Guillermo del Toro has quite a full plate as of late. His new film, Pacific Rim, is set to come out in the U.S. on July 12th, and he already has a plethora of other announced projects in development. However, his follow-up directorial effort after Rim is Crimson Peak, a gothic horror film Del Toro co-wrote with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark collaborator Matthew Robbins and The Heart of Me writer Lucinda Cox. Emma Stone, of Zombieland and The Amazing Spiderman fame, was set to star in a leading role, and while it seems negotiations came to a head in January, she has since dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. With her pedigree of acting and old school charm, it’s no doubt this news comes as a disappointment to some, but the resourceful Del Toro has found a more than competent replacement.
Mia Wasikowska, who starred earlier this year as the frightfully off-kilter lead in Park Chan-wook’s Stoker, has taken over the vacated role in Crimson Peak, playing Edith, a young author who discovers that her charming husband is not who he appears to be. Rounding out the stellar cast are the brilliant Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) as aristocratic siblings, while Pacific Rim star Charlie Hunnam occupies the other lead role as the husband.
Del Toro has described the film as “a very set-oriented; a classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time, subvert the old rules.” The critically lauded director has cited The Omen, The Shining and The Exorcist as his main influences for Crimson Peak. Production is aiming to start at the beginning of 2014, with most other details on the project being kept under wraps.
Wasikowska can next be seen in Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, as well as Richar Ayoade’s sophomore film, The Double. Keep your eyes on Diabolique for more on Wasikowska, Del Toro and, of course, Crimson Peak.
– By Robert Vaughn
Robert Vaughn is a graduate of Montclair State University, NJ, with a B.F.A. in Filmmaking. Throughout his time in the program, he worked on various aspects of pre, pro and post-production. Writing has always been a favorite of his and he feels this “favoritism” shows in his work. Various professors, students, directors and actors have praised his writing ability. On top of writing for Diabolique, he has written for TV, written/co-written feature films for So Real? Entertainment and is currently working on a feature length dark comedy script of his own. Follow him on twitter: @rvaughn881