Guillermo del Toro‘s first directorial outing since his Oscar winning effort “The Shape of Water” continues to add to its terrific cast. Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper already headline the film, but now del Toro has added another A-lister, this time tapping Blanchett’s “Carol” co-star Rooney Mara.
According to Deadline, Mara will join del Toro’s high profile adaptation of the novel “Nightmare Alley” by William Lindsay Gresham, which was already adapted into a film once, back in 1947. In addition to Blanchett, Cooper, and now Mara, there’s a wonderfully eclectic cast shaping up. Also on hand to execute del Toro’s vision are Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, and Michael Shannon. Kim Morgan co-wrote the adaptation with del Toro. “The Shape of Water” cinematographer Dan Lautsen returns to shoot the film.
Here is who Mara will be playing in the flick, according to the story:
The film is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel about a corrupt con-man who teams with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money. Mara plays Molly, the closest thing to Stan’s true love. He meets her early on and they take the act they learned from the circus to Chicago. Cooper plays Stan.
Mara joining the movie’s cast gives her yet another interesting director to work under. Plus, reuniting with Blanchett will thrill fans of Todd Haynes‘ beloved romance “Carol.” Mostly though, the prospect of Mara working with del Toro is an incredibly enticing one.
“Nightmare Alley” was always going to be a closely followed project. The cast that del Toro is assembling only increases how anticipated a title it is. Look for much more on this one as it gears up to begin production.