The first trailer for director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is on its way. In terms of celebrated modern-day filmmakers, there are few who have the same kind of intense fan following that del Toro has – one that has only grown more and more with the director’s reputation over the years. While del Toro’s last film, 2015’s gothic horror Crimson Peak, was met with some divisive reactions by both critics and fans alike, the filmmaker is set to return to the big screen again this year, with his newest R-rated cinematic venture in The Shape of Water.
Described as a fantasy adventure film, The Shape of Water is an other-worldly fairy tale set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America around 1963. It revolves around lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) in the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works and is trapped in a life of silence and isolation. However, Elisa’s life is then changed forever when she and her co-worker, Zelda (Octavia Spencer), discover a secret classified experiment.
Arriving just three months after The Shape of Water received its official R rating, Trailer-Track is reporting that the first trailer for the film has finally been rated by the Ontario Film Authority. The trailer is expected to be released in theaters with 20th Century Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes – where it will only then be released online after that film’s opening weekend. While no official confirmation regarding that release plan has come yet, it would make sense since both movies are being distributed by Fox.
In addition to receiving an official rating, the trailer’s classification reveals that it will be two minutes long, and even offers hints as to what will be revealed throughout it. So while no official details or scenes are described, the trailer does contain scenes with “some grotesque images in a fantasy, comedic or historic context, that may cause a child brief anxiety, or fear,” and some “restrained portrayals of non-graphic violence.” And as most del Toro fans would agree, that all sounds about par for the course when it comes to his films.
As of right now, with nothing having been officially released from The Shape of Water yet, it remains one of this year’s most interesting wild card films. But, with del Toro’s reputation and the film’s stunning ensemble of actors – which includes Hawkins, Spencer, Michael Shannon, Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Lauren Lee Miller, and more – it’s hard not to be excited about what might be in store with it, when it hits theaters later this year. And now, fortunately, it doesn’t look like fans will have to wait much longer before they finally get their first taste of what The Shape of Water has to offer.
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