Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley Finally Gets Release Date

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Studio Searchlight Pictures has finally announced the release date for Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, reports.

This is del Toro’s first feature following his award winning The Shape Of Water. Searchlight has set a release date of December 3rd 2021, putting Nightmare Alley squarely in the award-season spotlight – an indication that they feel the new movie is well in contention in the awards race.

Del Toro produced with his The Shape Of Water co-producer J. Miles Dale, and co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan (The Forbidden Room) from the novel by William Lindsay Gresham.

Del Toro assembled a star-studded cast for the movie. Academy Award nominee Bradley Cooper takes the lead as carnival grifter Stan Carlisle, opposite Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett as psychiatrist Lilith Ritter.

Joining them are Academy Award nominees Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara and David Strathairn, alongside one of Del Toro’s long-time collaborators, Ron Perlman.

The Studio’s brief synopsis for the film reads: “In Nightmare Alley, an ambitious young carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is.”

The production has also reunited more of del Toro’s collaborators, including The Shape of Water‘s costume designer Luis Sequeira, director of photography Dan Laustsen, visual effects supervisor Dennis Berardi and editor Cam McLauchlin. The production designer is The Strain‘s Tamara Deverell.

When the production began, Guillermo del Toro said in a statement, “I’m inspired and elated to be joined by this brilliant cast.” He continued, “Kim Morgan and I have worked with great passion to bring the dark, raw world and language of William Gresham to the screen and now we are joined by a superb group of artists and technicians to bring it to life.”

Production wrapped on Nightmare Alley in December 2020 after some reshoots, following a shutdown of production between March and September due to the COVID pandemic.

Carolyn Hucker