As Monika first reported in May, Pedro Almodóvar's next movie is The Skin I'm In, a horror movie that begins shooting today which Almodóvar said will be "the harshest film I've ever written." The official casting list has been revealed, and surprisingly, his modern muse Penelope Cruz is nowhere to be found.

The Skin I'm In does reunite the director with Antonio Banderas, the star of Almodóvar's edgy Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, which made novel use of a wind-up bath toy, but his female costar will be Elena Anaya, who was in Talk to Her. The Skin I'm In is based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet, and while I'm sure some changes were made in its adaptation for the big screen, its description on, is certainly worth noting. It's slightly different than the shorter description on Amazon, which gives away all the goods. The main characters are a plastic surgeon who has an operating room in his basement and keeps his wife Eve locked up in their bedroom, a killer on the loose, and a kidnapper who tortures his prey in cruel and novel ways.
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