Guillermo del Toro is one of the few directors in Hollywood working today we’re always going to pay attention to. And the iconic director has just dropped the final trailer for his latest flick. True to his gothic fantasy back catalogue, The Shape of Water is an other-worldly tale set to the backdrop of the 1960s Cold War. And quite honestly, we think it looks fantastic.

Guillermo del Toro’s 'The Shape of Water' Film Trailer

Written by del Toro himself alongside Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water stars the always superb Sally Hawkins as Elisa, a lonely and mute cleaning lady who works in a high-security government laboratory. Set in 1962 with the Soviet spies around every corner, a new specimen arrives into the lab: a mysterious amphibian man, played by an unrecognisable Doug Jones.

Alongside her co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer), Elisa discovers the classified fish man and strikes up an unlikely friendship with him. Elisa witnesses a terrifying Michael Shannon and his co-workers perform experiments on the creature and decides to stage an intervention…


The film premiered earlier this year at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it received rave reviews. And judging from the trailer, it’s not hard to see why. Though it probably does give a little too much away for our liking, the trailer deals with the spies and sci-fi weirdness with a real tenderness. It’s also unmistakably del Toro with the fish-man looking strikingly curious.

Co-starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Doug Jones, Octavia Spencer, Richard Jenkins and Michael Stuhlbarg, The Shape of Water is due to hit all UK cinemas on 16th February 2018 – right in time for the Oscars. Check out the full trailer below and let us know what you think!




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