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Leonardo DiCaprio may join Guillermo del Toro in Nightmare Alley


It looks like Guillermo del Toro’s next film after The Shape of Water will be Nightmare Alley for Fox Searchlight.

Variety is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio is in talks to star in the film.

The film is based on the 1946 novel of the same title, written by William Lindsay Gresham. That was already turned into a movie starring Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell back in 1947.

This is the book synopsis:

Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a freak-show geek-alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision-going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him. And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough he’s going places. Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute bimbo (before long his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown spiritualist, catering to the needs of the rich and gullible in their well-upholstered homes. It looks like the world is Stan’s for the taking.

Shooting is due to begin this autumn so there should be more casting news over the next few weeks.

Photo by Hillary Butler

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