Deadline reports that Oscar-nominated actress Rooney Mara (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network) has taken a role in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming thriller Nightmare Alley.

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.

The film already reportedly stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Micheal Shannon, Ron Perlman, Toni Collette, and Richard Jenkins.

The film is based on the 1947 Fox movie that starred Tyrone Power as an ambitious young con-man who hooks 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 table on him, out-manipulating the manipulator.

HN previously updated that filming would be taking place from January 13th to May 6th in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The production team includes cinematographer Dan Laustsen (John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum, The Shape of Water), production designer Tamara Deverell (The Strain, Star Trek: Discovery), supervising art director Brandt Gordon (The Suicide Squad, Crimson Peak, Shazam!), and stunt coordinator Darren McGuire (Shadowhunters).

Del Toro is coming off his big Oscar wins for The Shape of Water and there is some expectations that the film will be heading towards awards season as well.

Disney/Fox has yet to give Nightmare Alley an official release date as of yet.


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