Pop quiz: what do you do when Benedict Cumberbatch is set to be the star of your movie, but then he drops out due to mysterious circumstances that may or may not have to do with possibly appearing in a new Star Wars film? If you’re Crimson Peak director Guillermo del Toro, you find another tall British actor with blockbuster success and a massive Tumblr following: namely, Tom Hiddleston. THR reports that the Avengers star has taken over the role Cumberbatch vacated just a few weeks ago.
Crimson Peak is del Toro’s next directing effort, and it will be a much more scaled down film than his “giant robots vs. giant monsters” summer spectacle Pacific Rim. It’s described as a gothic thriller, and the director went into a bit more detail with Collider:
“[Crimson Peak] is a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules…It’s my first adult movie in the English language. Normally I wanted to divide my more adult work for Spanish-language, and my more sort of youth-oriented or fun genre stuff in English. This is the first time I’m gonna try to do an adult R-rated movie in the English language.”
Sounds great to us, and even with Cumberbatch’s departure, it still has a great cast: Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam, and Jim Beaver all star. Hiddleston is an interesting choice for a replacement because – like Cumberbatch, actually – he’s still something of an untested actor in the States. Sure, audiences flock to see the Marvel movies, and though he certainly seems to be one of the most beloved aspects of Thor and The Avengers, will the same crowds turn out to see him when he isn’t battling his hammer-wielding brother? This could be a good chance to find out.
We’re excited to see what del Toro can do with a smaller, more intimate film after the bombastic experience of Pacific Rim, and with such a great group of actors to work with, expectations are high for Crimson Peak. What do you think? Are you happy with the replacement? Is Hiddleston an upgrade or downgrade from Cumberbatch?
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