Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' lines up cast

One of the many projects Guillermo del Toro is undertaking is the haunted house horror film, Crimson Peak. He not only wrote the script with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon, but will also be directing this turn of the century ghost story/gothic romance.

Details on the plot are limited but del Toro told Deadline that the film can best be described as "a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules."

This Legendary Pictures production has assembled quite the cast, including Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness), and Charlie Hunnam, who is in del Toro’s most recent film, Pacific Rim. Stone and Hunnam will play the lead roles. Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) has also been recently added to the cast.. We know that she’s no stranger to horror since she starred in the surprise hit Mamaexecutive produced by del Toro.

Also, if you remember, a few years back del Toro was planning a scary reboot of the 2003 Haunted Mansion movie, based on the Disney theme park attraction. The plan was to give the paranormal ride a Pirates of the Caribbean counterpart. Although del Toro left that project, maybe he took some cool ideas from the development.

No release date has been announced but it is scheduled to begin shooting in early 2014.

-Larissa Mrykalo

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