On Friday, it was announced that Tom Hiddleston would be replacing another British favorite, Benedict Cumberbatch, in Guillermo del Toro’s supernatural thriller Crimson Peak. Hiddleston has since spoken out about the casting saying that the deal came with the permission of the film’s former star, and there are no hurt feelings between the two English stars.
The actor spoke to Buzzfeed on Friday while promoting his latest project, Only Lovers Left Alive, at the Toronto International Film Festival. “The thing is we’re really good friends, and as soon as Guillermo called, I called Benedict and I said this is happening, and he was like, ‘Amazing!’ So, I had his blessing,” Hiddleston shared in an interview as soon as the news was made public.
“As these things do, they sent me the script about two weeks ago and it was a very new draft,” Hiddleston said. “I know Mia [Wasikowska], who I’ll be playing with very closely, and I know Jessica Chastain very well. I’ve met Guillermo before. And we are all admirers of each others’ stuff. And everyone said yes! I’m really, really excited about it. I’ll be shooting here in Toronto in February.”
As soon as Cumberbatch, whose departure from the film was announced a few weeks ago, gave his friend the thumbs up, it was an easy decision for Hiddleston to make.
Hiddleston and Cumberbatch’s friendship has been been years in the making, not just because each have an army of fans, called Hiddlestoners and Cumbercollective (Cumberbitches) respectively, supporting them on the internet. The two friends co-starred together in the Steven Spielberg helmed drama War Horse, and the friendship blossomed into mutual admiration during the film’s press tour.
Both Hiddleston and Cumberbatch are in Toronto at the moment to promote their films. Hiddleston, as mentioned before, is showcasing the gothic romance, Jim Jarmusch’s film Only Lovers Left Alive, which co-stars Wasikowska, Tilda Swinton, and Anton Yelchin. Cumberbatch, on the other hand, is promoting his drama The Fifth Estate, the story of the rise of WikiLeaks and the effects of it on everyone involved.
Hiddleston will next be seen on the big screen as Marvel villain Loki in November in Thor: The Dark World while Cumberbatch just recently wrapped filming for the third season of his hit series, Sherlock, whose airdate has yet to be announced.