This is the face of a nightmare.

A new image of Pennywise the clown has been released ahead of the remake of Stephen King classic It.

Played by Bill Skarsgard, the reboot is due for release in September 2017 and is directed by Andres Muschietti.

Pennywise is a central figure in the film, a terrifying clown who lures children into drains using handfuls of red balloons and is controlled by a larger force known as 'It'.

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The new photo of Pennywise was revealed by Entertainment Weekly, and Skarsgard told the publication his version of the iconic character was "extreme".

"It's beyond even a sociopath, because he's not even human. He's not even a clown. I'm playing just one of the beings 'It' creates."

It was a two-part TV miniseries that aired in 1990 based on Stephen King's 1986 novel of the same name.

It has grown a cult following over the years thanks to Tim Curry's performance of Pennywise the Clown, and his key catch phrase: "They all float down here".