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The trailer for director Guillermo del Toro’s new fantasy film The Shape of Water has debuted online via Fox Searchlight’s YouTube channel. The trailer originally dropped this past weekend before War for the Planet of the Apes, but it is now available to view online for everyone. You can check out the trailer below:
The Shape of Water tells the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins) who works in a secret, high-security government laboratory during the Cold War-era America, circa 1963. Her isolated and lonely life changes suddenly when she and coworker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a classified experiment in the lab. The official synopsis for the film is brief, so there aren’t too many details currently.
This genre and style of this film fits right into the wheelhouse of Guillermo del Toro. The film has managed to snag an R-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America. Initially many thought that the film may be more in the horror genre, but del Toro clarified back in May that the film will be more of a fairy tale story. Clearly the film will have some mature content if it warranted an R-rating. Based on the initial trailer, its safe to say the film will have elements of a love story as well, seeing Elisa spark a potential romance with the experimental “fish man” she discovers. This creature will be played by Doug Jones, who played other fantastical characters and creature in Pan’s Labyrinth and Crimson Peak. Fans are in for a real treat when the movie releases in theaters. If the trailer is any indication of what to expect, the film should be another visually stunning and dynamic narrative from the director.
The cast for The Shape of Water includes the previously mentioned Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer as well as Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Lauren Lee Miller.
The Shape of Water is set to hit theaters December 8, 2017.
Images: Fox Searchlight Pictures