It’s new Pennywise is the clown face of your nightmares

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Bill Skarsgard as Pennyswise
They all float down here Bill Skarsgard as Pennyswise Image Picture EW

Prepare to revisit your clown-based childhood nightmares.

Stephen King’s It is being remade, and the first look at sinister horror villain Pennywise has just been revealed.

Arriving courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, the shadowy image is unmistakably the visage of one of King’s most iconic characters.

The demon will be back to prey on the children of small town Maine in the adaptation in 2017, with Swedish actor Bill ‘son of Stellan’ Skarsgard taking over the role from Tim Curry.

“It’s important that we do something fresh and original for this one. It’s purposely not going toward that weird, greasy look,” Skarsgard said.

“It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt.”

Adding of the evil entity in jester form: “It truly enjoys the shape of the clown Pennywise, and enjoys the game and the hunt. What’s funny to this evil entity might not be funny to everyone else. But he thinks it’s funny.”

The cast for the film includes Jaeden Lieberher, Finn Wolfhard, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff, Chosen Jacobs and Jeremy Ray Taylor, while the director of low-key chiller Mama, Andy Muschietti, is on board to make it.

True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga also had a hand in the script so expect this to be dark and weird as hell.

The new It will reportedly play out across two movies; the first following the characters as kids, before the follow-up sees them grown up with no memory of Pennywise. Naturally, he’ll be back to scare the sh*t out of them again.

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