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Benedict Cumberbatch Won't Climb Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'

by Kevin Jagernauth
August 21, 2013 7:52 PM
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Benedict Cumberbatch

Our alternate headline for this was Benedict Cumberbatch Cumber-bails On "Crimson Peak," but that seemed a bit ridiculous. Either way, Guillermo Del Toro is now down a man, but he has plenty of time to find a replacement, so it's probably not a project-altering departure.

THR broke the news on this one, and while the reasons the actor has exited the picture aren't clear, it's not because of scheduling. Speculate away, but perhaps a busy awards and movie season—he's in four films that open in the next four months, "The Fifth Estate," "12 Years A Slave," "August: Osage County" and "The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug"—means that he might just want to take a breather to start the new year. Either way, the film—a gothic horror piece about a young woman and author Edith Cushing who discovers her husband isn't who she thought he was—still has a pretty great batch of actors attached in Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska. As for who will step in for Cumberbatch remains to be seen, but Del Toro has time and he's already shown he can attract top talent regardless.

Until "Crimson Peak" rolls in early 2014, Del Toro will be busy on his FX series "The Strain."

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  • Jane | August 21, 2013 10:26 PMReply

    I have a feeling Chastain will be the next to drop this since she has a slew of projects coming up too. She and Cumberbatch basically signed on at the same time and were meant to play brother/sister.

  • yer | August 21, 2013 9:33 PMReply

    I wonder how tumblr feels about this.

  • Joe | August 21, 2013 8:11 PMReply

    "...a pretty great batch of actors," he says, just as he utters the name "Charlie Hunnam."

  • Aix | August 22, 2013 2:03 AM


  • CB | August 21, 2013 8:09 PMReply

    How about he just saw Pacific Rim?

  • Yep | August 21, 2013 10:19 PM

    *Ding Ding* We have a winner.

  • Frank | August 21, 2013 8:08 PMReply

    I expect more names to bail. In fact, I expect the movie to not happen at all.

  • Joel | August 21, 2013 8:07 PMReply

    I guarantee he dropped it for Oldmab's Flying Horse.

  • joe | August 21, 2013 8:03 PMReply

    how about joaquin phoenix he is free now

  • Josh | August 21, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    Make that four films in the next four months. (12 Years a Slave).

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