You never like to see a popular actor leave a project like Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak; especially when their name is Benedict Cumberbatch. First Emma Stone had to exit the film due to a conflict in her schedule now we see another one go — this time, however, it hurts much worse. As a huge fan of Cumberbatch I was pretty damn excited to see the actor take on a crazy horror flick with none other than Guillermo del Toro at the helm. Despite Cumberbatch leaving, which is no doubt some sad news, I’m positive that del Toro will find a fitting replacement – and most likely very soon.
With both Stone and now Cumberbatch out, here’s what the cast for Crimson Peak looks like: Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska (who is replacing Stone) and Jessica Chastain (below). That’s definitely still a solid enough cast but the real question now is who will del Toro choose to fill the shoes of Cumberbatch? I’m sure we’ll be finding out sooner rather than later as del Toro prepares to start production on the gothic romance ghost story early next year.
Still no official plot details have been announced but here’s what the man himself, del Toro, had to say on Crimson Peak:
“It’s the turn of the century. So it’s at the turn of the century and half of the movie takes place in America, and the other half takes place in a crumbling mansion in Cumbria. And basically it’s a ghost story and gothic romance, trying to subvert the rules of the usual gothic romance. It’s very much… the first half is a love story, then that love story turns darker. And it’s at the same time a ghost story. I’m working at this moment with Lucinda Clarkson who is a really great playwright from the UK. She has the proper degree of perversity and intelligence to turn it into something interesting to watch. It’s sort of a very compelling version of the classic gothic romance, where you have the spookiness and the windswept landscape that dooms the characters, you know?”