Willem Dafoe has boarded Guillermo del Toro’s adaption of Nightmare Alley.
The story started as a novel by William Lindsay Gresham and was previously adapted as a film in 1947 starring Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist who is even more corrupt than he is. At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.
The new version set to go into production next year stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Dafoe will play will play the head barker at a traveling carnival who gives Bradley Cooper’s character a job, ushering him into a world of show biz and grifting.