After a couple of years of reports and leaks, it was finally time to find out about the next project of Guillermo del Toro. The Mexican director kept his promise and shared the first trailer for Nightmare Alley, a feature film that has caused a lot of expectation not only due to the previous history of the renowned filmmaker, but also because it will be a production aimed at an adult audience. To the above we must also add a first-rate cast.
Nightmare Alley will be a thriller noir based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham, published in 1946. Interestingly, this is the second time that someone has tried to adapt the written work, since in 1947 there was a feature film directed by Edmund Goulding and starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell. The story follows the rise and fall of Stanton Carlisle, a millionaire scammer. However, his story takes a turn when he meets psychiatrist Lilith Ritter.
“An ambitious young man with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words joins a psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is,” the short synopsis mentions. It is important to mention that, despite the name, Nightmare Alley not a horror or fantasy movie, so he will distance himself from the recent productions of the one born in Guadalajara.
“Happened to me with Crimson Peak [La cumbre escarlata], where people were waiting for a horror movie. This [Nightmare Alley] does not have any supernatural elements. It is based entirely on a world of reality. There is nothing fantastic. It’s a very different movie than usual, but yes, the title and my name would create that impression, “Guillermo del Toro said in an interview with Vanity Fair.
The great cast of Nightmare Alley
As mentioned above, Nightmare Alley boasts a distribution more than promising: Bradley Cooper (Stanton Carlisle), Willem Dafoe (Clem Hoately), Cate Blanchett (Lilith Ritter), Toni Collette (Zeena Krumbein), Richard Jenkins (Ezra Grindle), Ron Perlman (Bruno), Rooney Mara (Molly) and David Strathain (Pete Krumbein). In the direction of photography we find Dan Laustsen, while Luis Sequeira is in charge of costume design and Dennis Berardi of visual effects.
If no unexpected obstacles come your way, Nightmare Alley will hit theaters next December 2, 2021.