Will Poulter is set to play the evil clown in the remake of 'It'.

The 'We're the Millers' actor has been chosen to play the much sought-after role of Pennywise - the evil monster who lured in children disguised as a clown - in the upcoming remake of Stephen King's horror classic.

According to Variety movie website, 'True Detective' creator Cary Fukunaga will direct the production, which will be split into two horrifying feature films.

And Cary is believed to have been blown away by the 22-year-old star's audition, after previously considering older actors including Mark Rylance and Ben Mendelsohn for the role.

The original 'It' story followed a group of outcast kids who come together over summer break to take on the monster that's haunting their town.

The popular book was made into a TV miniseries in 1991 starring John Ritter and Tim Curry, however a film was never made.

The 37-year-old director added he intends to stay true to the 900-page novel, but will shoot one movie focusing on the protagonists as kids and another focusing on them as adults in an attempt to cut-down the lengthy story.

The role comes after it was announced Will has been cast to star opposite Leonardo Dicaprio in 'The Revenant'.