|Guillermo Del Toro|
Another secretive project from a top director, The Shape of Water will be Guillermo del Toro’s tenth feature film. Billed as a fantasy adventure– like nearly all his works– Water will tell the story of Elisa (Sally Hawkins), a mute janitor who works at a laboratory during the Cold War. Elisa encounters an “amphibious man” who has been captured and kept for study, whom she then falls in love with and conspires with her neighbor (Richard Jenkins) to set free. The plot is not dissimilar to a dramatic version of Splash (1984), but it’s safe to assume that del Toro’s skill as a storyteller will push the film into more emotional territory.
The Shape of Water will also follow in the grand tradition of del Toro films that mesh fantasy with real world concerns. In this case, being America circa 1963, issues of gender, equality, and communism will undoubtedly come into question as Elisa follows her heart. A release date has yet to be set, but the film’s cast of Michael Shannon, Octavia Spencer, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Doug Jones definitely looks compelling.
I playing a 1960's Ad Man in the is film in couple of days of shooting in Hamilton,ONT and Scarborough,ONT in October 2016. Had the great pleasure to meet the director.