'Nightmare Alley' Trailer: Bradley Cooper Plays Mind Games in Guillermo Del Toro's Film Noir (Video)

Cate Blanchett also stars in the Searchlight film opening Dec. 17

In an interview and first look at the movie with Vanity Fair, del Toro said his version of the story is also something of a subversion of the classic film noir tropes. It replaces the hats and trench coats and imposing shadows for other style and mystique set inside the violent and crooked carnival where Cooper’s character makes his mark. And rather than a femme fatale who seduces the stoic man, Cooper’s character is what he describes as a “homme fatale” who manipulates and ensnares the film’s three strong female characters.

Starring alongside Cooper in the film is Cate Blanchett, who plays a psychiatrist that tries to expose Cooper’s character as a charlatan, only to become embroiled in his cons. The film also stars Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman and David Strathairn.

“Nightmare Alley” opens in theaters from Searchlight Pictures on December 17. Check out the first trailer for the film here, and see a poster for the film below:

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