Tom Hiddleston replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in Del Toro film

Sept. 06, 2013 | 6:15 p.m.
Benedict Cumberbatch, left, as the villain in "Star Trek Into Darkness" and Tom Hiddleston as the villain in "The Avengers." (Zade Rosenthal / Paramount Pictures; Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

Benedict Cumberbatch, left, as the villain in “Star Trek Into Darkness” and Tom Hiddleston as the villain in “The Avengers.” (Zade Rosenthal / Paramount Pictures; Zade Rosenthal / Marvel Studios)

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.

Tom Hiddleston attends the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)

Tom Hiddleston attends the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 6. (Larry Busacca / Getty Images)

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.

Do you think Hiddleston is a good replacement for Cumberbatch? Let us know in the comments.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+


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16 Responses to Tom Hiddleston replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in Del Toro film

  1. Mark Sallis says:

    Hell no. That guy’s terrible and can’t compete with Cumberbatch. Cumberbatch is on another level, but this guy(Hiddleston) is doing movies that will increase his title as a sex symbol and you can just tell he wants to stay relevant. I wouldnt take this guy seriously. Cumberbatch on the others hand is intelligent when it comes to picking roles that will effect his successful career, hes passionate and he puts all of his effort into his roles. Cumberbatch is doing bigger things. You will hear from that kid in the next 10 years when he’ll be winning Oscars and Emmys. Ill give Hiddleston about a year and everyone will forget about him. Cumberbatch though, his versatility and his talent as an actor, that guy’s gonna go far. He knows what he’s doing.

    • Emily says:

      Cumberbatch is the most annoying, self aggrandizing, talentless actor out there these days. Compare the interviews of each man. Cumberbatch; whiny, entitled and insulting to fans. Hiddleston; kind, generous, caring, into charities and treats fans well. And, as far as their acting, Hiddleston is a stage trained Shakepearean thespian. Cumberbatch is a flash in the pan that ruins everything he touches.

      • John W. says:

        Could you be any more of a negative, over-exaggerating Drama Queen, Emily?

        You've clearly never watched him in Sherlock. And you're comparing talents based on their generosity to charities? Or how kind they are to their fans? Wow.

    • Becky says:

      You have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Have you seen anything he's been in besides Marvel movies? Doubtful. He is absolutely on par with Cumberbatch as far as acting goes, and he's loads more pleasing to look at. That opens up far more roles for him than BC's weird-looking, possibly evil yet somewhat alluring look will.

    • Gray says:

      Exactly. Hiddleston could never be an adequate replacement for Cumberbatch. In anything. I'm sure Cumberbatch has had his reasons to drop Crimson. I've heard the script is terrible. Hiddleston is just picking up his leftovers. I just don't like him. Not as an actor and not as a person. His twitter is the fakest thing ever.

  2. Linda says:

    I would actually say that his friend Benedict is the man of the hour, but I’m thrilled to read an article that says Tom is. He is such a good actor. He deserves more roles and more recognition from the media and the film industry in general. And from the YouTube videos I’ve seen of him, he is a great guy too – eloquent, kind, humble, and a gentleman.

    • Quincy says:

      This article clearly says nothing about Tom being the man of the hour. Look at Benedict’s filmography and compare it to Hiddleston’s and tell me again how Hiddleston is the man of the hour. Benedict is way too up there to be compared to Hiddleston or any other up and coming British actors out there.

      • Linda says:

        I didn’t say that Tom is the man of the hour. I said his friend Benedict is the man of the hour, not Tom.

    • Gray says:

      Hiddleston is an okay actor, but he's not authentic. And he's surely not "the man of the hour". That's Cumberbatch.

  3. SJS says:

    You might want to see Hiddleston play Henry V in the Hollow Crown series from the BBC before you reveal much more of your ignorance about actors and acting…

  4. Brett says:

    Wow. Cumberbatch fans need to switch to decaf or something. Both actors are talented. Why does this have to be an issue, much less a "winner takes all" battle where you have to ridiculously slam Hiddleston? I've seen both perform in a number of projects, and I think Cumberbatch has benefited primarily from having been cast in the plum role of Sherlock in Moffat's modernization of the Holmes stories. Is he truly "on another level"? No – he's a good actor. So's Hiddleston. There's room for both.

    • Jessie says:

      Thank you! I don't see why everyone here has to be all for Cumberbatch or all for Hiddleston. Both are extremely talented. It doesn't matter if they don't look the same or if they act differently, news flash- they're different people! They're friends and are proud of each other for everything they accomplish in life. There is absolutely no need for all of you to make this into a huge competition.

  5. Guest says:

    Cumberbatch fans have serious insecurity issues. It's absolutely unnecessary to slam someone like Hiddleston. He's a nice and upcoming thespian. Of course his CV is smaller than Cumberbatch, who has 5 years above Hiddleston. I take it as a bitter pill for Cumberbatch fans that Hiddleston replaced Cumberbatch in this role. Now suddenly "the script is horrible". Get a move on.

  6. Linaka says:

    Tom has declined roles and fought to be in respectable BBC roles and so has Benedict. Each in their own knows what they are doing and I'm excited to see Hiddleston's role in a horror movie since he's such a sweet guy and to see Cumberbatch's future projects as well. Personally I think it's great that they are successful enough to have choices so it's not like when one drops the other will take it. Also they are friends that have done projects together such as War Horse so I'm surprised that fans would get so heated. I personally am a fan of both and hope that Season 3 of Sherlock and Thor: The Dark World are both instant successes and can advance both their careers. I agree with Brett, there is absolutely room for both.

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