Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

Guillermo del Toro already had us on board with his planned haunted house movie “Crimson Peak” when we learned Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam joined the cast, but now he’s upped the ante even higher. According to new reports, Benedict Cumberbatch has taken an undisclosed role in the upcoming movie.

Variety broke the news, and also reported that del Toro and Lucinda Coxen are still rewriting Matthew Robins and del Toro’s original script. Little is known about the story of “Crimson Peak,” but del Toro did describe it as a “very set-oriented classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story” that would allow him to “play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.”

Needless to say, we’re thrilled with this news. Cumberbatch has fast become one of our favorite actors working today, and having him team up with del Toro is an exciting concept. Cumberbatch frequently plays cold, hard characters, and he needs a director like del Toro to break him out of that.

Del Toro spoke with Total Film recently about his plans for “Crimson Peak” and he revealed that the movie would include a love story as a major part of the plot.

“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,” he said. “The first half is a love story, then that love story turns darker. And it’s at the same time a ghost story.”

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