Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley full trailer

Bradley Cooper shares a steamy kiss with co-star Toni Collette in chilling trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded noir thriller Nightmare Alley


The first full trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Nightmare Alley has been released. 

While the noir thriller movie looks set to be packed with chills and scares, it’s also brimming with a very star-studded cast.

Lead star Bradley Cooper plays Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle, a medium with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words.

Starry: Bradley Cooper stars in chilling trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded noir thriller Nightmare Alley with Cate Blanchett and Toni Colette

However, he meets his match when he crosses paths with a female psychiatrist (played by Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett) who is even more dangerous than he is. 

The trailer focuses on Cooper and Blanchett’s characters as they go toe-to-toe in her office.

‘You don’t fool people, people fool themselves,’ Blanchett’s Dr. Lilith Ritter tells Cooper’s Stan, as she appears to be gaining the upper hand on him. 

Steamy: At one point in the trailer it looks as though Bradley Cooper shares a kiss with co-star Toni Collette (who plays Zeena Krumbein)

Steamy: At one point in the trailer it looks as though Bradley Cooper shares a kiss with co-star Toni Collette (who plays Zeena Krumbein) 

Mysterious: Toni Colette as tarot reader Zeena Krumbein

Mysterious: Toni Colette as tarot reader Zeena Krumbein

Spooky: Lead star Bradley Cooper plays Stanton 'Stan' Carlisle, a medium with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words

Spooky: Lead star Bradley Cooper plays Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle, a medium with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words

Femme fatale: Cate Blanchett as Dr. Lilith Ritter

Femme fatale: Cate Blanchett as Dr. Lilith Ritter

At one point, we see a very  brief glimpse of what appears to be Bradley Cooper and Toni Collette sharing a steamy, passionate kiss.

Collette plays tarot reader Zeena Krumbein, who in the original story, becomes romantically involved with Stan. 

The film – based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham – features performances from Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, and David Strathairn.  

It certainly promises to be an entertaining narrative judging by the original source material.

Star-studded: Rooney Mara as Molly Cahill

Star-studded: Rooney Mara as Molly Cahill 

Fortuitous casting: Bradley Cooper stepped into the lead role after Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out

Fortuitous casting: Bradley Cooper stepped into the lead role after Leonardo DiCaprio dropped out 

Neo noir: The film takes cues from the noir film genre including the femme fatale character (Blanchett) and use of lighting through venetian blinds

Neo noir: The film takes cues from the noir film genre including the femme fatale character (Blanchett) and use of lighting through venetian blinds 

Tale as old as time: The film is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham

Tale as old as time: The film is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham

A synopsis of the book describes the story as being a ‘study of the lowest depths of showbiz and its sleazy inhabitants – the dark, shadowy world of a second rate carnival filled with hustlers, scheming grifters, and Machiavellian femmes fatales.’

The lead male star was originally meant to be Leonardo DiCaprio, but Cooper replaced him in June 2019. 

Nightmare Alley will have its world premiere at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles next month, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on December 17.  

Hands up: The thriller comes from Oscar-winning filmmake Guillermo del Toro

Hands up: The thriller comes from Oscar-winning filmmake Guillermo del Toro

Laid bare: Bradley Cooper's character gets a lie detector test

Laid bare: Bradley Cooper’s character gets a lie detector test 

In the hot seat: Cooper's character Stan is seen above in a room engulfed with flames

In the hot seat: Cooper’s character Stan is seen above in a room engulfed with flames 

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