Willem Dafoe signs up for Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Willem Dafoe has joined the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.The upcoming project, the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, is set in a world of carnival hus…

Willem Dafoe has joined the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The upcoming project, the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, is set in a world of carnival hustlers, and tells the story of a con man named Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle, portrayed by Cooper, who teams up with psychologist Lilith, to be played by Blanchett, to swindle the rich before she turns the tables on him.

The Oscar nominee has been cast as Clem Hoately, a head barker at a travelling carnival who gives Carlisle a job, according to Variety.

He joins a cast which also includes Toni Collette, who will portray a mentalist named Zeena who mentors Carlisle, and Rooney Mara, who will be playing Carlisle’s love interest, Molly.

Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon, who previously starred in del Toro’s previous film, the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, are also reportedly circling the project, while his Hellboy collaborator Ron Perlman is rumoured to have a role.

Del Toro will direct the film for Fox Searchlight from a script he co-wrote with Kim Morgan, with production set to begin at the start of 2020. Nightmare Alley was previously brought to the screen in 1947, with Tyrone Power taking on the role of Carlisle.

Dafoe is enjoying an impressive run of projects of late. He has been receiving critical praise for his performance alongside Robert Pattinson in David Eggers’s The Lighthouse and will soon be seen in Edward Norton’s directorial effort, Motherless Brooklyn, as well as political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted.

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Rooney Mara threw out her clothes when she became vegan

Rooney Mara created her apparel brand HIRAETH after becoming inspired to give her wardrobe a vegan makeover.The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star gave up all animal products eight years ago and started throwing out clothing that wasn’t vegan, which even…

Rooney Mara created her apparel brand HIRAETH after becoming inspired to give her wardrobe a vegan makeover.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star gave up all animal products eight years ago and started throwing out clothing that wasn’t vegan, which eventually prompted her to launch a ready-to-wear fashion and accessories line featuring only plant-based materials.

”I wanted to also transition the other parts of my life to being vegan, especially my wardrobe,” she told reporters at WWD when asked about the inspiration for HIRAETH. ”It came from a selfish need of not wanting to give up wearing my favourite things, but also not being able to find an alternative for them that was high quality. I don’t need to wear combat boots. I can wear Converse every day. It’s more of a desire.”

Rooney, who considers designer Stella McCartney to be her fashion hero, looked to her own personal style to design pieces for HIRAETH, which she launched alongside partners Chrys Wong and Sara Schloat in early 2018.

”I’ve always really liked a romantic, Gothic aesthetic, but then I also have a minimalist side to me, so it’s kind of trying to marry those two together,” the 34-year-old shared, before adding that she doesn’t see herself in the role of creative director permanently. “I want to hire a real designer because I am not a real designer and have no plans to be one.”

And the two-time Oscar nominee confessed she was unsure how she would juggle her Hollywood career with her brand responsibilities when she ends her three-year hiatus from acting by beginning shooting Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley in January.

“I honestly don’t know,” she sighed. “I am pretty single-minded. I have an extraordinary ability to focus on something, but I’m not really good at splitting my attention very well. So I don’t really know.”

Rooney’s HIRAETH line is now available for purchase online and at select retail stores, with pieces priced from $395 (£321) to $3,000 (£2,400).

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Rooney Mara joins cast of Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley

Rooney Mara is reuniting with her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star is set to join the Australian actress and Bradley Cooper in the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gres…

Rooney Mara is reuniting with her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star is set to join the Australian actress and Bradley Cooper in the second movie adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name.

The A Star Is Born actor, who was drafted in to replace Leonardo DiCaprio earlier this year, will portray con artist Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle. Carlisle will team up with Blanchett’s psychiatrist character to trick people into giving them money.

According to editors at Deadline, Mara will play Molly, Carlisle’s love interest. He meets her early on at a circus, with the pair later taking their act to Chicago.

Mara’s casting means the movie will be a reunion for her and Blanchett, who co-starred in Todd Haynes’s 2015 lesbian romance drama Carol, which earned them both Oscar nominations.

Nightmare Alley marks the Mexican filmmaker’s first directorial effort since The Shape of Water, which was named Best Picture at the 2018 Oscars.

However, he has been busy producing horrors Antlers and Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark as well as Robert Zemeckis’s adaptation of Roald Dahl classic The Witches. Del Toro is also developing his passion project, a stop-motion animation film about Pinocchio. He wrote the script for Nightmare Alley with Kim Morgan, with the narrative to be based on the novel rather than 1947 film, and production is due to begin later this year.

Most recently, the Oscar-winning director told Collider that his version will be R-rated and have “no supernatural elements”, unlike most of his films. He added it will be “the first chance I have to do a real underbelly-of-society type of movie”.

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Leonardo DiCaprio in talks for Guillermo del Toro’s new thriller

Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly set to take the lead in Guillermo del Toro’s new thriller Nightmare Alley.Del Toro, who wrote the script with Kim Morgan, is planning to make the project his return to directing after winning the Best Picture and Best Di…

Leonardo DiCaprio is reportedly set to take the lead in Guillermo del Toro’s new thriller Nightmare Alley.

Del Toro, who wrote the script with Kim Morgan, is planning to make the project his return to directing after winning the Best Picture and Best Director Oscars for The Shape of Water last year (18). The double win marked his first Academy Award success.

The film is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name about a conman who teams up with a psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money.

The book has already been turned into a movie – 1947’s Nightmare Alley, which starred Tyrone Power and Joan Blondell.

The Mexican filmmaker is also in the pre-production stage of his long-awaited version of Pinocchio for Netflix, which will mark his first foray into animation. And the project appears to have had a huge impact on Del Toro, who is in the process of launching an animation centre in his native Mexico. The Centro Internacional de Animacion will be located in his hometown, Guadalajara, and will specialise in stop-motion technology, according to Variety.

Meanwhile, DiCaprio, who scooped his first Oscar in 2016 for The Revenant, has a busy summer ahead of him – he stars in Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated ninth film, Once Upon A Time In Hollywood. He’s also signed on for a further three big budgets films, including his long-term collaborator Martin Scorsese’s Roosevelt, in which he’ll play former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

The 44-year-old is also teaming with Scorsese on TV series The Devil in the White City, based on Erik Larson’s New York Times bestseller.

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