Cate Blanchett joins Nightmare Alley with Bradley Cooper, Guillermo del Toro

Bradley Cooperjust got a Hela great co-star inGuillermo del Toro‘sNightmare Alley.

Two-time Oscar winnerCate Blanchettis in talks to join theA Star Is Bornactor in the film, which is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name, EW has learned.

Cooper landed the male lead after Leonardo DiCaprio wascircling the project earlier this year. This marks one of Del Toro’s next directorial effort after winning the best director and best picture Oscars forThe Shape of Waterin 2018.

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Nightmare Alley, which was previously made into a film in 1947 with actor Tyrone Power, is the story of a carnival worker who becomes a con man mentalist. Then the woman who’s part of his routine turns the tables.

Del Toro, who’s been producing a lot lately betweenScary Stories to Tell in the DarkandPacific Rim: Uprising, wrote the script with Kim Morgan. Production on the film, from Fox Searchlight, is aiming to start production in early 2020.

It’s another intriguing project for Blanchett, who seems like she’s been having a grand ol’ time jumping from a Marvel movie villain inThor: Rangarok, one eighth ofOcean’s 8, a witch inThe House with a Clock in Its Walls, and the voice of snake Kaa inMowgli: Legend of the Jungle.

She’ll be seen next as Bernadette Fox inWhere’d You Go, Bernadette, in theaters this August.

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