New stills from Nightmare Alley has been released and scan from Empire UK – December 2021 Issue is now available where Nightmare Alley and Don’t Look Up are featured. At the recent Rome Film Festival, director Alfonso Cuaron said that Apple will be releasing more information about their new series where it is mentioned Cate will be starring in with Gary Oldman.
Empire – December 2021 Issue
Nightmare Alley: Guillermo Del Toro On Creating An ‘American Nightmare’ Noir
From the caverns inhabited by the Pale Man in Pan’s Labyrinth, to the ghostly apparitions of Allerdale Hall in Crimson Peak, to the jaw-flapping Reapers in Blade II, chances are something that Guillermo del Toro has created has conjured up nightmares for you at some point in time. But with his next movie, the appropriately-titled Nightmare Alley, he’s creating a different kind of nightmare – a noir movie without any literal monsters, but filled with characters who might be considered monstrous. Take, for instance, Bradley Cooper’s central Stanton Carlisle and Cate Blanchett’s Lilith Ritter – a carnival worker and psychologist, respectively, who are caught up in a twisted plot.
Speaking to Empire in the upcoming Spider-Man: No Way Home issue, del Toro spoke about how his adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel strays differs from the former film version that came hot on the book’s heels in 1947 – and how he’s imbuing it with his own nightmarish sensibilities. “We’re wilfully allowing that movie to exist in its own space,” the director explains. “One of the things we decided is to not watch that movie again. We both liked what existed in it, we think it has terrific things in it, but what I wanted to do was, no pun intended, closer to a nightmare. It belongs to a genre only in that it deals with the underbelly or the flip side of the American Dream, which is always a nightmare.”
Don’t Look Up
As McKay tells Empire in the Spider-Man: No Way Home issue, Streep’s character is “an amalgam of all the ridiculous, ineffective Presidents that the United States has had over the past 40, 50 years.” And she’s far from the only big name in an astonishingly star-studded cast – one that features leads in Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Lawrence (an astronomer duo warning of an approaching comet), plus Jonah Hill, Mark Rylance, Tyler Perry, Timothée Chalamet, Cate Blanchett, Himesh Patel, and appearances from Ariana Grande and Scott ‘Kid Cudi’ Mescudi.
It’s a stacked line-up that even McKay can’t believe. “Of course, it’s great to get tremendous actors in your movie, but I never expected it to be this many, and to this degree,” he says. “Initially I had a couple of people in mine – ‘Well, if we could get them, that would be great’ – and it just kind of kept snowballing.”
Cate Blanchett to star in the upcoming Apple TV Mini-Series directed by Alfonso Cuarón
Oscar winner Alfonso Cuarón was a guest at the 16th Rome Film Fest: in the capital to talk about his relationship with Italian cinema, the director made a preview of Guillermo Del Toro’s Nightmare Alley , but also talked about the cinema of Federico Fellini, Paolo and Vittorio Taviani, Marco Ferreri, up to the contemporaries Emanuele Crialese, Valeria Golino and Alice Rorwacher.
On the red carpet of the Rome Film Fest 2021 he told us that soon Apple will announce something more detailed about the TV series, starring Cate Blanchett and Gary Oldman, which is making for the streaming platform AppleTV +.
We also asked him if he has seen his friend and colleague Guillermo Del Toro’s film Nightmare Alley before and the answer is yes: “It’s a masterpiece! Nightmare Alley is a wonderful masterpiece. I think it’s Guillermo Del Toro at his best: he really is. marvelous.”