'It' Gets a Prequel Series: Everything to Know About 'Welcome to Derry'

Pennywise the Clown in Stephen King's It

Pennywise the Clown's reign of terror continues: It is getting a prequel series called Welcome to Derry.

“As teenagers, we took turns reading chapters of Stephen King’s It until the thick paperback fell to pieces,” Barbara and Andrew Muschietti said in a statement announcing the series. “It is an epic story that contains multitudes, far beyond what we could explore in our It movies. We can’t wait to share the depths of Steve’s novel, in all its heart, humor, humanity and horror.”

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Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown, whose origins will be explored in "Welcome to Derry"<p>Warner Bros.</p>
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown, whose origins will be explored in "Welcome to Derry"

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The smash hit horror films It and It: Chapter Two, based on the iconic Stephen King novel, released in 2017 and 2019, were two of the biggest horror blockbusters ever, raking in $1.1 billion at the global box office.

King gushed of the show, “I’m excited that the story of Derry, Maine’s most haunted city, is continuing, and I’m glad Andy Muschietti is going to be overseeing the frightening festivities, along with a brain trust including his talented sister, Barbara. Red balloons all around!”

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Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown in "It" (2017)<p>Warner Bros.</p>
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown in "It" (2017)

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“To be able to return to the world of my all-time favorite horror novel and help build upon the singularly brilliant cinematic universe created by Andy and Barbara is more than the opportunity of a lifetime, it’s a dream come true — or, maybe more appropriately, a nightmare,” It Chapter Two co-producer Jason Fuchs said.

Here's everything we know so far about Welcome to Derry.

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What is the Welcome to Derry release date?

No specific release or premiere date has yet been set for Welcome to Derry, but it's expected to debut sometime in 2025. Filming began in May 2023, but was temporarily halted due to the WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes. Production is reportedly set to wrap in June 2024.

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Where can I watch Welcome to Derry?

Welcome to Derry will air on HBO and stream on Max.

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Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown in "It: Chapter Two" (2019)<p>Warner Bros.</p>
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown in "It: Chapter Two" (2019)

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What is Welcome to Derry going to be about?

Sarah Aubrey, head of original content at HBO Max, said in a statement, “This prequel will expand the It storytelling canvas and bring fans deeper into the terrifying, mesmerizing town of Derry.”

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Who is in the Welcome to Derry cast?

While no character details have yet been revealed, we do know some of the Welcome to Derry cast. It includes:

Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown

Bill Skarsgård<p>Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images</p>
Bill Skarsgård

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Yes, he will be back! It was finally confirmed in June 2024 that Bill Skarsgård will reprise his terrifying role of Pennywise the Clown.

Taylour Paige

Taylour Paige<p>Taylor Hill/WireImage</p>
Taylour Paige

Taylor Hill/WireImage

Taylour Paige starred in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and won an Independent Spirit Award for Zola.

Jovan Adepo

Jovan Adepo<p>Frazer Harrison/Getty Images</p>
Jovan Adepo

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Jovan Adepo had a star turn in Babylon and was nominated for an Emmy for HBO's Watchmen series.

Chris Chalk

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Chris Chalk

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Chris Chalk has appeared in Perry Mason (the HBO reboot) and All Dirt Roads Taste Like Salt. He most recently appeared in Feud: Capote's Women on FX.

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James Remar

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James Remar

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A prolific character actor, James Remar was among the many acclaimed stars in Oppenheimer. He's also appeared in Once Upon a Time...In Hollywood, X-Men: First Class, Pineapple Express, Horns and 2 Fast 2 Furious, to name a few.

Stephen Rider

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Stephen Rider

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Stephen Rider starred in the Daredevil series as Greg Galson and has appeared in The Good Fight, Luke Cage, Elementary, Shameless and NCIS: Los Angeles. On the big screen, he's been seen in The Great Debaters, The Host and The Butler, among others.

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Chad Rook

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Chad Rook

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Chad Rook's previous credits include War for the Planet of the Apes, Virgin River, The 100, CW's The Flash, Supernatural, Joe Pickett, Billy the Kid and Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City.

Madeleine Stowe

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Madeleine Stowe

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Madeline Stowe is slated to be a recurring guest star on Welcome to Derry. She's previously starred in Last of the Mohicans, 12 Monkeys, Revenge and Little House on the Prairie.

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Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown in "It: Chapter Two"<p>Warner Bros.</p>
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise the Clown in "It: Chapter Two"

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Who plays Pennywise in Welcome to Derry?

In a March 2023 interview, Bill Skarsgård revealed he hasn't had any conversations with producers or casting about the series yet, but gave advice to the potential next star on how to play Pennywise.

"We'll see what they come up with and what they do with it," he said, adding, "My advice would just be make it your own. Have fun with it. What I thought was so pleasurable about that character was how incredibly abstract he was."

It turns out, the advice wasn't needed: In June 2024, it was confirmed that he'll be back in the clown suit.

How many episodes will Welcome to Derry be?

An official episode count for Welcome to Derry hasn't been revealed yet.

Is there a Welcome to Derry trailer?

A full trailer for Welcome to Derry hasn't yet been released, but a brief teaser can be seen in an HBO promotional video for upcoming programming. Similarly to It, we see kids riding bikes and an eerie hand appearing to pull a young boy into water—and one of Pennywise's trademark red balloons. We also hear a voice, actor unseen, saying, "This ain't America. This is Derry."

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