‘Nightmare Alley’: Release date, plot, cast, news and everything you need to know about Guillermo del Toro-Leonardo DiCaprio movie
After a self-imposed hiatus, director Guillermo Del Toro is back bigger and better than ever, and is in talks with Leonardo DiCaprio for a movie based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham which was adapted in 1947 into a Fox feature that starred Tyrone Power and Joan Blondel.
Del Toro will direct the film and has co-written the script with Kim Morgan. 'Nightmare Alley' is being produced and financed by del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment; Fox Searchlight acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the film.
The movie is in pre-production with filming set to begin in the fall. The release date hasn't been confirmed as of now.
This adaptation is set in a carnival and revolves around con-man Stanton Carlisle who works with pseudo-mentalist sideshow Molly. After discovering a secret code, which the two of them learn from Zeena and her husband Pete, Carlisle and Molly set out to exploit the rich. Like all other celebrity con-men, fortune doesn't seem to favor him and his ambition brings him back into the sideshow.
While DiCaprio’s involvement isn’t fully signed off, and his proposed role is unconfirmed, it seems most likely that he would play Carlisle, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The rest of the cast hasn't been finalized yet but we are sure to expect brilliance.
DiCaprio has not been seen in a movie since his Oscar-winning performance in “The Revenant” in 2015, choosing to take some time off before signing on to star in Quentin Tarantino’s next film, 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.'
Guillermo del Toro
After his Academy Award winning 'The Shape of Water', del Toro has been on a self-imposed hiatus. “I have used the time immediately to the Oscars to activate two scholarships for young Mexican filmmakers and activated an animation center that will open next year and helped with the local cinematheque in my home town,” he told Empire last year. He had pressed pause on directing and has only focused his efforts as a producer on the Searchlight movie 'Antlers.' 'Nightmare Alley's traveling-show setting, the concept of social outsiders, psychological mind games seem to be right up del Toro's alley.
“I am delighted to continue the producing partnership that has been forged with Fox Searchlight during the making of The Shape of Water. Nancy, Steve, David and Matthew and the entire team are great champions of true cinema. With both Nightmare Alley and Antlers, I know we will create entertaining, elevated films," del Toro said while discussing his upcoming projects.
Sunset Gun's Kim Morgan writes for New Beverly, Sight & Sound, Criterion and more. She was short films juror at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival; she guest-programmed for Turner Classic Movies and presented a series on Ingmar Bergman and Stanley Kubrick for FilmStruck. She was the guest director of the 2014 Telluride Film Festival.
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