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Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Trailer Spins a Fantastical Love Story (Video)

Film marks director’s follow-up to 2015’s ”Crimson Peak“

Guillermo del Toro is back with yet another fantastical film: the gorgeous-looking “The Shape of Water” tells the story of a mute janitor who befriends a mysterious sea creature being studied in a lab.

Set during the height of the Cold War, “The Shape of Water” stars Sally Hawkins as the mute woman named Elisa; del Toro’s longtime collaborator Doug Jones (“Hellboy,” “Pan’s Labyrinth”) plays the creature. Hawkins’ character tries to defy everyone she is working for and attempts to fight for his freedom.

“When he looks at me, he doesn’t know I’m incomplete,” Elisa says in the trailer. “He sees me as I am.”

“The Shape of Water” also stars Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Octavia Spencer and Michael Stuhlbarg. Del Toro wrote the screenplay with Vanessa Taylor and produced alongside J. Miles Dale.

The filmmaker was last in theaters with the gothic horror drama “Crimson Peak,” which starred Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston, in 2015. Most recently, he served as executive producer on “Kung Fu Panda 3” and also was the writer and creator on the series “The Strain.” He is currently working on “Pacific Rim: Uprising.”

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“The Shape of Water” will be released on December 8.

Watch the trailer above.