Guillermo del Toro revealed in a recent interview with Indiewire that Alexandre Desplat is set to compose the music for the director’s upcoming fantasy drama The Shape of Water. The film stars Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg and Octavia Spencer. The movie is described as an other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. Del Toro has also written the screenplay with Vanessa Taylor (Divergent, Hope Springs) and is producing the project with J. Miles Dale (Mama, The Strain). Desplat has previously scored the del Toro-produced Rise of the Guardians and composed the main titles theme for the del Toro-created Netflix series Trollhunters. The Shape of Water is currently in post-production and will be released in 2017 by Fox Searchlight.
Desplat’s other upcoming projects include Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.