Actress says she prefers to call the new take on the 1977 Italian horror classic a "cover".

Tilda Swinton has insisted her new Suspiria movie isn’t a “remake”, calling it a “cover” instead.

Swinton and Dakota Johnson are currently shooting the film with director Luca Guadagnino. He and Swinton have previously worked together on the movies I Am Love and A Bigger Splash.

Explaining how their new Suspiria compares to the 1977 original, an Italian horror film about a young ballerina who uncovers sinister secrets at a prestigious dance school, Swinton told Digital Spy: “It’s a cover. We’re not particularly keen on remakes. We made a film which people mistakenly called a remake of La Piscine, called A Bigger Splash.”

“Now the film is out people can see it’s not a remake, it’s a completely different film,” she added.

Swinton will play a senior teacher at the dance school, while Johnson portrays the young ballerina. Chloe Grace Moretz has also been cast in an unknown role.

“It’s a film that’s inspired by Suspiria that loves Dario Argento’s [original] film. That’s all I can promise you,” Swinton also said.

Swinton is currently appearing as the Ancient One in Doctor Strange, the new Marvel movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch. Read the NME review here. Suspiria is expected to be released at some point in 2017.