What could be better than a Guillermo del Toro movie? A movie of him starring Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper, Rooney Mara and Willem Dafoe. And that’s exactly what we’ll have with Nightmare Alley. The long-awaited new film from Jalisco has revealed, after several months in advance, the first images in history that has occupied this director for two years.
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Nightmare alley It is an adaptation of the novel of the same name, but now imagined by Guillermo del Toro. It tells the story of Stanton, a con man (Cooper) who with his act of psychic dupes the credulous. In his attempt to escape the walking circus in which he used to operate, he meets the psychiatrist Ritter (Blanchett), who will try to prove that he is a fraud. It is the game between the two that will be at the center of the film.
The film has revealed its first images and in them we can see the main characters. Set in the middle of the last century, we can see Stanton’s old-fashioned outfit, as well as all the glamor surrounding the doctor he will face. We also have a look at the circus from which he escapes, which is owned by Willem Dafoe’s character, as well as another by Mara, who will play one of the victims deceived by the protagonist.
Nightmare Alley: Bradley Cooper as Stanton / Toni Colette as Zeena
Nightmare Alley: Stanton with Molly (Rooney Mara), one of the women he ripped off
The photos were revealed to Vanity Fair with whom the director had a conversation about his film. In the talk, he shared that it may surprise people that this film is a thriller noir and not a fantasy film or with the supernatural elements to which we are accustomed. Although by looking at the circus, we can see that perhaps there are some nods to the creatures that he likes so much.
The film faced a significant delay due to the pandemic, as filming began just a few months before confinement was necessary. Thanks to their collaboration, the director became a close friend of Cooper. Nightmare Alley was expected to be released at the Venice Film Festival, but the time-consuming post-production process did not allow it. It is until now that the first look is revealed.
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Nightmare Alley: Stanton with the character of Willem Dafoe, who is the owner of the circus in which he works
Nightmare Alley: Dr. Ritter (Cate Blanchett) and Stanton
The film is Del Toro’s first feature since La Forma Del Agua – 92%, for which he won two Oscars, one for Best Director and another for Best Film in 2018. However, he is not the only one in which he has worked during the health emergency, as he has also taken care to continue with the production of his stop motion version of Pinocchio, which will be produced by Netflix.
At the moment, it is expected that Nightmare alley hits theaters in the United States this December 17. Given the big names involved in the title, there is a possibility that the film will be the bet of Searchlight, a Disney affiliate production company, for the awards season. So maybe you have to wait a little longer to see it in Mexico, you just have to be patient until a date is specified.
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