Cate Blanchett to Join Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley”

Multiple outlets report that Cate Blanchett is in talks to join Bradley Cooper in Guillermo del Toro‘s Nightmare Alley.

Nightmare Alley is Oscar winner del Toro’s follow-up to The Shape of Water, which won Best Picture. Del Toro will direct the pic from a script he co-wrote with Kim Morgan. 

The film is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name. This isn’t the first time the story is getting a feature adaptation – Nightmare Alley was previously made into a film in 1947 starring actor Tyrone Power.

The story follows an ambitious young con-man who joins a traveling carnival. But after the young man teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is, she ends up out-manipulating the manipulator.

Nightmare Alley is Cooper’s first role since his Oscar-nominated performance in A Star is Born. You can see Blanchett next in Richard Linklater’s Where’d You Go Bernadette?