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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While Guillermo del Toro‘s biggest movies (prior to next year’s Pacific Rim) have been derived from comic book characters (Hellboy and Blade), his best work to date has been sourced from a certain supernatural influence. The Devil’s Backbone, Cronos, and Pan’s Labyrinth are either literally ghost stories, or very much kin to them. And now the director is going back to ghosts after Pacific Rim.

Written by del Toro after Pan’s Labyrinth and originally sold as a spec to Universal, a picture called Crimson Peak has now been confirmed as his next movie. The filmmaker says the story is “a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story.” Read More »

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