Bradley Cooper In Talks to Replace Leonardo DiCaprio in 'Nightmare Alley' Remake

And Bradley Cooper has his eye on the prize again as he is reportedly in talks to replace Leonardo DiCaprio for the Nightmare Alley remake.

The flick will be based on the William Lindsay Gresham novel of the same name, more so than the film made in 1947. At this time, the same sources that say Cooper is in talks to take the lead haven't an inkling as to whether or not he'll accept. "At first, they enjoy success fleecing people with their mentalist act, but then she turns the tables on him, out-manipulating the manipulator".

Del Toro wrote the new script with Kim Morgan.

After "The Shape of Water" went on to win several Oscars, including best picture and director for del Toro, the auteur chose to hold off on picking his next directing gig, only focusing his efforts as a producer on the Searchlight movie "Antlers".

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But to have a chance to see Bradley Cooper attacking a role as dark as Stanton Carlisle, the carnival barker who'll do anything to get what he wants, is something that's hard not to get excited about. Cooper is no stranger to thrillers or horror, but del Toro is on a unique wavelength, and it's interesting that he decided to make Nightmare Alley his follow-up to The Shape of Water (I was hoping he would take one more stab at At the Mountains of Madness, but alas).

He's fresh off his Oscar nomination for A Star Is Born.

While this deal is still being worked out, and the potential participation of Bradley Cooper in this new adaptation of Nightmare Alley isn't written in stone, the project still has a promising pedigree behind its inception.

He is now developing "Bernstein", a Leonard Bernstein biopic that he also plans to star in and direct.

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