Guillermo del Toro's next project is a supernatural drama set during the Cold War

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Mar 21, 2016, 11:18 AM EDT

Guillermo del Toro is currently hard at work on a mystery supernatural drama, and it’s said the famed director will tackle a period of U.S. history that’s apparently not quite his alley.

According to Variety, the Crimson Peak director’s next movie will be a mysterious and magical journey set against the backdrop of 1963 Cold War-era America, with an otherworldly love story at its core.

Even though details of del Toro’s next opus are being kept under wraps, the movie is currently knee-deep in casting, with sources saying that this project has always been a top priority for the director and that shooting will begin sometime this summer.

Del Toro will be writing, producing and directing the as-of-yet-untitled film under Fox Searchlight’s banner and Deadline reports that Sally Hawkins (Godzilla) has been tapped to topline the Hellboy director’s film, while Octavia Spencer (Snowpiercer, The Divergent Series - Allegiant) is currently in talks to board the movie, as well.

Guillermo del Toro’s most recent project was last year's haunting gothic horror story Crimson Peak with Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston and Jessica Chastain. He’s also been working on a stop-motion animated Pinocchio movie since 2008 and has written the script for Pacific Rim 2 (Pacific Rim: Maelstrom) now set be helmed by Steven S. DeKnight (Angel, Spartacus, Daredevil).

A few months ago, the director was reportedly “in talks” to direct James Cameron’s long-gestating adaptation of Fantastic Voyage, but nothing concrete's actually come out of it (that we know of, yet). Then, a week later, news came out that he was also reportedly (yep, again) attached to helm a live-action movie adaptation of teen horror books Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which has been in development for a while. Again, nothing has ever been officially confirmed.

What do you think? Are you guys intrigued by Guillermo del Toro's upcoming supernatural drama movie? What do you think of the casting of Sally Hawkins and, possibly, Octavia Spencer?

(via Variety, Deadline)