Benedict Cumberbatch Departs Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak


Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Though the reason for his departure is unclear, the actor will no longer be starring in the film and del Toro now has to find a new leading man, according to THR.

We’re gonna go ahead and guess that Cumberbatch just wanted a bit of a break. He has The Fifth Estate, 12 Years A Slave, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and August: Osage County all opening in the next few months. Plus, he’s still finishing up shooting on season 3 of Sherlock. The man has been extremely busy lately and though he’s raised his profile considerably over the past year or so, I can’t blame him for wanting a breather.

Cumberbatch is one of my favorite actors, and though this news definitely disappoints, the gothic horror film still does have a respectable cast attached to it. Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska are all still set to star. Even though Cumberbatch is now gone, you can bet that del Toro will still be able to attract a big name to fill the opening and once we hear who the director has settled on, we’ll be sure to let you know.

Tell us, who do you think should replace Benedict Cumberbatch in Crimson Peak? Any ideas? Let us know in the comments below.