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New art for Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is breathtaking

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Oct 19, 2017, 10:50 PM EDT

Director Guillermo del Toro is known for his visually beautiful films and monsters. In his upcoming film, The Shape of Water, fans get both. But this just-released art even goes above (or maybe below?) our expectations.

Having already appeared at festivals around the globe, and even won the top prize in Venice, The Shape of Water will finally float into theaters this December. Variety's review called it a "tender, ravishingly imagined romantic fantasy."

The film is said to be inspired by 1954's The Creature From the Black Lagoon -- a comparison easily made when viewing the latest art. Check out the poster below:

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(Image: Fox Searchlight)

Stunning, right?

Here's the official synopsis:

From master story teller, Guillermo del Toro, comes THE SHAPE OF WATER - an other-worldly fable, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962.  In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of 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.

The trailer for the film shows the bond that Elisa forms with the creature (Doug Jones) while working in the lab, and also the danger that will befall them both if her secret gets out. The newly released art further depicts this close connection between Elisa and the creature, beautifully so. But this thriller won't likely be short on full-on monstrous moments, knowing del Toro. 

The Shape of Water floats into theaters Dec. 8, 2017. Will you be there?

(via Bloody Disgusting)