Rooney Mara is set to star in Guillermo del Toro’s Nightmare Alley, where she’ll be joining Bradley Cooper and her Carol co-star Cate Blanchett. Nightmare Alley is the director’s first project since his Best Picture win for The Shape of Water.
Del Toro wrote the script along with Kim Morgan. Del Toro is also producing alongside J. Miles Dale with Fox Searchlight distributing.
The film is based on William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel which follows a con-man who teams up with a female psychiatrist to trick people into giving them money. Mara will be playing Molly, the female psychiatrist, and Cooper will be playing Stan, the corrupt con-man who eventually falls in love with Molly.
Mara last starred in Garth Davis’ Mary Magdalene. She also starred in Terrance Malik’s Song to Song as well as Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot.