With anticipation and awards buzz growing out of its incredibly well-received screening at the Venice Film Festival, Fox Searchlight released a new red band trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s fantasy-drama The Shape of Water. Unlike previous trailers, this time we get a much better look at Doug Jones‘ mysterious aquatic “Asset” and how he serves as the centerpiece of a fight for survival.
Here’s a look at the newest trailer for The Shape of Water, as well as a summary from Fox Searchlight:
“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 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.”
Three additional takeaways from the trailer: we get a much better sense of the humor-with-an-edge-of-danger in the film with the scene towards the end when Elisa gives Shannon’s villainous government official a “special message” and the way he reacts; and the relationships between Elisa/Zelda and Elisa/Giles (Jenkins) are better defined for the viewer; and a demonstrated deeper bond between Elisa and “The Asset.”
For del Toro, it was important for him to tell a “monster story” that would turn the conventions of the generic “monster movie” on its head:
“The ideas I wanted to put in the movie, the reversal…to make the image of the creature carrying the girl a beautiful one, as opposed to a horror image. And make the guy, that is usually the good guy in the ’50s sci-fi movies, with a nice suit and a square jaw, I wanted to make him the bad guy.”
Directed by del Toro from a script he penned with Vanessa Taylor, The Shape of Water is set for a domestic release by Fox Searchlight on December 8, 2017.