Los Angeles: Michael Shannon is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro's untitled supernatural romance film.

The project, which has been rumoured to be titled 'The Shape of Water', is set in 1963 with Michael Shannon playing the villain of the story, reports variety.com.

A mute laboratory worker, to be played by Sally Hawkins, falls in love with an amphibious man who's being held captive.

Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg will co-star in the film. del Toro is directing and producing with Callum Greene, who worked with him on both 'Pacific Rim' and 'Crimson Peak'.

Michael Shannon stars in Jeff Nichols' 'Midnight Special', Liza Johnson's 'Elvis & Nixon' and as General Zod in Zack Snyder's 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice'.

He also starred in Nichols's interracial marriage drama 'Loving' and Tom Ford's 'Nocturnal Animals'.