One of the busiest producer-director-writers in Hollywood over the last few years, Guillermo del Toro has given us dramatic visual big-screen experiences such as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth‘ and ‘The Devil’s Backbone’ to go along with more mainstream fare like ‘Pacific Rim‘ and ‘Hellboy.’ Earlier this year, it was reported that he had taken a deal with Fox Searchlight to write, direct, and produce a Cold War-set drama with supernatural elements.
The official description of the film came down as “a mysterious and magical journey set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963 with an otherworldly love story at the center of it.” in an unspecified role, Octavia Spencer was the sole cast member confirmed at the time. Now, however, a rumor has surfaced that claims to have specific knowledge of not only the title of the film but also further casting details and plot information.
According to the report that first originated at the website The Film Stage, the film is called ‘The Shape of Water’ and will also star Sally Hawkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Richard Jenkins in addition to Spencer. They describe the plot thusly:
We’re hearing that the fairytale, set in 1963, centers around Elisa (Hawkins), a mute janitor working at a lab where an amphibious man is being held captive. When Elisa falls in love with the creature, she devises a plan to help him escape with the assistance of her neighbor (Jenkins). The world outside of the lab, however, may prove to be more dangerous for the amphibious man than Elisa could have anticipated.
Filming on the production is slated to start later this year, which means the movie will likely hit theaters sometime in 2017. Also currently on del Toro’s plate are confirmed jobs directing a ‘Fantastic Voyage’ remake and working to adapt the horror-novel series ‘Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.‘
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