Once Guillermo del Toro is done giving us what is guaranteed to be one of the years highlights with Pacific Rim, the director will then move on to direct the pilot episode for horror TV series The Strain. Plans are in place for del Toro to then move on to his next big directing project, the haunted house horror come romantic thriller, Crimson Peak. Reports are saying that del Toro plans to start production on Crimson Peak next February.
The cast already includes sexy red head Emma Stone and Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam. Today is was announced that Benedict Cumberbatch has signed on to join the cast, although details of his character are being kept under wraps. Cumberbatch has become a huge star and household name after appearing in the TV series of Sherlock, followed by superb performances in films like The Whistleblower, War Horse and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. And let’s not forget possibly his biggest role to date, that of the villain in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness.
Cumberbatch will become THE name to watch after Abrams’ Star Trek sequel, and del Toro has got there first and bagged the superstar for his new film. Nice one!
While details on Crimson Peak are scarce, back in December the film was described as being influenced by classic haunted house films like The Innocents, The Shining and Robert Wise’s The Haunting, while other films like The Exorcist and The Omen were also mentioned.
Del Toro described Crimson Peak to Deadline as “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.”