Guillermo del Toro is an incredible guy. At this point, I’ve been on my fair share of sets and I have never seen any director have such a thorough understanding of every little detail about the production, be so passionate about all those details and then be so thrilled to share every single one of them with a group of visiting journalists. Usually, you’re lucky to get 30 minutes with a director. Del Toro, however, would have stayed with us the entire day if he could, and that made my trip to the Crimson Peak set a particularly remarkable one.
The film stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith, a young woman who crosses paths with two siblings from England, Lady Lucille Sharpe and Sir Thomas Sharpe (Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston). Charlie Hunnam’s Dr. Alan McMichael has had his eye on Edith for quite some time, so when Edith heads out of town with Thomas, he’s not too happy about it. However, Dr. McMichael’s broken heart is the least of Edith’s worries because soon after arriving at the Sharpe’s house, she comes to realize something’s not quite right with the place.
Back in March, we got the opportunity to check out Legendary’s Crimson Peak set at Pinewood Toronto Studios, and while we can’t give you all the details from our visit just yet, we are able to share what we talked about with Del Toro while hanging out in his dream home, the fully realized, three-story Sharpe house he built on the Pinewood soundstage. Keep an eye out for the bulk of our set visit report including interviews with Chastain, Hiddleston and Hunnam a bit closer to the film’s October 16, 2015 release via Universal.