Guillermo del Toro Starts Shooting ‘The Shape of Water’ with Sally Hawkins

Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro (Photo by Richard Chavez)

Filming just got underway on Guillermo del Toro’s new movie, The Shape of Water, starring Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Octavia Spencer. Described as “other-worldly,” the Fox Searchlight film was written by del Toro and Vanessa Taylor (Game of Thrones) and is produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale. Commenting on the start of production, del Toro said, “I started working on The Shape of Water right around the time we moved to Toronto for Pacific Rim. Working with Fox Searchlight and being supported by this beautiful group of actors and artists, I feel extremely blessed and brave.”

“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,” stated producer J. Miles Dale.

Luis Sequeria (The Strain) is the film’s costume designer, Dan Laustsen (Crimson Peak) is on board as director of photography, and Paul Austerberry (Pompeii) is the producer designer. Dennis Berardi (Mama) is supervising the visual effects and Sidney Wolinsky (House of Cards) is attached as editor.

“We are thrilled to be working with Guillermo del Toro as he is the ultimate visionary director. He has brought together an amazingly talented cast to bring this brilliant and unique story to life,” added Fox Searchlight Pictures’ Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley.

The very basic plot:The Shape of Water is an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. A mysterious and magical journey from Guillermo del Toro.”