FX and Taika Waititi’s new What We Do in the Shadows is already taking Shape. Doug Jones is the latest cast member of the vampire mockumentary pilot, along with Lady Bird breakout Beanie Feldstein and two others.
Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water is already making waves since its Venice Film Festival debut, with early reactions indicating that it’s yet another masterpiece from one of our best, most unusual directors. if you’re just dying to see more than a trailer for this movie, good news: Fox has released the first clip from the movie today, introducing us to our heroine, our villain, and one weird-looking fish-man.
Whether it’s horror, fairy tale, or a superhero movie, getting inside the mind of Guillermo del Toro is always a welcomed breaks from reality. Following the ghostly Crimson Peak, the filmmaker is returning to a more Pan’s Labyrinth-esque creature feature with The Shape of Water, though this latest film looks noticably less freaky than that 2006 favorite.
Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film The Shape of Water marks the first time Hollywood’s go-to fish man Doug Jones will play the lead in a del Toro movie. He’s usually a big part of the cast, but secondary to the protagonist. Not this time. He’ll be playing a half-man-half-fish being who’s being studied by scientists until an empathetic woman takes pity on him, and that’s about all we know, plot-wise. But Jones has been pretty talkative about the project, and gave a few more clues in a new recent interview.
When you’re Guillermo del Toro and you’re making a new film that features a fish-like man (a merman, basically), there’s really only one guy for the job: Doug Jones. The famously prosthetic-friendly character actor has appeared in several del Toro projects, including Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth and The Strain, and recently reunited with the filmmaker for his next film, The Shape of Water — in which he’ll play the merman, of course. Though the official synopsis is intentionally somewhat vague, Jones has revealed a few details to help fill in the blanks.
At long last, the veil of Star Trek: Discovery began to lift with the casting of Michelle Yeoh, and now two new crew members have beamed aboard as well. Not only will Rent alum Anthony Rapp play the first openly-gay Star Trek character on TV, but creature favorite Doug Jones will continue his diverse body of work.