Cabinet Of Curiosities

A Guillermo del Toro-curated anthology series is coming to Netflix
By Alex James Taylor | Film+TV | 2 September 2021
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The Shape of Water by Guillermo Del Toro, 2017

Netflix has commissioned Guillermo del Toro to curate a special live-action anthology series titled Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities.

Consisting of eight episodes and described as “a macabre mash-up of genre-defining horror”, the Shape of Water director has hand-chosen filmmakers and stars to create each chapter. And the auteur has chosen well: one episode will be directed by Jennifer Kent, who reunites with The Babadook star Essie Davis alongside Andrew Lincoln and Hannah Galway on an original story written by del Toro; director Guillermo Navarro (Narcos) takes the helm on another original del Toro story alongside a cast that includes Tim Blake Nelson and Elpidia Carrillo; another episode will be helmed by the wonder Panos Cosmatos (Mandy); and another by A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night director Ana Lily Amirpour.

Great news for del Toro fans, who can also expect his next feature film, Nightmare Alley, later this year, and his much-anticipated animated retelling of Pinocchio soon after. See the full list of Guillermo del Toro’s Cabinet Of Curiosities cast and episodes below.

  • Essie Davis (The Babadook), Andrew Lincoln (The Walking Dead) and Hannah Galway (Sex/Life) star in an episode written (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro) and directed by Jennifer Kent (The Babadook)
  • Amadeus Oscar winner F. Murray Abraham (Mythic Quest), Glynn Turman (Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom) and Luke Roberts (Ransom) will appear in an episode written by David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) (based on a short story by Michael Shea), and directed by David Prior (The Empty Man).
  • Tim Blake Nelson (Watchmen), Elpidia Carrillo (Euphoria), Demetrius Grosse (Fear The Walking Dead) and Sebastian Roché (The Man in the High Castle) star in an episode written by Regina Corrado (Deadwood; The Strain) (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro); and directed by Guillermo Navarro (Godfather of Harlem; Narcos)
  • Crispin Glover (River’s Edge) and Ben Barnes (Shadow and Bone) star in an episode written by Lee Patterson (Curve) (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft) and directed by Keith Thomas (Firestarter)
  • Peter Weller (Star Trek Into Darkness) stars in an episode directed by Panos Cosmatos (Mandy), who also writes along with Aaron Stewart-Ahn
  • Mika Watkins (Origin) writes an episode (based on a short story by H.P. Lovecraft) directed by Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight); with cast to be announced
  • David Hewlett (See) cast in an episode written (based on a short story by Henry Kuttner) and directed by Vincenzo Natali (Hannibal)
  • Haley Z. Boston (Brand New Cherry Flavor) serves as writer of an episode (based on a short story by comic book author Emily Carroll) directed by Ana Lily Amirpour (A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) with cast to be confirmed.

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