Benedict Cumberbatch Quits Del Toro’s ‘CRIMSON PEAK’
Star Trek Into Darkness actor Benedict Cumberbatch has sadly decided to walk away from Crimson Peak’ Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming gothic haunted house tale.
If you’ve ever had a nightmare about being chased by the Pale Man from Pan’s Labyrinth, you may already be aware that Guillermo del Toro is capable of creating some truly terrifying horror moments. The director’s work so far has often leaned towards the dark and strange, even in action movies like Hellboy and Blade II, so the news that his next directing project would be a gothic horror story called Crimson Peak came as welcome news.
Benedict Cumberbatch has elected not to star in Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house thriller “Crimson Peak,” sources confirm to Variety.
The “Star Trek” actor had been attached to the Legendary Pictures project alongside Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam but recently left the project for unknown reasons.
“Crimson Peak” is del Toro’s first directing vehicle after “Pacific Rim,” which has grossed over $300 million worldwide.
According to sources, Legendary and del Toro are looking for a replacement for Cumberbatch as “Crimson Peak” is scheduled to shoot in February.
The reasons behind Cumberbatch’s decision to walk away from Crimson Peak are still unknown. The cameras are set to start rolling on Crimson Peak in summer 2014, and del Toro recently told Screen Rant that he will most likely go back to shooting on film after using digital cameras for the first time on Pacific Rim. Still attached to the project are that film’s star, Charlie Hunnam, and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty).
Cumberbatch can next be seen in DreamWorks’ WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate,” which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival next month.
Are you sad to see Cumberbatch and del Toro part ways on Crimson Peak? Explain why you think the actor walked away from the film, and who you think would be the best replacement for him, in the comments.
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