While Guillermo del Toro's upcoming take on William Lindsay Gresham's 1946 novel Nightmare Alley (the second following the classic 1947 film adaptation) is set to be a contender for the Academy Awards, right now it's a question if it will be nominated for Best Score as the film has just lost it's composer.
Two-time Oscar-winner Alexandre Desplat, who was set to compose the music for Del Toro's new movie, has had to back out of meeting del Toro in France to work on the score due to scheduling conflicts. Desplat is already an early favorite to grab an Oscar nomination for his score for Wes Anderson's newest film The French Dispatch. It's interesting to note that if Desplat had scored Del Toro's movie as well and been nominated, he had a chance to be nominated for the two collaborators he previously won Oscars for. Desplat previously won Academy Awards for his work on Anderson's Grand Budapest Hotel and del Toro's The Shape of Water. However, composer Nathan Johnson (Knives Out) has already been brought in to replace Desplat.
Del Toro is hard-at-work editing the film so that it can meet it's December 17th release date. The film will see Bradley Cooper starring as Stan Carlisle, an ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words. He hooks up with Dr. Lilith Ritter (Played by Cate Blanchett), a psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.
Nightmare Alley will co-star Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, and David Strathairn.