EXCLUSIVE: Rooney Mara is set to star with Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Nightmare Alley, Guillermo del Toro’s first directorial outing since his Best Picture winning The Shape of Water. He’s making the film for Fox Searchlight under the deal he made at the studio after they collaborated on the Oscar winner.
Del Toro wrote the script with Kim Morgan, and he is producing with J. Miles Dale. The film’s being produced by Del Toro and J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment, with Fox Searchlight acquiring worldwide distribution rights to the film.
The film is based on the 1947 film about a corrupt con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money. It’s based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham. Mara plays Molly, the closest thing to Stan’s true love. He meets her early on and they take the act they learned from the circus to Chicago. Cooper plays Stan.
Mara is repped by WME and Management 360. She last starred in the Garth Davis-directed Mary Magdalene.
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