Benedict Cumberbatch Drops Out of Del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has elected not to star in Guillermo del Toro’s haunted house thriller “Crimson Peak,” sources confirm to Variety.

The “Star Trek” actor had been attached to the Legendary Pictures project alongside Oscar-nominated Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam but recently left the project for unknown reasons.

“Crimson Peak” is del Toro’s first directing vehicle after “Pacific Rim,” which has grossed over $300 million worldwide.

According to sources, Legendary and del Toro are looking for a replacement for Cumberbatch as “Crimson Peak” is scheduled to shoot in February.

Cumberbatch can next be seen in DreamWorks’ WikiLeaks drama “The Fifth Estate,” which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival next month.

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  1. holiday says:

    I was really looking forward to seeing Cumberbatch in this. Disappointed.

  2. AmericaBeautiful says:

    Any other ideas why he bowed out? Don’t they get along? Is there something in the script which he objects to? If so, good for him. Stand your ground, Ben.

  3. Arch Bailey says:

    Cumberbatch is having way too much success, and apparently way too much fun to encumber himself in high pressure tent poles — keep up the unique castings and keep surprises to yourself — long live the Cumberbatch!

  4. Aliv says:

    Nooooo.. I was looking forward to it

  5. S. Farmer says:

    Poor guy needs to take a break sometime. Too bad though, this film looks like it could be fantastic.

  6. “over $300 million worldwide.”

    Or just under $400m worldwide as of Sunday the 18th of August. ($384 and counting. The film could be on course to end its run with a similar amount to Star Trek Into Darkness; a film that cost the same as Pacific Rim to produce. Yet (just as with Star Trek (2009 and X-Men Origins Wolverine) one film is being bashed as a flop, while the other (both cases Trek) most decidedly is not.

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