See the first trailer of Cate Blanchett and Bradley Cooper in Nightmare Alley

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Photo credit: Nightmare Alley
Photo credit: Nightmare Alley

The first trailer for Guillermo del Toro's noir thriller starring Cate Blanchett, Bradley Cooper and Rooney Mara has been released.

The film, adapted from William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel of the same name, follows Cooper as Stan Carlisle, an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people by saying very little, as he crosses paths with Blanchett's Dr. Lilith Ritter, who is even more dangerous than he is.

The impressive cast also includes Rooney Mara as Molly Cahill, Willem Defoe as Clem Hoately, Toni Collette as Zeena Krumbein, Richard Jenkins as Ezra Grindle, Ron Perlman as Bruno, Mindhunter's Holt McCallany as Anderson, Mary Steenburgen as Miss Harrington, Tim Blake Nelson as Carny Boss, David Strathairn as Pete Krumbein, and Clifton Collins Jr, whose character hasn't been disclosed.

Mark Povinelli will play The Major, Jim Beaver will star as Sheriff Jedediah Judd, and David Hewlett will portray Dr. Elrood.

While the trailer evokes similarities to del Toro's Oscar-winning fantasy love story Shape of Water with its reference to a "half man, half beast", the director says this film contains no "supernatural elements".

"Now is the first chance I have to do a real underbelly of society type of movie," he previously told Collider. "My adaptation that I’ve done with [co-writer] Kim Morgan is not necessarily - the entire book is impossible, it’s a saga. But there are elements that are darker in the book, and it’s the first chance I have - in my short films I wanted to do noir. It was horror and noir. And now is the first chance I have to do a real underbelly of society type of movie. [There are] no supernatural elements. Just a straight, really dark story."

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