Tom Hiddleston seems to be the man of the hour.
The actor, best known for his performance as the Marvel villain Loki, has been cast in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming haunted house thriller “Crimson Peak,” Legendary Pictures announced Friday.
Hiddleston replaces “Star Trek Into Darkness” actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who dropped out of the Del Toro project last month.
“Crimson Peak,” set to begin filming in January, is a gothic horror tale about a young author (Mia Wasikowska) who discovers her new husband is not who he claims to be.
Other cast members include “Zero Dark Thirty” actress Jessica Chastain, who starred in the Del Toro-produced “Mama” earlier this year, and Charlie Hunnam, who starred in Del Toro’s robots vs. kaiju epic “Pacific Rim” and was recently (and controversially) cast as the lead in “Fifty Shades of Grey.”
“Crimson Peak” is to be directed by Del Toro, who also shares a writing credit for the film, slated for an April 2015 release.
Hiddleston is clocking quite a bit of time in the spotlight these days. The 32-year-old actor appeared in an adorable “Sesame Street” video earlier this week, teaching Cookie Monster the definition of “delayed gratification.” The appearance followed his recent rendition of “The Bare Necessities” at Disney’s D23 expo in Anaheim last month. During a presentation for the upcoming Tinker Bell film “The Pirate Fairy,” in which Hiddleston voices none other than Capt. Hook, Hiddleston broke out into song. And in July, Hiddleston brought Comic-Con International’s Hall H audience to a frenzy when he turned up in full Loki costume at Marvel Studios’ panel.
Hiddleston is set to reprise the role for “Thor: The Dark World,” due in theaters Nov. 8. He has also been cast in next spring’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” currently in post-production.
Joss Whedon, who directed Hiddleston in “The Avengers,” said the actor was known on set for being “enormously kind and gregarious.”
“He’s very different than a lot of the other guys,” Whedon told Hero Complex last year. “A lot of the actors would come at it from, ‘Let’s do some scene work and shape the script,’ which I’m very comfortable with. Tom, I think possibly with all the Shakespearean training, he takes what he has, and says, ‘Well, how do I make this work,’ and is so gracious about it, and so inventive.”
As for Cumberbatch, he has not said why he exited “Crimson Peak,” though “Star Wars” speculation abounds.
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