I was excited to see Benedict Cumberbatch join Guillermo del Toro's horror film Crimson Peak! I think he would have been awesome, so it's with a heavy heart that I have to report that he's no longer attached to the project.
The Sherlock and Star Trek star would have starred alongside Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone and Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam. There's no reason given as to why he left the project, but Del Toro is now on the hunt for a replacement. Hopefully he can find a good one! I'm really looking forward to this movie because Del Toro is at the top of his game when he gets to play around in the horror universe.
He has previously talked about the tone of the film, explaining that it's “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story," and that it will allow him "to play with the conventions of the genre [he knows and loves], and at the same time subvert the old rules." He goes into more detail in this statement,
"It’s the turn of the century. So 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. It’s very much... the first half is a love story, then that love story turns darker. And it’s at the same time a ghost story. I’m working at this moment with Lucinda Clarkson who is a really great playwright from the UK. She has the proper degree of perversity and intelligence to turn it into something interesting to watch. It’s sort of a very compelling version of the classic gothic romance, where you have the spookiness and the windswept landscape that dooms the characters, you know?"