Nightmare Alley,Guillermo del Toro's first feature film since winning the Oscar for The Shape of Water, is almost here. Adapting the novel by William Lindsay Gresham, del Toro has assembled a killer cast to tell a story of con artists, carnies, and nefarious psychiatrists.
We've yet to see any footage of the film, nor have we gotten any official images. But the hype is very real for del Toro's latest. As you await further details, here's everything we know about Nightmare Alley so far.
Nightmare Alley is set for a December 3, 2021 release in theaters. The winter release date suggests both that the film will likely play some festivals (TIFF seems like the most likely candidate since del Toro shot a large portion of the movie in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) and then go on to be part of awards season buzz. This is a Searchlight release exclusive to theaters for now – but that could always change.
Nightmare Alley is the new film by director Guillermo del Toro. The movie draws inspiration from the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name. The novel was adapted to the screen once before in 1947, starring Tyrone Power and directed by Edmund Goulding. That adaptation didn't stick very close to Gresham's novel, and del Toro's take is said to be more faithful.
That said, the filmmaker added: "My adaptation that I've done with [co-writer] Kim Morgan is not necessarily—the entire book is impossible, it's a saga. But there are elements that are darker in the book, and it's the first chance I have—in my short films I wanted to do noir.
It was horror and noir. And now is the first chance I have to do a real underbelly of society type of movie. [There are] no supernatural elements. Just a straight, really dark story." The film recently landed an R rating for "Strong/bloody violence, some sexual content, nudity, and language."
"I'm inspired and elated to be joined by this brilliant cast. Kim Morgan and I have worked with great passion to bring the dark, raw world and language of William Gresham to the screen and now we are joined by a superb group of artists and technicians to bring it to life," del Toro said when production began.
We can now enjoy the first trailer for 'Nightmare Alley', Guillermo del Toro's return to the feature film since the Oscar-winning Nightmare Alley free streaming online at home premiered in 2017.
With a script by the director himself with Kim Morgan, the film adapts the novel by William Lindsay Gresham that was already made into a film by Edmund Goulding in the classic 'The Alley of Lost Souls' (1947), in which Tyrone Power, Joan Blondell and Colleen Gray played the characters that will be played here by Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.
Although at first the protagonist was going to be Leonardo DiCaprio, the actor and the producer, Searchlight Pictures (now brand Walt Disney Pictures), did not reach an agreement. This is how good old Cooper took on the role of Stan Carlisle, a hustler posing as a mentalist who orchestrates a scam with the psychiatrist Lilith Ritter, played by Blanchett. However, the tables will turn when she decides that it is time for him to fall into her trap as well.
In addition to having music by the always great Alexandre Desplat, the spectacular cast of well-known faces is completed by Willem Dafoe, Mary Steenburgen, Ron Perlman, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins and Tim Blake Nelson.
'Nightmare Alley' has a release date of January 28, 2022.