Courtesy Searchlight Pictures

After revealed teasing first look images and a poster earlier this week, Searchlight Pictures has released an official teaser trailer for Guillermo del Toro’s film adaptation of NIGHTMARE ALLEY. Make sure you check out the teaser below and let us know what you think!

Man or beast…the lines blur as soon as one steps into NIGHTMARE ALLEY.

In NIGHTMARE ALLEY, an ambitious 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 official novel synopsis is as follows: Nightmare Alley begins with an extraordinary description of a carnival-show geek—alcoholic and abject and the object of the voyeuristic crowd’s gleeful disgust and derision—going about his work at a county fair. Young Stan Carlisle is working as a carny, and he wonders how a man could fall so low. There’s no way in hell, he vows, that anything like that will ever happen to him.

And since Stan is clever and ambitious and not without a useful streak of ruthlessness, soon enough he’s going places. Onstage he plays the mentalist with a cute assistant (before long his harried wife), then he graduates to full-blown spiritualist, catering to the needs of the rich and gullible in their well-upholstered homes. It looks like the world is Stan’s for the taking. At least for now.

The film stars Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born, The Hangover Trilogy), Cate Blanchett (Where’d You Go, Bernadette, Carol), Toni Collette (Hereditary, Knives Out), Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse, Shadow of the Vampire), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water, Jack Reacher), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mary Magdalene), Ron Perlman (“Sons of Anarchy”, Hellboy), and David Strathairn (Lincoln, Good Night and Good Luck).

NIGHTMARE ALLEY will open its curtains to venture into theaters on December 17, 2021.

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