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Guillermo del Toro‘s follow-up to Pacific Rim, Crimson Peak, just got official. The period haunted house story will start filming in Toronto February 2014 set for release April 2015. Co-written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins, it’ll be filmed under the production title Haunted Peak, while retaining the original title for release.

Read about that, and co-star Tom Hiddleston‘s initial reaction to reading the script, below.

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As Guillermo del Toro does press rounds for the disc release of Pacific Rim, naturally he’s talking about other films. He mentioned the ongoing screenwriting efforts for Pacific Rim 2, for instance, and in another interview he was questioned about his upcoming haunted house move Crimson Peak.

The director says that one is very much designed as an R-rated piece of horror, which should please fans of the genre. Del Toro is working on the pilot of The Strain now, and says “I go into shooting Crimson Peak in February. That’s basically my next year-and-a-half or two years.” He also says he still hopes to make his adaptation of Roald Dahl‘s book The Witches, which he’s been working on for years.

In addition, the voice cast has been announced for The Book of Life, which is the Day of the Dead-set animated feature the director is producing. Read More »

Tom Hiddleston at D23

Loki is taking over for Khan in Guillermo del Toro‘s latest. Last week, Benedict Cumberbatch dropped out of del Toro’s upcoming haunted house film Crimson Peak for one of many possible reasons. He’s now been replaced by an actor that’s sure to please just as many, if not more fans. Tom Hiddleston will be taking over the role Cumberbatch vacated.

It was also revealed that Legendary will co-finance the film with Universal. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch

Sorry, fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, but you won’t get to see him working in Guillermo del Toro‘s haunted house thriller Crimson Peak. The actor was set for a role, but has pulled out of the film for reasons unknown. Read More »

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As Guillermo del Toro begins the last big promo push for his giant monsters and robots extravaganza Pacific Rim, he’s starting to talk a bit more about his next movie, the haunted house period piece called Crimson Peak. The director has talked about the movie as a big haunted house movie in a grand old style, but aside from the cast (Charlie Hunnam, Mia Wasikowska, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain) we haven’t known many details about the film.

Now he has described moments of “ very visceral, physical violence,” that are part of a film that flows from almost “sedate romance” to brutal scenes designed to give the audience a shock. Read More »

Mia Wasikowska

Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak has been picking up A-listers at an impressive clip, but now the casting’s hit a bit of a snag. Emma Stone, who was the first star to sign on for the film back in January, has now dropped out.

Fortunately, del Toro’s already closing in on a more than suitable replacement. Mia Wasikowska is reportedly in talks to fill the part, provided she can get the scheduling to work out. Benedict CumberbatchJessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam remain attached. More details, including character info, after the jump.

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Guillermo del Toro‘s haunted house film Crimson Peak is quickly becoming one of the most star-studded films on the horizon. The Pacific Rim director had already cast Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam for the film, then he got Benedict Cumberbatch on board. Now he’s cast Jessica Chastain, the actress nominated for multiple Oscars, who previously worked with Del Toro on this year’s surprise hit Mama. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch Joins ‘Crimson Peak’

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Benedict Cumberbatch is becoming one of the most sought-after screen actors, thanks originally to his leading role in the BBC series Sherlock, but also to attention-getting gigs like his Star Trek Into Darkness villain.

Now Guillermo del Toro has turned to Cumberbatch to bolster the cast of the haunted house movie Crimson Peak. Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam are also part of the cast. At this point we don’t know how any of them fit into the story, or what side of the moral fence Cumberbatch will be on. Read More »

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