David Strathairn has joined Bradley Cooper, Toni Collette, Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in the upcoming Guillermo Del Toro film Nightmare Alley, according to THR. The film comes to us from Fox Searchlight and is an adaptation of the 1946 novel by William Lindsay. Del Toro will direct the film and co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan. Nightmare Alley is being produced and financed by Guillermo Del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment.
Strathairn was nominated for an Oscar for his work in Good Night, and Good Luck. He’ll play “the alcoholic husband of Collette’s character, a mentalist named Zeena who ends up mentoring Cooper’s character.”
The book is described as follows: “Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him.
“And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough he’s going places. Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute bimbo (before long his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown spiritualist, catering to the needs of the rich and gullible in their well-upholstered homes. It looks like the world is Stan’s for the taking. At least for now.”
The film is scheduled to start shooting in the fall of 2019. What do you think of David Strathairn joining the cast of Nightmare Alley? Let us know in the comments.