Guillermo del Toro, the legendary director behind such films as Pans Labyrinth, The Shape of Water, Hellboy and Crimson's Peak, is set to be recognized for his cinematic achievements with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. The ceremony, which takes place tomorrow (August 6), will be emceed by the president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. There's also two notable guest speakers lined up for the occasion: JJ Abrams and Lana Del Rey.
Abrams' appearance here makes total sense — Del Toro is reportedly writing and directing the producer's upcoming film, Zanbato. But Lana? I can't really tell you what the connection is there, besides their common "Del" and the fact that it just spiritually makes sense. It has been rumored that Lana will release a cover of Donovan's "Season Of The Witch" for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which del Toro produced. It's out this Friday.
Word has it that del Toro is also currently casting a colossal adaptation of John Grisham's 1946 novel Nightmare Alley, with Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett reportedly up for roles. The film will tell the story of con artists at an old timey carnival. There's been no announcement as to whether Lana is up for a role or anything, but I'll just put it out there: Guillermo, I'd like to see it. In the mean time, I'll be tuning in for his Walk Of Fame ceremony at 11:30 a.m. PST, which will be streaming live here.
[Update: 2:30 p.m. EST]
Lana has officially announced the release of her cover of Donovan's "Season of the Witch" for Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. No word on when the track will be released, but she's shared a brief snippet of it on her Instagram. Check it out below.