Pop Goes The News — Guillermo del Toro’s love affair with Toronto continues.
The Mexican director will shoot his new movie The Shape of Water in the city beginning Aug. 1.
Reportedly set in the ‘60s, the movie follows a woman who falls for an amphibious man she sees being subjected to laboratory experiments. With the help of her neighbour, she hatches a plan to free him — only to find out life in the real world isn’t so safe for an amphibious man.
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine), Richard Jenkins (White House Down), Octavia Spencer (The Help) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Trumbo) are in talks to play roles in the Fox Searchlight film.
Del Toro, whose films include Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth, directed 2013’s Pacific Rim and last year’s Crimson Peak in Toronto — and produced 2013’s Mama and 2009’s Splice there.
His FX series The Strain is also made in the city.
The Shape of the Water will be in production in Toronto until mid-November.