When Guillermo Del Toro started casting Crimson Peak earlier this year it surprised many as the movie isn’t due to shoot until next year. While he’d signed Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain, his gambit of getting actors early hasn’t completely paid off with one star, as Benedict Cumberbatch has exited the movie, according to THR.
He’s the second actor to bail, as in June Emma Stone bailed and has since been replaced by Mia Wasikowska.
Cumberbatch signed up in April, but now he’s out, with Legendary Pictures and Del Toro currently seeking a replacement for the Star Trek Into Darkness. The film is scheduled to begin production in February.
Guillermo del Toro is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon. The project is said to revolve around a haunted house, but no specific story details have been confirmed. It’ll start shooting next February.