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New Details, Date for Guillermo del Toro’s Fantasy ‘The Shape of Water’

While it’s pegged as a fantastical romantic drama, we never know what sort of genre tricks Guillermo del Toro has up his sleeve, and Fox Searchlight isn’t revealing anything to me about his next, The Shape of Water, which will arrive in theaters December 8, 2017.

While we wait to see more footage and keep in mind that del Toro’s masterpiece Pan’s Labyrinth was right up our alley, here’s what we know:

The Shape of Water is 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 forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.

Rounding out the cast are Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and Doug Jones.

With del Toro’s body of work – including Blade 2, Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth, Cronos, Mimic, Crimson Peak and even Pacific Rim – it’s hard to imagine this will be anything but something we should be covering.



  • Alanmac

    Del Toro? No thanks.

    • Red


      • Alanmac

        Hahaha. I get that a lot. He’s a talented director, but just not my cup of tea I guess. Loved Blade II and Pan’s Labyrinth but other than that he’s never been able to hit the mark again, for me at least anyway.

        • Red

          Fair enough. There’s also Devil’s Backbone.

  • Jada Maes

    The man is a gift.

  • J Jett

    this sounds awesome!

  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    he needs to stop making movies at hollywood, the quality of those movies compared to what he does with creative freedom is too much

  • Rez

    I’m always sold on del Toro’s work but I’m definitely excited to see Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins are in the cast. RJ is great in everything he is in…..I can’t wait to see this.

  • Doug Jones revealed in an interview it’s basically a love story…but with The Creature from the Black Lagoon type character.

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