BREAKING: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam have signed on to star in Legendary Pictures’ haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, which will be the next movie to be directed by Guillermo del Toro and is set to begin shooting in January 2014. Del Toro originally wrote the ghost story script with frequent collaborator Matthew Robbins and had set it up at Universal; he now is giving it a rewrite with Lucinda Coxon. Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner, with Universal retaining an option to also finance at a later date. Legendary is also behind del Toro’s Pacific Rim, which is due out July 12 via Warner Bros. Warners will likely distribute Crimson Peak via its deal with Legendary.
Del Toro previously told Deadline that Crimson Peak is best 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.”
Chastain, coming off an Oscar nomination for Zero Dark Thirty, is repped by CAA, as is Sons Of Anarchy star Hunnam. Cumberbatch, the bad guy in the upcoming Star Trek Into Darkness and an Emmy nominee for his PBS Masterpiece series Sherlock, is repped by UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant in the UK. Stone, who next shoots Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s ensemble comedy Birdman, is repped by WME.