Well, it’s official: Benedict Cumberbatch has left Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming horror film, Crimson Peak. Though his reasons haven’t been disclosed, and sources close to the matter say his exit is not from another conflicting project, the British actor seems to have a busy enough schedule to see that his exit is not a major surprise. He isn’t the first cast member to drop out of the project, as Emma Stone was attached and then left in June due to scheduling conflicts. Del Toro will be shooting in the first two months of 2014, so that should give the makers enough more than enough time to fill Cumberbatch’s role.
That disappointment aside, Jessica Chastain, Pacific Rim lead Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska, who replaced Stone, are still raring to go for this haunted house thriller. According to IMDB, the plot summary is as follows: “Young author Edith Cushing discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.” Sounds intriguing enough, and fans of Cumberbatch can rest easy, as he plays Wikileaks founder Julian Assange in the fact-based thriller The Fifth Estate, which will hit theaters this October, as well as The Hobbit: The Desolation of Samug in December and the third run of BBC’s Sherlock early next year.
– By Jeremy Kibler
Jeremy Kibler is a freelance writer who never stops watching movies and writing about them. An alumnus of Pennsylvania State University, he has been a fan of the horror genre since he was a kid, renting every Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street from the video store. For more of Jeremy’s reviews, go to https://kibsreviews.blogspot.com/ or follow him on Twitter @jeremykibler25.