Cate Blanchett is in talks to star alongside Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro‘s “Nightmare Alley” for Fox Searchlight. As reported exclusively by Variety, the Oscar-winning actress is in negotiations to board del Toro’s noir drama based closely on the William Lindsey Gresham novel of the same name.
Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine,” “The Aviator”) joins the production as she is still filming on the FX television series, “Mrs. America.” She can be seen in Richard Linklater’s upcoming mystery comedy, “Where’d You Go, Bernadette?” out next month. Blanchett is represented by CAA and RGM Artists. Cooper was initially tied to the role in June when it was reported he would be replacing Leonardo DiCaprio for a lead role. A deal has since been met with Cooper for the role.
“Nightmare Alley” is produced and financed by del Toro and J. Miles Dale of TSG Entertainment. The film is an adaptation of the 1947 film-noir, “Nightmare Alley,” directed by Edmund Goulding. A con-man befriends a psychiatrist only to be outwitted by her equal corruptness. Del Toro is directing with a script he co-writes with Kim Morgan (“Seances,” “The Forbidden Room”).
Del Toro rounds out the production for his next film coming off of producing Fox’s other titles, “Antlers” and the upcoming André Øvredal-directed “Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.” Del Toro is also set to oversee a darkly imagined take on “Pinocchio” with co-director Mark Gustafson.
“Nightmare Alley” will be distributed by Fox Searchlight, the studio that backed del Toro’s own Best Picture-winning “The Shape of Water.” Production is slated to begin shooting early 2020.