If its Guillermo Del Toro, you have got to expect the unexpected. The Oscar-winner's upcoming project, Nightmare Alley is shaping up to have a dream cast of sorts being roped in. Apart from the likes of Michael Shannon and Richard Jenkins, the film will star none other than Bradley Cooper in the lead role.
Now joining the cast is yet another celebrated actor in the form of Toni Collete. Collete is currently riding high on the successful premiere of her thriller, Knives Out at the Toronto Film Festival. The film is an adaptation of the 1946 noir novel by William Lindsay that first hit the screen as a 1947 film noir starring Tyrone Power.
For the uninitiated, the story is set in a world of carnival hustlers and con men, telling the story of a mentalist (Cooper) who teams with a psychologist in order to swindle the rich. Things go south for the poor sap when he is out-hustled by the woman.
Collette will play a mentalist named Zeena who mentors the protagonist.
Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett are already on board and the project has actors such as Richard Jenkins and Michael Shannon circling as well.
“Guillermo is a true auteur,” said the actress in a statement. “I look forward to collaborating with him and the amazing cast he has already assembled. What an honor.” Del Toro is directing the thriller and wrote the script with Kim Morgan. An early 2020 shoot in Toronto is being readied.