Meet Guillermo del Toro's Newest Creature in Dreamy First Trailer for 'The Shape of Water'

The newly-released trailer gives a glimpse of del Toro's upcoming other-worldly fantasy romance and introduces his newest creature which looks beautiful, but dangerous.

AceShowbiz - The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's upcoming movie "The Shape of Water" has been released by Fox Searchlight. It introduces del Toro's newest creature, an aquatic man. The "merman" is portrayed by %cDoug Jones%, the actor behind Abe, another amphibian creature in del Toro's "Hellboy" movie series.

The approximately-2-and-a-half minute video also shows how the creature fascinates Elisa (%cSally Hawkins%), a mute, lonely woman who works as the janitor in the lab where the creature is held captive. "When he looks at me, he doesn't know I am incomplete," she says in sign language. Judging by the trailer, she develops romantic feelings for him and attempts to set him free.

An other-worldly fairy tale, "The Shape of Water" is 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 (%cOctavia Spencer%) discover a secret classified experiment.

In addition to directing the fantasy romance, del Toro serves as co-producer and co-scribe. Set to be released in the United States this year on December 8, the movie also stars %cMichael Shannon% as Strickland and %cRichard Jenkins% as Elisa's neighbor named Giles.

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