Following his insanely successful The Shape of Water and shortly after receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Guillermo del Toro will next direct an adaptation of William Lindsay's 1946 noir novel Nightmare Alley, which first hit the screen as the 1947 film of the same name starring Tyrone Power.
With Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara all confirmed to star in the film, THR now reports that Toni Collette (Hereditary) has closed a deal to join the film's all-star cast! Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins are also circling the film.
The site notes, "Collette will play a mentalist named Zeena who mentors the protagonist."
"The story is set in a world of carnival hustlers and con men, telling the story of a mentalist (Cooper) who teams with a psychologist in order to swindle the rich. Things go south for the poor sap when he is out-hustled by the woman."
Del Toro is directing the thriller and wrote the script with Kim Morgan. Nightmare Alley is expected to begin shooting early 2020 in Toronto.