Octavia Spencer continues to line up some really intriguing projects. On the heels of the box office smash that has been “Hidden Figures,” which tells the untold true story of the African American women mathematicians who worked at NASA during the Civil Rights era, the actress is now set to co-star in director Guillermo Del Toro’s Cold War era movie, which now has a titled, “The Shape of Water,” and is described as a mysterious and magical journey set against the backdrop of 1963 America, with an otherworldly love story at the center of it.
Details were previously being kept underwraps, but we now have some idea of what the story is, and what role Spencer has signed up to play; from Fox Searchlight: In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
That’s all we’ve been told; not much, but certainly more than we knew before. How involved Spencer’s Zelda will be in the overall story will be revealed eventually. But it’s definitely an intriguing project given what we know of the story, as well as the names attached, notably director Del Toro who rarely disappoints.
Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.
Del Toro is writing, producing and directing “The Shape of Water” for Fox Searchlight, which is currently in post-production, with a December 8, 2017 release date now set.
In addition to “Hidden Figures,” Spencer also co-starred in “The Shack” in which she essentially plays God, and “Gifted” with Chris Evans, which was released earlier this month.