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Bradley Cooper and Rooney Mara star in electric trailer for psychological thriller Nightmare Alley

Bradley Cooper and Rooney Mara star in electric trailer for psychological thriller Nightmare Alley


Bradley Cooper played an ambitious carny with Rooney Mara as an electric girl in a teaser trailer released Thursday for Nightmare Alley.

The 46-year-old actor portrays Stanton ‘Stan’ Carlisle in the psychological thriller directed by Guillermo del Toro, 56, based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham.

The teaser trailer opened with Stanton entering carnival life and showed him dancing with fellow carnival worker Molly Cahill, played by Rooney, 36.

Carnival life: Bradley Cooper played an ambitious carny with Rooney Mara as an electric girl in a teaser trailer released Thursday for Nightmare Alley.

Carnival talker Clem Hoately, played by 66-year-old William Dafoe, throughout the preview barked about a ‘man or beast’ creature as he offered folks a chance to see the ‘supreme oddity’.

Stanton later becomes psychic ‘The Great Stanton’and is shown growing close to psychiatrist Dr. Lilith Ritter, played by Cate Blanchett, 52.

Clips were shown of the ensemble cast that also includes Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, David Strathairn and Ron Perlman.

Rooney’s character Molly was shown with sparks flying as she sat strapped to an electrified chair as part of a carnival act.

Electric girl: Rooney Mara's character Molly Cahill was shown with sparks flying as she sat strapped to an electrified chair as part of a carnival act

Electric girl: Rooney Mara’s character Molly Cahill was shown with sparks flying as she sat strapped to an electrified chair as part of a carnival act

Starting out: The teaser trailer opened with Bradley's character Stanton being introduced to carnival life

Starting out: The teaser trailer opened with Bradley’s character Stanton being introduced to carnival life

Supreme oddity: Carnival talker Clem Hoately, played by 66-year-old William Dafoe, throughout the preview barked about a 'man or beast' creature as he offered folks a chance to see the 'supreme oddity'

Supreme oddity: Carnival talker Clem Hoately, played by 66-year-old William Dafoe, throughout the preview barked about a ‘man or beast’ creature as he offered folks a chance to see the ‘supreme oddity’

Acclaimed director: Guillermo del Toro directed and co-wrote the screenplay for Nightmare Alley

Acclaimed director: Guillermo del Toro directed and co-wrote the screenplay for Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley is scheduled to be released on December 17 by Searchlight Pictures.

It is the second film adaptation of the novel following a 1947 version by 20th Century Fox.

The 1947 version starred Tyrone Power as Stanton, Colleen Gray as Molly and Helen Walker as Lilith.

Psychological thriller: The psychological thriller  is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham

Psychological thriller: The psychological thriller  is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham

Tender moment: Molly danced with Stanton at the carnival in a tender moment

Tender moment: Molly danced with Stanton at the carnival in a tender moment

The new version has a screenplay written by del Toro and Kim Morgan based on the 1946 book.

Principal photography began in January 2020 in Toronto, Canada, but was shut down in March 2020 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Production resumed in September 2020 in Toronto and production officially wrapped in December 2020.

Femme fatale: Dr. Lilith Ritter, played by Cate Blanchett, 52, was shown getting close to Stanton

Femme fatale: Dr. Lilith Ritter, played by Cate Blanchett, 52, was shown getting close to Stanton

Running away: Stanton was in distress as he ran away with blood on his hands

Running away: Stanton was in distress as he ran away with blood on his hands

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