Coming Distractions: Dive into the first trailer for Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape Of Water

Although Guillermo Del Toro recently revealed that the real reason for his Pacific Rim 2 departure was the rather prosaic “scheduling issues,” the film he made in the interim is anything but. Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for The Shape Of Water, an otherworldly romance directed and co-written by Del Toro. The film stars Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a lonely, mute woman who’s on the cleaning staff at a covert government facility run by Michael Shannon’s Strickland. Elisa’s daily routine, which the trailer perfectly captures in all its humdrum detail, and her life are upended when she connects with the aquatic creature (Del Toro repertory player Doug Jones) being studied at the lab. Their unexpected romance goes over poorly, even with Elisa’s otherwise supportive neighbor (Richard Jenkins), and it’s not long before Strickland wants to gut the poor creature.

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