Although he became attached to the supernatural thriller earlier this year, Benedict Cumberbatch is dropping out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak, says a story at Variety. Mia Wasikowska, Charlie Hunnam and Jessica Chastain remain attached.
The project, said to be a very set-oriented ghost story, reunites Del Toro with Legendary Pictures, who financed Pacific Rim. Plans are for filming to begin in February 2014.
Cumberbatch isn’t the first major casting change to hit the project. Initially, Emma Stone was set to play the role that Wasikowska recently took over, but left due to scheduling conflicts.
Having starred earlier this year in Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch still has a busy 2013. He’ll headline Bill Condon’s Wikileaks project, The Fifth Estate, and play a role in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years in Slave in October and, in December, join the ensemble cast of August: Osage County as well as play the titular dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
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