Alexandre Desplat (The Grand Budapest Hotel, The King’s Speech, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Godzilla, The Queen) is set to reteam with director Guillermo del Toro on the upcoming psychological thriller Nightmare Alley. The film is based on the 1946 novel of the same name by William Lindsay Gresham and stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Willem Dafoe, Toni Collette, Richard Jenkins, Ron Perlman and David Strathairn. The movie follows an ambitious young carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words as he hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is. Del Toro also co-wrote the screenplay with  Kim Morgan and is producing the project with J. Miles Dale (Mama, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark). Desplat has previously scored del Toro’s last feature The Shape of Water, for which the composer won his second Academy Award and is also collaborating with the filmmaker on the upcoming Netflix animated feature Pinocchio. Nightmare Alley is scheduled to be released in theaters on December 3, 2021 by Searchlight Pictures.

Also coming up for Desplat is Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Martin Bourboulon’s Eiffel.