Guillermo del Toro’s horror film Crimson Peak has lost an actor. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of the project due to unknown reasons.
This is the second casting change that Crimson Peak experienced this summer. Earlier this year, Emma Stone was in talks to play the female lead in the film but was forced to drop out of the project this summer due to scheduling conflicts with Woody Allen’s next feature which she starring in opposite Colin Firth. Del Toro didn’t waste anytime finding a proper replacement as Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland and Stoker) replaced Stone. Despite Cumberbatch’s departure, the film still has a solid cast that includes Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, and Charlie Hunnam.
Specific plot details are unknown at this point but it’s been reported that the story revolves around a young author (Wasikowska) who discovers that her husband isn’t who he appears to be.
While it’s certainly not good news that Benedict Cumberbatch had to drop out of the project, fans of his can take comfort in the fact that he will be appearing in a handful of films coming up. This fall alone, Cumberbatch can be seen in Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, John Wells’ August: Osage County, and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Also, the third season of the hit series Sherlock is expected to premiere by the end of the year.
Legendary Pictures and del Toro are reportedly searching for a replacement. The Pacific Rim director has plenty of time to find another actor however due to the fact that production is expected to begin in February of 2014. Check back for more updates on Crimson Peak as they come our way.