Guillermo del Toro is known for making fantastical films with unique characters and creatures that showcase deeply emotional, human stories, and his upcoming movie “Nightmare Alley” is highly anticipated. Based on the novel of the same name by author William Lindsay Gresham, “Nightmare Alley” is about a manipulative carny named Stan Carlisle, to be played by Bradley Cooper, who teams up with a psychiatrist named Dr. Lilith Ritter, played by Cate Blanchett, who is hiding a sinister nature worse than Stan’s. The movie has an extremely talented ensemble cast, who will likely be playing various people ensnared by Stan and Lilith to be a part of their scheme-filled carnival. The list includes Richard Jenkins, who worked with del Toro on his last feature, “The Shape of Water,” as well as Willem Dafoe, Ron Perlman, Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Tim Blake Nelson, and more.
The current release date for “Nightmare Alley” is December 3, 2021, but del Toro commonly premieres his films on the festival circuit before the traditional theatrical release. For “The Shape of Water,” which came out in 2017, the movie premiered at the 74th Venice International Film Festival and received the prestigious Golden Lion award, the highest prize at the event. This ended up being a major indication of the film’s success to come, with “The Shape of Water” going on to win Best Picture and Best Director at the Academy Awards. The next year, del Toro was named Jury President for the Venice Film Festival, while he also served on the jury in 2006, making the well-known festival a very significant event for the director.
Knowing this, it was assumed that del Toro would premiere his newest film, “Nightmare Alley” at the 2021 Venice Film Festival. So why are del Toro and his movie missing this year’s festival?