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Just when I thought this movie couldn’t sound any cooler.

Remember that super awesome sounding merman Guillermo Del Toro film I wrote about the other day? Of course you do, but here’s the article just to refresh your memory. All caught up? Good. Let’s get to it.

The always fantastic Michael Shannon has just signed on to play the villain in Del Toro’s latest film, The Shape Of The Water, a cold war romance thriller about a merman. Sounds like classic Del Toro. I’m pretty jazzed about Shannon signing on with this film. He is almost always the best part  of and elevates whatever project he’s attached to (cough Man of Steel cough) so I’m really looking forward to his collaboration with Del Toro. Plus, another villainous role? Sign me up.

Here’s the full synopsis:

While details have long been kept under wraps, we’re hearing that the fairytale, set in 1963, centers around Elisa (Sally 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 (Richard Jenkins). The world outside of the lab, however, may prove to be more dangerous for the amphibious man than Elisa could have anticipated.

Sounds very Creature From the Black Lagoon-esque, which I think has a lot of potential. I think a film of that vein directed by Del Toro could be very intriguing. I was initially nervous about whether or not this project would see the light of day, as is rare with Del Toro films, but the ball is rolling on this one pretty fast, in which case I’ll count myself as optimistic.

The Shape of Water is set to star Richard Jenkins, Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and now Michael Shannon.


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