Oscar-nominated actor Willem Dafoe recently joined filmmaker Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley. According to reports, the filmmaker has already cast many other famous Hollywood stars in his upcoming film. The film follows a 1946 based novel, titled by the same name by author William Lindsay Gresham.
Nightmare Alley will be directed by the famous del Toro from a script he and Kim Morgan wrote together. The plot of the story shows the character Carlisle played by Cooper, who's an ambitious young con-man working with a female psychiatrist played by Cate Blanchett, who is even more corrupt and clever than him.
Initially, according to the novel, both partners enjoy the success fooling and fleecing people with their incredible mentalist plans, but later the female psychiatrist turns the story around, by playing on her own partner in crime, out-manipulating the manipulator. Dafoe will play the head barker at a travelling carnival who offers Bradley Cooper's Carlisle a job, ushering him into a world of show biz and grifting. Apart from the main leads, the film’s cast also includes actors such as Rooney Mara, Toni Collette and David Strathairn.
Del Toro will also produce the project with J Miles Davis. The film’s production is expected to begin in early 2020 in Toronto. Gresham's novel was previously adapted into a 1947 movie, directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Tyrone Power and Coleen Gray in the lead.
Dafoe most recently featured in David Eggers' The Lighthouse, alongside Robert Pattinson. He will next star in Edward Norton's directorial Motherless Brooklyn and Dee Rees political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted. Dafoe, a four-time Oscar nominee, has Edward Norton's Motherless Brooklyn coming out next month. The Lighthouse, in which he stars opposite Robert Pattinson, opens in select theaters Friday.
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