Guillermo del Toro’s latest, The Shape of Water, has started production. It’s a project del Toro has been taking up on Twitter for some time now, and it seems things are ready to go. And the cast is impressive.
Michael Shannon, Doug Jones, Sally Hawkins, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg headline the story of a human who falls in love with a merman (no, not Channing Tatum’s merman in the Splash reboot), set against the backdrop of the 60s Cold War. That definitely sounds like something unique.
“I started working on The Shape of Water right around the time we moved to Toronto for Pacific Rim” del Toro said. “Working with Fox Searchlight and being supported by this beautiful group of actors and artists, I feel extremely blessed and brave.”
Producer J. Miles Dale added: “It feels like we have an embarrassment of riches on this film. An ensemble of incredible actors who are working at the very top of their craft, a wildly original story from Guillermo’s one-of-a-kind mind, and the brilliant team at Fox Searchlight to shepherd us along.”
There’s no indication that the supernatural/horror elements – aside from a man with a fish tail – typical in a Guillermo del Toro Joint will be prevalent in The Shape of Water. The rest of the story is under wraps. There’s no release date yet either, but hey, cameras are rolling, and when it comes to Guillermo del Toro that is great news.