Guillermo del Toro's ghost story "Crimson Peak" has found a replacement after Benedict Cumberbatch left. Tom Hiddleston is confirmed by Legendary to fill in the vacant spot left by the "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy" actor.
Production is expected to start in January 2014. Hiddleston will join "Zero Dark Thirty (2012)" actress Jessica Chastain, "Alice in Wonderland" star Mia Wasikowska and "Sons of Anarchy" actor Charlie Hunnam on the cast ensemble.
Cumberbatch was not the only actor who backed out of the new del Toro project. Emma Stone was originally signed on for the film but she departed, leading to "Maps to the Stars" actress Wasikowska being brought in as a replacement.
It's "very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules," del Toro once said of his haunted house pic.
Hiddleston is known for his role as God of Mischef Loki in Marvel's movie universe. The British star has portrayed the villain in "Thor" and "The Avengers", and will next be seen reprising the role in "Thor" sequel, "Thor: The Dark World". His other new projects include "Muppets Most Wanted".