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Benedict Cumberbatch is out, Tom Hiddleston is reportedly in for Guillermo Del Toro's Gothic romance

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(Read caption) Benedict Cumberbatch (l.) has reportedly left the Guillermo Del Toro film 'Crimson Peak' and actor Tom Hiddleston (r.) has reportedly taken his place.

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Director Guillermo del Toro has described the script for his upcoming film Crimson Peak, his first ghost-themed horror film since The Devil’s Backbone, as a classic Gothic romance with a mix of kinky and scary moments, set in a haunted house in England. It definitely sounds like an interesting project from a director with a lot of great vision, which was why it was both surprising and disappointing to hear that Benedict Cumberbatch, who was signed on for a major role, had walked away from Crimson Peak entirely.

At the time we speculated that Thor: The Dark World star Tom Hiddleston – who is Cumberbatch’s unofficial twin in terms of the roles the two of them tend to get, their physical appearances and their general public personas – seemed like the best fit to step into the place recently vacated by Cumberbatch, and it looks like Del Toro was thinking along similar lines. We’ve just learned Hiddleston has been cast in Crimson Peak, which is set to begin shooting in January 2014.

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