The director, famous for working with the same actresses (Carmen Maura, Penelope Cruz) across several films has chosen two relative newcomers for Silenco, his 20th film.
Emma Suárez and Adriana Ugarte will be the latest "chicas Almodóvar" or Almodóvar girls. Both actresses will play the character of Juliet, in a film that spans 30 years in her life, from 1985 to 2015.
Suárez, 50, will play the older Juliet while Ugarte will take on the younger version of the title character.
"I don’t at all like the use of excessive makeup to age actors," the director told Spanish daily newspaper El País, "I prefer to have two different performances and play with the viewer’s imagination."
The film will deal with themes of pain and abandonment and is set to be much darker than the director’s last film, 2013’s airline-based comedy, "I’m So Excited".
"At each stage she abandons someone or something important in her life," said Almodóvar. "One particularly essential is the abandonment of her daughter, who she leaves behind inexplicably.
"The silence of the title refers first to the mother, then to the daughter," said Almodóvar.
The film is a departure for Almodóvar in that he is working with a host of newcomers, including Inma Cuesta, Nathalie Poza, Michelle Jenner, Susi Sánchez, Pilar Castro, Mariam Bachir and Blanca Parés.
The only Almodóvar regular will be Rossy de Palma, who has starred in six of the director’s previous films.
The film, which will begin shooting on May 6th, will be produced by El Deseo, the production company the Spanish director started along with his brother, Augustín, who has produced all of his films since 1987’s Law of Desire.
Almodóvar is well-known for championing Spanish actresses, many of whom he has worked with on more than one of his films. He is also regarded as a "women's director"; the majority of his films are centred around female relationships, mothers, daughters and friendships that are brought front and centre, while the male characters languish in the background.