“There’s nothing fantastic. It’s a very different movie than what I’m used to …”

After the box of The Shape of Water, Oscar for Best Picture, Searchlight Pictures has unveiled the first official photos of Nightmare Alley, the new film by Guillermo del Toro, based on the eponymous 1946 novel written by William Lindsay Gresham.

Pictures that show “Bradley Cooper as Stanton Carlisle, a former Carnival worker who becomes a star of a big city as a cabaret artist, using mentalist tricks, making him appear as a powerful telepath, able to read in thoughts. Now the viewers he targets are millionaires. Cate Blanchett will play Dr Lilith Ritter, a psychiatrist who first tries to expose her as a charlatan, then finds herself embroiled in his schemes … “

The cast will also include Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman, Rooney Mara, Holt McCallany, Clifton Collins Jr., Tim Blake Nelson, Mary Steenburgen and David Strathairn.

In an interview with Vanity Fair, Guillermp del toro emphasizes that Nightmare Alley is not a horror / fantasy genre exercise, one that fans expect of him every time. He hopes that the title will not give a false impression, because according to him, it is more “a classic film noir than a horror film. “

“I know it’s possible that kind of confusion. It happened to me in the past with Crimson Peak. People expected a horror movie. I knew it was goth romance but it was. very difficult to hear … So yes, Nightmare Alley contains no supernatural element. It is completely based on a real world. There is nothing fantastic. It’s a very different movie from what I’m used to doing … “

The filmmaker specifies that the atmosphere “Carnival“of the film and the photos allow further analysis of the character. “This universe is almost like a microcosm of the world. Everyone is there to defraud everyone. But at the same time, at the carnival, the [ouvriers] know they need each other. In town, much less. “

Nightmare Alley should be released in theaters on December 17 in the USA and January 19, 2022 in France.

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