FIRST LOOK: Set Photos Confirm Guillermo del Toro’s ‘The Shape of Water’ Set In Baltimore

Jan 19, 2017


We recently came across set photos taken by people working on Guillermo del Toro‘s Cold War creature feature The Shape of Water, during the fall location shoot around the Hamilton and Toronto area in Ontario, Canada.

An other-worldly story, set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America circa 1963, a janitor (Sally Hawkins) in a government facility falls in love with an aquatic man (Doug Jones) who is being held captive for testing.

Its script was co-written by Guillermo and Vanessa Taylor based on a story by Daniel Kraus. The Shape of Water’s cast includes Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon, Richard Jenkins, Doug Jones, Michael Stuhlbarg, Octavia Spencer, Nick Searcy, and Lauren Lee Smith.

Alexandre Desplat will be scoring the film as well.

These set photos mostly show the ’60s era setting of the film which was filmed mostly in Toronto and Hamilton (my hometown), Ontario, Canada. Guillermo also shot in these areas for his previous films Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak.

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The director apparently really dug Hamilton’s food and art scene while shooting there in October. Including my high school friend’s restaurant The Burnt Tongue.


The Shape of Water wrapped shooting in November.

Glimpses of Octavia Spencer and Richard Jenkins (possibly) in costume as their characters are seen among the photos. It’s revealed in the shots that the film’s setting will be Baltimore, Maryland.

There is also an image featuring lead actress Sally Hawkins.

Fox Searchlight Pictures hasn’t announced a release date but it’s assumed it could be released sometime in 2017.

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