First Full Trailer for Guillermo del Toro's New Film 'The Shape of Water'

July 19, 2017
Source: YouTube

The Shape of Water Trailer

"This creature is intelligent… capable of understanding emotions." Fox Searchlight has revealed the first official trailer for Guillermo del Toro's new film, titled The Shape of Water. This fairy tale romance set in the 1960s at a secret government laboratory stars Sally Hawkins as a lonely, mute woman who discovers a classified "experiment" and falls in love with him. Doug Jones co-stars as the creature, which makes me think you could almost call this a Hellboy prequel about Abe Sapien specifically. It kind of has that vibe. The excellent cast includes Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins, Lauren Lee Smith, and John Kapelos. This looks really wonderful - it has that iconic Guillermo del Toro design to it, along with a nice mix of feelings ranging from mystery to romance to drama. I'm sold already.

Here's the first trailer (+ poster) for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, direct from YouTube:

The Shape of Water Poster

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 (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. Elisa's life is changed forver when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment. The Shape of Water is directed by visionary Mexican filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, of Cronos, Mimic, The Devil's Backbone, Blade II, Hellboy I & II, Pan's Labyrinth, and Crimson Peak previously. The screenplay is written by Guillermo del Toro & Vanessa Taylor; based on an idea by del Toro and Daniel Kraus. This is expected to premiere at the fall film festivals. Fox Searchlight will release GdT's The Shape of Water in select theaters starting December 8th this fall. First impression?

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This looks like a fine return to form. When this played in front of planet of the apes I thought for sure it was an Abe Sapien film. Especially with Doug Jones playing the creature.

Jon Odishaw on Jul 19, 2017


Yes to Jones! I think he is probably making this one for him.

DAVIDPD on Jul 19, 2017


Well it's about damn time. Needs for spotlight. Very impressive character actor.

Jon Odishaw on Jul 19, 2017


Getting flashes of "Splash" with the mermaid in the lab, and the fact that she's also a mute...

TheOct8pus on Jul 19, 2017


I'm a MERMAN!!!!!!!!!!

DAVIDPD on Jul 19, 2017


Well... beautiful.

Xerxexx on Jul 19, 2017


Looks like a Hellboy prequel – “The rise if Abe Sapien” – and I am sorry to say, it doesn’t convince me, seems too much like all the things we have seen from him before …

Darth Steef on Jul 19, 2017


All in! Fantastic cast. Sally Hawkins is always great.

Movie Bear on Jul 19, 2017


Guillermo Del Toro's talent is somewhat overrated. Visually, he's an artist, but crafting a well thought out movie with story, he struggles with. His crowning moments are Hellboy and Pan's Labyrinth (which I wasn't a fan of). This looks like more of the same from him. Visually stunning, but mediocre overall.

THE_RAW_ on Jul 19, 2017


And the Devil's backbone. Very good movie. ( Mimic was good too). But yes, he seems to struggle nowadays in delivering a compelling story.

tarek on Jul 19, 2017


Devil's Backbone was just okay to me. Fairly predictable but at least the story was original.

THE_RAW_ on Jul 19, 2017


Devil's backbone was the precursor of Pan's Labyrinth. I wasn't particularly interested by the ghost story, which was just a Mcguffin used to tell a human drama. I liked the authentic atmosphere and the historical period

tarek on Jul 19, 2017


Agreed. The Spanish Civil War and orphanage was a great set piece.

THE_RAW_ on Jul 19, 2017


Not a big fan of Guillermo but I have a lot of respect for anyone who is a cinephile like myself. This movie looks like his ET. I will see it with an open mind.

ragethorn on Jul 19, 2017


I would hazard to guess that the third act is going to be going off the rails!!

DAVIDPD on Jul 19, 2017


It looks like an M. Night Shyamalan and a Tim Burton movie had a baby!!

DAVIDPD on Jul 19, 2017


The James Jean poster is a bonus. Love Sally Hawkins, but will it be another movie that is visually beautiful but has no story? I hope it isn't.

Carpola on Jul 19, 2017


There's a good cast in it, but as for the story, I'm not sure. It looks like some old-fashioned creature films from 1950s. Some of those were good. This one hopes to combine compelling idea of story and fascinate visuals... Who knows? Especially when this director can forget about the narrative and takes care only about the good picture ...

shiboleth on Jul 19, 2017


First impression:boring as hell but that doesn't mean nothing. Valerian looked beautiful and turns out to be a mess of epic proportions..

ari smulders on Jul 19, 2017

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