Leonardo DiCaprio in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro's Nightmare Alley
Guillermo del Toro is certainly piling up the projects on his slate for the next couple of years, with the Pan's Labyrinth director currently at work as co-director on the upcoming live-action reboot of Pinocchio and as writer-producer on TV series Wizards, the third and final instalment in Dreamworks' Tales of Arcadia trilogy.
However, that hasn't stopped del Toro from searching for his directorial follow-up to his Oscar-winning film The Shape of Water and back in December last year he announced that his next stint in the director's chair would be on a new adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel Nightmare Alley.
It now looks like del Toro has set his sights on his leading man for the new film, with none other than Leonardo DiCaprio being lined up for the leading role. According to Variety, DiCaprio is currently in talks to star in del Toro's new adaptation, which is due to begin shooting in autumn this year.
In addition to directing the film, del Toro is also co-writing the script with Kim Morgan. The story revolves around an ambitious young con-man who teams up with a psychiatrist, only to discover that she is even more ruthless and corrupt than he is.
Meanwhile, DiCaprio is due to return to the big screen later this year in Quentin Tarantino's new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which arrives in UK cinemas on August 14th.