According to Film Ratings, Searchlight Pictures’ forthcoming horror film adaptation of Nightmare Alley has officially been given an R-Rating for “strong/bloody violence, some sexual content, nudity, and language,” which teases the film’s tone and vibe. The Guillermo del Toro-directed pic is still scheduled to arrive in theaters on December 3, 2021. Its current theatrical release date places Nightmare Alley against no direct competition. However, the star-studded film will be debuting in the same month as a number of high-profile projects including West Side Story, Journal for Jordan, Spider-Man: No Way Home, and The Matrix 4.
Based on William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows an ambitious young 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.
Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper (A Star is Born) will the star-studded cast that includes multi-award winning-actresses Cate Blanchett (Where’d You Go, Bernadette?), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) along with Oscar-nominee Willem Dafoe (The Lighthouse) Ron Perlman (Hellboy), Mark Povinelli (Water for Elephants), David Strathairn (Billions), Richard Jenkins (The Shape of Water) and Holt McCallany (Mindhunter).
Nightmare Alley will be directed by Oscar-winner Guillermo del Toro from a screenplay he co-wrote with Kim Morgan. who will also serve as a producer alongside J. Miles Dale with TSG Entertainment. Searchlight Pictures has worldwide distribution rights to the film.