‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard Joins John Boyega, Olivia Cooke in ‘A Naked Singularity’ (Exclusive)

Chase Palmer is directing for Scott Free Productions

Last Updated: May 13, 2019 @ 4:43 PM

“It” star Bill Skarsgard is joining John Boyega and Olivia Cooke in Scott Free Productions’ “A Naked Singularity,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap exclusively.

Chase Palmer is directing the project, with Palmer having written the screenplay with David Matthews. P. Jennifer Dana, Tony Ganz, Ryan Stowell and Kevin J. Walsh are producing, while Ridley Scott, Dick Wolf and John Zois are executive producing.

The film will be an adaptation of Sergio De La Pava’s debut novel of the same name. It follows Casi, a successful public defender in New York who starts to question everything after he loses his first case. The novel explores the American criminal justice system and was first published in 2008.

Skarsgard’s recent credits include “Atomic Blonde,” “Deadpool 2” and “Assassination Nation,” as well as “Castle Rock” and “Hemlock Grove.” He will next reprise his role as Pennywise in “It: Chapter Two,” which will hit theaters on Sept. 6. He will also star in “Villains” opposite Maika Monroe, which debuted at the 2019 SXSW film festival. It will release later this year.

He also recently wrapped production on “The Devil of All Time” opposite Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland and Mia Wasikowska, for director Antonio Campos. Skarsgard is represented by WME, Magnolia Entertainment and Narrative.

Palmer wrote the screenplay for “It” alongside Gary Dauberman and Cary Fukunaga. His other credits include “The Alienist” and “Neo-Noir.”

Anton is financing “A Naked Singularity” alongside 3311 Productions and Harold van Lier, Anton’s president of distribution, will be selling the film at the Cannes Film Festival this month.