Jessica Chastain is the latest to join Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming ghost story, according to a new report. We also have the first plot details from Heat Vision, who reveals that the movie revolves around “a woman who discovers that her husband might not be who he appears to be.”
Joining Chastain in the movie is Benedict Cumberbatch, Charlie Hunnam, and Emma Stone. Crimson Peak was originally written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), and it’s been reported that Lucinda Coxon was brought in for a rewrite. While del Toro is still busy with Pacific Rim, production on Crimson Peak is expected to begin in February, 2014.
We still don’t know much about the story, but we do know that del Toro is aiming for a movie that can sit next to some of the great classic horror films. Here’s what he had to say about his influences:
“To me that is Robert Wise’s The Haunting, which was a big movie, beautifully directed, with the house built magnificently. And the other grand daddy is Jack Clayton’s The Innocents. I’ve always tried to make big-sized horror movies like the ones I grew up watching… Films like The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining, the latter of which is another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie. I loved the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.”