Jim Beaver shared the news that he's the latest addition to the cast of Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak. Supernatural fans will instantly recognize Jim Beaver as Bobby Singer from the TV series, but he's also had dozens of movie and TV roles, including appearances on Justified, Deadwood, Big Love, and Breaking Bad. According to a recent Facebook post he made, he'll be playing one of five leading roles and expects filming to begin in January.
Recently, Emma Stone had to drop out of Crimson Peak due to scheduling conflicts and it’s being reported that Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) is in talks to replace her. If she signs on, she’ll be playing the role of ”Edith Cushing who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.”
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain will star in the movie as siblings from an aristocratic family, while Charlie Hunnam rounds out the main cast. We don’t have confirmation on Hunnam's character, but we’re assuming he’ll be playing Edith Cushing’s husband.
Crimson Peak was originally written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark), and Lucinda Coxon was brought in for a rewrite. del Toro is currently busy with Pacific Rim and will move onto Crimson Peak after he directs the pilot for his TV series adaptation of The Strain.
We still don’t know too 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.”