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Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones and Michael Stuhlbarg are among the cast of the Cold War film. Described as an “other-worldly fairytale,” it centers on Elisa (Hawkins), a lonely mute woman who is trapped in a life of silence and isolation within the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works. Her life is changed forever when she and her co-worker Zelda (Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
The trailer previews Elisa’s mundane daily routine, and shows how it’s shaken up by a mysterious creature who communicates with her and makes her happy. But others beg to differ.
“You may that thing looks human — it stands on two legs, right?” explains Shannon. “But we’re created in the Lord’s image. You don’t think that’s what the Lord looks like, do you?”
The Shape of Water hits theaters Dec. 8.
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