Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ Will Trade You a Benedict Cumberbatch for a Tom Hiddleston


It’s not often one gets to write a story that includes so many names that geeks adore, but here we go: Tom Hiddleston is going to be replacing Benedict Cumberbatch in a Guillermo del Toro movie. Let’s back up a bit though. First, the actors in question. Benedict Cumberbatch, he of Sherlock fame, has been a very busy guy lately. So busy, in fact, that just this week he’s been the subject of a million rumors connecting him and the new Star Wars movie, and he’s signed on to star in a Percy Fawcett biopic called Lost City of Z. Eventually something was going to have to give in his schedule, and it looks like that something is the movie he was going to do with del Toro, Crimson Peak (okay, it was said that he’s not dropping out because of another project, but that could just be because they’re not admitting that he’s in Star Wars yet).

Tom Hiddleston, he of Avengers fame, is an actor who is every bit as charming and every bit as British as Cumberbatch, so when faced with the task of finding a replacement for Cumberbatch in his film, he’s the guy del Toro decided to call. Well, Heat Vision is reporting that the deal is done, the day is saved, and del Toro has his charismatic, British centerpiece. Tim Hiddleston is all signed up to star in Crimson Peak.

For those who aren’t up to speed on what Crimson Peak is, now let’s talk a little bit about the movie. Coming from a script by del Toro and co-writers Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon, Crimson Peak has been described as being a gothic thriller, and it’s almost certainly going to involve a large, haunted house. When he first started talking about making the movie, del Toro said that he wanted to create huge sets for it, and that he was being inspired to make it by classic haunted house films like The Haunting and The Innocents.

Hiddleston will be joining a cast that already includes names like Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. Shooting is scheduled to begin in January, so now that a replacement for the star has been put in place, this one looks to be about as official as a movie that hasn’t been made yet gets. Rejoice, for Guillermo del Toro is actually going to make a big budget haunted house movie. How could this be anything other than awesome?

Weaned on the genre films of the 80s. Reared by the independent movement of the 90s. Earned a BA for writing stuff in the 00s. Reviews current releases at

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