Adapted from the 1946 novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist even more dangerous than he is.
The book was also adapted into a famous 1947 film also titled Nightmare Alley, but del Toro says he’s going to back to the book for a fresh take on this story.
Here’s the trailer:
Searchlight’s synopsis reads:
“Stan Carlisle (Bradley Cooper), an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words, hooks up with Dr. Lilith Ritter (Cate Blanchett), a psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.”
The cast includes Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, and David Strathairn.
Nightmare Alley is directed by filmmaker del Toro, and the screenplay is written by Kim Morgan and del Toro, adapted from William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel.
Nightmare Alley will be released in theaters everywhere starting on December 17th.