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TSRn: Benedict Cumberbatch Joins Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'

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News: Benedict Cumberbatch is joining Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam in Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak. Source: Variety

Thoughts by TSR: Guillermo del Toro directing a haunted house film starring Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam, and Benedict Cumberbatch is an idea I love. Details are being kept under wraps for now, but the director described the film to Deadline 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.” I have little doubt that del Toro will have a ball with the spooky atmosphere and production design, so I’m excited for this one to get underway.

I don’t watch “Sons of Anarchy,” but I’ve liked what I’ve seen of Charlie Hunnam. And Emma Stone tends to be lovely. Cumberbatch is easily the most exciting to me, though. He’s a guy who makes me immediately interested in whatever the project is (or in the case of Star Trek Into Darkness, manages to keep me interested in the face of apathy). He’s been great for a while now, but 2013 really could be the year of the Cumberbatch. In addition to the villain in J.J. Abrams’ film, he’s in August: Osage County, The Fifth Estate, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Twelve Years a Slave. I included him on my list of most anticipated performances for the dragon Smaug, but every one of these roles is exciting. Plus, the third series of “Sherlock” is currently in production. It’s a good time to be a Cumberbatch fan.

As for del Toro, Pacific Rim is one of my most anticipated films of the year. We’ll have to wait a while for Crimson Peak – production is set to begin in February 2014 – but the monsters vs. mechs film should be more than enough to hold us over.

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