Oscar-winning director Guillermo del Toro is assembling a fine roster of stars for his upcoming “Nightmare Alley” adaptation, with Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Willem Dafoe and del Toro regular Ron Perlman. Now, Deadline reports that Rooney Mara has closed a deal to join the film as well. She’ll play Cooper’s love interest and partner in crime.
Del Toro insists that this is a new adaptation of the 1946 William Lindsay Gresham novel (a book that the director recently told us was given to him by Perlman) and not a remake of the 1947 Tyrone Powermovie. Considering the source material involves a traveling circus and a conman teaming up with a mystic, we think that this is right up del Toro’s (wait for it) alley.
Shooting is scheduled to start in early 2020 and we would be very surprised if this wasn’t an awards contender by late 2020.