movie. He co-wrote the script with writers Max Frye and Justin Lader. The producers are Riva Marker & Jake Gyllenhaal via the company Nine Stories, Jeremy Steckler and Condé Nast Entertainment.
The film is based on Benjamin Wallace’s Vanity Fair article about the notorious murder of Investment banker Thomas Gilbert Sr., whose death was originally believed to be a suicide until an investigation proved otherwise. Skarsgard will portray Thomas Gilbert Jr., who was arrested for the crime and is still expecting trial to this day. Gilbert originally pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, but he has resisted further plea deals, while his mother foots the bill for his defense.
Skarsgard became a household name as Pennywise the Clown in the box office hit “It” and is set to repeat the role in the sequel this fall. He also appeared in the Hulu series “Castle Rock” as the mysterious “Kid” and in the Sundance sweetheart “Assassination Nation” as Mark. Most recently, Skarsgard completed production on the Antonio Campos’ and Netflix adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which also stars Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson.
Skarsgard is represented by WME and Magnolia Entertainment.