Nightmare Alley Movie

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Who's Involved:

Cate Blanchett, Willem Dafoe, Bradley Cooper, Ron Perlman, Guillermo del Toro, Rooney Mara, David Strathairn, Mary Steenburgen, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, J. Miles Dale, Gullermo del Toro, Kim Morgan

Release Date:

Friday, December 17, 2021 (Nationwide)

strong/bloody violence, some sexual content, nudity and language

Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

In Nightmare Alley, an ambitious young carny (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is. The carnival cast includes carnival worker Molly (Rooney Mara), head barker Clem (Willem Dafoe), and Ron Perlman as Bruno the Strongman. Richard Jenkins is part of the high society crowd as wealthy industrialist Ezra Grindle.

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Who stars in Nightmare Alley: Cast List

... Stanton 'Stan' Carlisle

"Licorice Pizza" , "Limitless"  

... Zeena (a mentalist)

"xXx 3: The Return of Xander Cage" , "Dream Horse"  

... Molly

"The Social Network" , "Kubo and the Two Strings"  

... Lilith Ritter

"Don't Look Up" , "TÁR"  

... Pete Krumbein

"Where The Crawdads Sing" , "We Are Marshall"  

... Bruno

"Don't Look Up" , "This Game's Called Murder"  

... Clem Hoately

"Spider-Man: No Way Home" , "The Northman"  

... Ezra Grindle

"The Humans" , "White House Down"  

... Miss Harrington

"Step Brothers" , "Did You Hear About the Morgans?"  

Who's making Nightmare Alley: Crew List

A look at the Nightmare Alley behind-the-scenes crew and production team.


J. Miles Dale
Guillermo del Toro

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Production: What we know about Nightmare Alley?

Key Facts

  1. Writer/director Guillermo del Toro said "I’m inspired and elated to be joined by this brilliant cast. Kim Morgan and I have worked with great passion to bring the dark, raw world and language of William Gresham to the screen and now we are joined by a superb group of artists and technicians to bring it to life (1/30/2020).”
  2. Aademy Award winner Guillermo del Toro (THE SHAPE OF WATER, PAN’S LABYRINTH) directs and co-writes with Kim Morgan (THE FORBIDDEN ROOM).
  3. David Strathairn has joined the cast of the Fox Searchlight picture (Hollywood Reporter, 9/27/19). Strathairn will play the alcoholic husband of Collette’s character, a mentalist named Zeena who ends up mentoring Cooper's character.
  4. It’s based on the novel by William Lindsay Gresham and not the 1947 movie of the same name.

Filming Timeline

  1. November 2021: The film was in Completed status.
  2. May 2021: The film was in Post-Production status.
  3. January 2020: The film was in Production status.
  4. Searchlight Pictures announced that principal photography on Nightmare Alley began January 30, 2020 on location in Toronto, Canada.

  5. June 2019: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  6. Shooting will begin in early 2020 in Toronto.

  7. April 2019: The film was in Development status.

Nightmare Alley Release Date: When is the film coming out?

Nightmare Alley is coming out in 2021 on Friday, December 17, 2021 (Nationwide release). There are 10 other movies coming out on the same date, including Spider-Man: No Way Home, The Tender Bar and President.

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