Leonardo DiCaprio likely heading to Toronto

Pop Goes The News – Leonardo DiCaprio is likely coming to Toronto later this year.

The actor is in talks to star in Guillermo del Toro’s latest feature film, Nightmare Alley, which is scheduled to shoot in the city from Sept. 30 to Jan. 28.

It’s the second time William Lindsay Gresham’s 1946 novel of the same name has been adapted for the big screen (del Toro penned the script with Kim Morgan). The first version, in 1947, starred Tyrone Power.

The Nightmare Alley remake (registered as Tyrone Productions Inc. as a wink to the star of the original) will be based at a warehouse near Cherry Beach.

The film is about a con man who is conned by a female psychiatrist with whom he creates a mentalist act.

No additional casting information has been revealed.

DiCaprio last worked in Canada on 2015’s The Revenant, which was shot in B.C. and Alberta. He starred in 2004’s Aviator and 2002’s Catch Me If You Can, which were both partly shot in Quebec.

Del Toro directed Oscar-winning 2017 film The Shape of Water in Ontario as well as 2015’s Crimson Peak and 2013’s Pacific Rim. He also produced the FX series The Strain, 2013’s Mama, 2009’s Splice and the forthcoming Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark in Toronto.