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Guillermo del Toro Wants to Cast John Hurt and Unknown Actress in Black-and-White Indie

Thompson on Hollywood By Nick Newman | Thompson on Hollywood July 10, 2014 at 10:50AM

Obviously refusing to bide what little free time there is, Guillermo del Toro will fill the less-than-wide gap between next year’s “Crimson Peak” and 2017’s “Pacific Rim 2” with, somehow, yet another feature.

Guillermo del Toro
Guillermo del Toro

Obviously refusing to bide what little free time he has, Guillermo del Toro will fill the gap between next year’s “Crimson Peak” and 2017’s “Pacific Rim 2” with yet another feature. Described to Collider as “really, really bizarre"--surprise!-- it’s a black-and-white picture with “one great creature in it” — and that's about as much as he'll reveal. Even the title remains under wraps, given the writer-director's preference for letting people in on his secret once the time is right.

One interesting casting note: an unknown actress who caught his eye in a short film is his pick to lead his “very small” team. He's also interested in John Hurt. While nothing is confirmed — Hurt and del Toro worked together on two “Hellboy” films — the combination of director, star, and approach is enticing indeed.

The plan calls for things to gear up in February or March, with production interrupting pre-production work on “Pacific Rim 2” for a short time. That sequel should arrive on April 7th, 2017; “Crimson Peak,” meanwhile, hits on October 15th, 2015.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.