The movie follows the rise and fall of a con man — a story that begins and ends at a seedy travelling carnival. Stanton Carlisle (Tyrone Power) joins the carnival, working with "Mademoiselle Zeena" (Joan Blondell) and her alcoholic husband, Pete (Ian Keith).
Bradley Cooper in talks to headline Guillermo del Toro's 'Nightmare Alley'
After failing to reach a deal with Leonardo DiCaprio, Fox Searchlight and Guillermo del Toro have offered the lead role to Bradley Cooper. — Sources at Variety confirm the seven-time Academy nominated actor, producer, and director has received an offer to play Guillermo del Toro's lead based on Lindsay Gresham’s novel 'Nightmare Alley'.
Leonardo DiCaprio in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro's adaptation of 'Nightmare Alley'
Fox Searchlight’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ already sounds terrific. — When Leonardo DiCaprio is headlining, there’s never a doubt the 44 year-old Oscar-winner is going to: a. deliver a peak performance and b. collaborate with an Award-winning Director. In fact, since Titanic, DiCaprio has gone on to star in a film helmed by either an Oscar-nominated or Oscar-winning director (with the exception of Baz Luhrmann).