When Benedict Cumberbatch dropped out of Guillermo Del Toro’s latest project Crimson Peak, it looked like the project was about to be shelved for a bit while a replacement was found. Looks like the project is still a go as it was announced earlier today that another British favorite, Tom Hiddleston,is replacing Cumberbatch in the gothic film. Variety was the first to announce the casting.
The thriller, which will include the talents of two time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain, Hiddleston’s Only Lovers Left Alive co-star Mia Wasikowska and the recently named 50 Shades of Grey star Charlie Hunnam, has set a start date of January 2014 to begin shooting.
Cumberbatch exited Crimson Peak in late August, much to the dismay of fans. There wasn’t a reason given for the departure at the time, though it has been speculated it was due to scheduling conflicts.
Crimson Peak will tell the supernatural tale of author Edith Cushing ( played by Wasikowska) who discovers that her charming new husband is not quite what he appears to be.
Hiddleston, who has played Loki in both Thor and The Avengers, will next be seen on the big screen in November’s Marvel sequel Thor: The Dark World. The actor is also a part of Muppets Most Wanted, which has set a March 2014 release date.