Guillermo del Toro took part in his first Facebook Live event to answer questions from fans about his upcoming film, The Shape of Water. He also used the live event to introduce the third and final theatrical trailer for the romantic fantasy featuring a fish man caged in a laboratory.
Guillermo del Toro’s fairy tale film is generating Oscar buzz and is currently sitting at an incredible 97% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Out of 67 reviews registered on the site, only two are negative. The majority of critics rank The Shape of Water as one of Guillermo del Toro’s best films, with Alistair Ryder from Film Inquiry saying it’s “del Toro’s finest film since Pan’s Labyrinth, and certainly the best film he has ever made in the English language.”
Sarah Kurchak from Consequence of Sound describes the R-rated drama as “both a love story and a love letter to monster movies, musicals, and classic cinema.”
Written, produced, and directed by del Toro, The Shape of Water stars Sally Hawkins (Maudie, Godzilla), Michael Shannon (Nocturnal Animals, Elvis & Nixon), Richard Jenkins (Olive Kitteridge), Doug Jones (Crimson Peak, Pan’s Labyrinth), Michael Stuhlbarg (Fargo, Call Me by Your Name), and Octavia Spencer (Hidden Figures, Gifted). Vanessa Taylor co-wrote the screenplay. J. Miles Dale produced and Liz Sayre executive produced.
Fox Searchlight has set an awards season theatrical release date of December 8, 2017.
The Plot: From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes The Shape of Water – an other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa’s life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.