Fox Searchlight Pictures' Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley announced that principal photography on The Shape of Water began today in Toronto, Canada. The film stars Academy Award nominee Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine, Happy Go-Lucky), Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road, 99 Homes), Academy Award nominee Richard Jenkins (The Visitor, Olive Kitteridge), Doug Jones (Crimson Peak, Hellboy), Golden Globe nominee Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious ManSteve Jobs) and Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer (The Help, Gifted). Academy Award nominated Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, Crimson Peak) will direct and co-write with Vanessa Taylor (Game of Thrones, Divergent). The film is being produced by del Toro and J. Miles Dale (The Vow, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World). Here's what Guillermo del Toro had to say in his statement.

"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."
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The Shape of Water is an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. The film is described as a mysterious and magical journey from Guillermo del Toro. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. Here's what producer J. Miles Dale had to say in his statement.

"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."

Joining del Toro on the film are long time collaborators costume designer Luis Sequeira (The Strain, Mama, Carrie), director of photography Dan Laustsen - (John Wick Chapter Two, Crimson Peak, Mimic), visual effects supervisor Dennis Berardi (Crimson Peak, Mama, Fight Club) and editor Sidney Wolinsky (The Strain, House of Cards, The Sopranos). New to the team is production designer Paul Austerberry (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, Pompeii). Co-Heads of Production David Greenbaum and Matthew Greenfield and Vice President of Production DanTram Nguyen are overseeing the project for Fox Searchlight Pictures. Here's what Fox Searchlight Pictures' Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley had to say in their joint statement.

"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."

Fox Searchlight Pictures is a specialty film company that both finances and acquires motion pictures. It has its own marketing and distribution operations, and the films are distributed internationally by Twentieth Century Fox. Fox Searchlight Pictures is a unit of 21st Century Fox. Stay tuned for more updates on The Shape of Water as production continues in Toronto.