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Del Toro wants Hurt for new project

Guillermo del Toro has revealed his hope of signing John Hurt to star in a "bizarre" new film he is working on.

The Mexican director told Collider.com that before he begins production on the sequel to his sci fi adventure Pacific Rim, he plans to shoot a small film in black and white, which in his own words is "really, really bizarre".

Guillermo revealed: "Right away, in February, March I should [start on] another very small movie, black and white, really, really bizarre before starting - we start pre-production on Pacific Rim 2 in August, and then I interrupt it briefly to go into the first of next year to do this strange little movie, and then I restart it and go all the way until we start shooting Pacific Rim 2 at the end of 2015 for release in 2017."

He added: "It's a very small cast. I would love to have John Hurt, and there's an actress that I have in mind that is not well-known but I've seen her in a short film. That's all she's really done, one feature and one short, but she has an incredibly interesting taste and I'm gonna try her out for the main role."

The Hobbit director - who created extraordinary creatures for his award-winning fantasy film Pan's Labyrinth - was giving very little away about his new film.

He teased "There's one great creature in it."

And while he confirmed he has given the movie a title, he would not disclose what it was.

Guillermo said: "I'd rather do the projects and then show them to people than talk about them. I think that it's going to be a nice thing for people to know which one is it and where it came from when it's a reality."

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