Almodovar’s $13m thriller starts shooting Monday for El Deseo.

Pedro Almodovar has added an array of Spanish stars, including Jan Cornet (There Be Dragons), Roberto Alamo (Take My Eyes), Blanca Suarez (Brain Drain), Eduard Fernandez (Biutiful), Jose Luis Gomez (Broken Embraces) and Fernando Cayo (The Orphanage) to the cast for his $13m film The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito).

They join Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya, who have already been confirmed as the leads in the horror/drama about a plastic surgeon who seeks revenge on the man who raped his daughter.

Based loosely on the novel Mygale by Thierry Jonquet, Pedro Almodovar describes the film as a “horror story without screams or shocks”.

The Almodovar brothers’ Madrid based company El Deseo is producing the film, which will shoot for 11 weeks from Monday (Aug 23) in the Galicia region of Northern Spain, including its capital city Santiago De Compostela, as well as in Madrid and Toledo, a small town just outside the Spanish capital.

The remaining cast for the project includes Marisa Paredes (The Devil’s Backbone, Talk To Her), Barbara Lennie (13 Roses), Susi Sanchez (The Milk Of Sorrow) and Teresa Manresa (Rojo Sangre).

FilmNation is handling international sales on the project, which they plan to start selling later this year.