[Please note: there are potential spoilers for the It films and book below. Read on at your own discretion.]
In the new snapshots, Pennywise — as played by actor Bill Skarsgård — can be seen perched high atop the shoulders of a giant Paul Bunyon statue.
Many have taken to social media to share their excitement about the new pictures, with one person saying, "Oh s—, he's at it again!"
Good morning, Twitter. Here's a set photo from IT: CHAPTER TWO featuring Dat Boi Pennywise perched on Paul Bunyan's shoulder like a goddamn parrot. pic.twitter.com/2d510HlJze— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) September 3, 2018
"Can't wait for Chapter 2! Bring IT on," someone else exclaimed.
The main reason fans of King's novel are so excited about this behind-the-scenes photo is because it reveals that an iconic moment from the book has been written into the film.
In the IT novel, the character Richie Tozier — played as an adult by former Saturday Night Live cast member Bill Hader — was tormented by Pennywise while the clown had temporarily morphed into the giant Paul Bunyon statue and tried to murder him with an axe.
Some fans noticed that the axe blade appears to be missing in the photos, but it is speculated that it may be added later through CGI during post-production.
If you're wondering why it looks like Bunyan has a baseball bat instead of an axe, I'm guessing it's because they're gonna add the blade in later. Probably an issue with getting Dat Boi up there without anything catching on his wires.— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) September 3, 2018
Interestingly, the statue is said to be a recreation of one that actually exists in Bangor, Maine, the town that King is originally from.
Two other things to point out about this shot: one, it seems to confirm that we're gonna get a scene where Bill Hader faces down a giant Paul Bunyan; and two, it appears they're shooting the scene in broad daylight. Interesting choice.— Scott Wampler™ (@ScottWamplerBMD) September 3, 2018
IT: Chapter 2 picks up nearly three decades after the events of the first film, and sees the Losers Club return to their hometown to once again face-off against Pennywise, unaware that he has grown much stronger in their absence.
In addition to Hader, the film also stars James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, James Ransone, and Andy Bean. It will be released on Sept. 6, 2019.