The Shape of Water is the beautiful story of a mute janitor and her relationship to a fish-man that’s not unlike Hellboy‘s Abe. Watch the beautiful trailer below.
“An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1963. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.”
Between all the big Comic-Con trailers this one almost snuck up on me, fortunately I saw the name behind it and that was really all I needed to give it a look. Watching the trailer it soon became clear, The Shape of Water is very much a Guillermo del Toro movie. Out of his body of work I feel like this is more Pan’s Labyrinth del Toro and I love that, definitely a movie worth keeping an eye on. And of course the Hellboy fan in me wants to pretend this is Abe’s origin story.
Guillermo del Toro directed and co-wrote the screenplay for The Shape of Water with Vanessa Taylor. Starring in the film are Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones (Abe in Hellboy, so you know he is definitely the fish-man here too), Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and more.
The Shape of Water will premiere at the Venice International Film Festival (appropriate) in September, coming to US theaters December 8th.