According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming thriller Crimson Peak.
There was no reason given for his departure from the film; however, sources tell THR that scheduling was not the issue.
According to the Huffington Post, Cumberbatch is not the first star to leave the film. Emma Stone was forced to leave the film back in June due to scheduling conflicts. The Amazing Spider-Man actress was replaced by Mia Wasikowska.
Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jax Teller on the hit FX show Sons of Anarchy, along with Jessica Chastain and Wasikowska remain attached to the haunted house thriller which is scheduled to start filming in January.
There have been rumors circulating the internet that Hunnam is now the leading choice to play the lead role in director Sam Taylor-Johnson’s adaption of the E.L. James novel ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’; however, it is not clear if this project would interfere with his commitment to Crimson Peak. Fifty Shades of Grey is due in theaters August 1, 2014.
There are not many details available about the premise of the film other than a short description found on iMDB. Young author Edith Cushing, who will be played by Wasikowska, discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.
Cumberbatch was set to portray the on-screen brother of Jessica Chastain, who worked with Del Toro on his creepy horror tale Mama.
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to be the voice of the dragon Smaug in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug which is set to hit theaters on December 13th.