Willem Dafoe has closed a deal to join Guillermo del Toro’s next directorial effort, the classic thriller “Nightmare Alley” at Fox Searchlight and TSG Entertainment.
Based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name, the story follows 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. Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara co-star.
Dafoe plays the head barker at a travelling carnival who gives Cooper’s character a job, ushering him into a world of show biz and grifting. Del Toro co-wrote the script with Kim Morgan and filming begins early 2020.