Fox Searchlight announced today that principle photography has commenced on The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro‘s follow-up to last year’s Crimson Peak.
The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg and frequent del Toro collaborator Doug Jones. “Being supported by this beautiful group of actors and artists, I feel extremely blessed and brave,” del Toro said in a statement.
Set in 1963, Fox Searchlight described the project as “an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America.” Rumor has it that the “mysterious and magical journey” will concern a merperson. Del Toro and Game of Thrones veteran Vanessa Taylor co-wrote the script.
“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. We’re all very excited to see how far we can take it,” said producer J. Miles Dale.
Scheduled for a 2017 release, production is taking place in Toronto, Canada.