Benedict Cumberbatch at the London Premiere of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' on May 2, 2013ANDREW COWIE/AFP/Getty Images


Sometimes things are just too good to be true -- like, for instance, Guillermo del Toro's forthcoming R-rated gothic romance "Crimson Peak." The graphic ghost story, which del Toro is planning to shoot in January, already has Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam attached, but the peerless enterprise has taken a hit in the form of Benedict Cumberbatch's sudden exit for unspecified reasons. This makes us cry little Cumberbatch-shaped tears.

Details of the movie's plot remain fuzzy, though it's said to concern a woman who discovers that her husband might not be who he appears to be. Del Toro, while making the press rounds for this summer's unparalleled "Pacific Rim," said that the movie will be sexier and more adult than his previous English-language output (that stuff is usually saved for his foreign-language films like "Pan's Labyrinth" and "The Devil's Backbone").

It's weird to think of Cumberbatch and del Toro possibly clashing in some kind of creative way, since everyone who works with the Mexican director seems to sing his praises. But whatever the reason, del Toro will have plenty of time to recast the role since shooting doesn't begin until the first of the year. While the movie doesn't have a distributor yet, it's being fully financed by Legendary, which also produced "Pacific Rim" and recently relocated to Universal. It's an especially good bet there, considering the success Universal had earlier this year with the del Toro-produced "Mama."

Just because Cumberbatch won't make an appearance in del Toro's latest phantasmagorical feast doesn't mean he'll be absent from movie screens. Later this year you can catch him as Julian Assange in DreamWorks' "The Fifth Estate," which will open the Toronto International Film Festival next month; in Steve McQueen's historical epic "12 Years a Slave," out in October; and in the Oscar bait-y "August: Osage County," which opens on Christmas Day for maximum cry-with-your-mother emotional impact. Oh, and he voices the dragon in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," a movie that we have to keep being reminded of not only exists but is coming out very soon. Even better, another season of his excellent BBC series "Sherlock" is in the works.

So don't Cumberfret, Cumberbitches, there will be plenty of Cumberbatch to Cumbercome.

[via Variety]

Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate

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