Emma Stone had to drop out of Guillermo del Toro’s 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, The Wrap reports that she’ll be playing the role of “Edith Cushing who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.”
It was previously reported that Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain will star in the movie and it has been revealed that they’ll be playing “siblings from an aristocratic family.” Charlie Hunnam rounds out the main cast, but we don’t have any details on the character he’ll be playing at this time. 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 still busy with Pacific Rim, but production on Crimson Peak is expected to begin in February, 2014.
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.”