Filmmaker Pedro Almodovar has shunned his muse Penelope Cruz for his first foray into horror - because he couldn't envision the Spanish beauty in the project.
The director has cast Antonio Banderas in his provisionally titled The Skin I Live In, which will be adapted from Thierry Jonquet's 1999 novel Tarantula, about a vengeful cosmetic surgeon.
He explains, "(It) will be close to a horror film, which was something I really wanted to do as I had never made one, but I will not respect any rules of the genre."
Almodovar admits he has been struggling with the script, but he won't turn to his favourite leading lady Cruz this time around: "If I can finally shoot it, it's because I have been able to solve the huge problems I had with the adaptation. I am stubborn and I could not abandon this story... The more I developed the story, the less I saw her (Cruz) in the role. But it's not important at all. I see her again in many more roles."
Almodovar has worked with the brunette in films including 2006's Volver and last year's (09) critically-acclaimed Broken Embraces.