Shannon joins a cast that is already filled with noteworthy actors, including Godzilla‘s Sally Hawkins, The Divergent Series‘ Octavia Spencer, and Cabin in the Woods‘ Richard Jenkins. It is unknown what roles Shannon and his co-stars will be playing at this point.
Indeed, few details are forthcoming about the latest Del Toro vehicle. Following up the highly successful blockbuster Pacific Rim with the more restrained Crimson Peak, the acclaimed director appears to be interested in revisiting the kind of modestly-budgeted but no less fantastic films he first became known for. The little that has been disclosed about The Shape of Water seems to indicate as much:
Although details are being kept under wraps, the project is described broadly 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.” Making it under the Searchlight banner indicates this will be significantly smaller in scope to Del Toro’s previous projects (Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak) and be geared more towards awards season than box office, ala Pan’s Labyrinth. There are also rumors that the film will center around an amphibious man being held captive in a lab.
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