Michael Shannon is being eyed to join the cast of Guillermo del Toro’s forthcoming otherworldly Cold War drama with the working title THE SHAPE OF WATER. The Oscar-nominated actor would join the growing cast of A-listers that includes Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Richard Jenkins is also in talks to join.
We’re hearing that the story is set in 1963 and centers around Elisa (Hawkins), a mute janitor working at a lab where an amphibious man is being held captive. Elisa falls in love the creature and tries to help him escape. Shannon is circling the role of the antagonist of the film.
Shannon can currently be seen in Elvis & Nixon as Elvis opposite Kevin Spacey’s President Nixon. He also starred in Jeff Nichols’s sci-fi drama, Midnight Special. Up next, he will collaborate with Nichols again for Loving and stars in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.
He is repped CAA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer