Tom Hiddleston, who most fans know as Loki from Marvel’s movie franchise, will be the leading man in Guillermo del Toro’s next film ‘Crimson Peak.’  The haunted house thriller was originally to star Benedict Cumberbatch, but the actor dropped out last month, for undisclosed reasons.  (Rumor had it that he was offered a role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ but his reps have denied that.)

‘Crimson Peak’ is slated to begin filming in January 2014 and will also star Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam.  Legendary Pictures, which also mostly financed del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim‘ (also starring Charlie Hunnam), will produce and provide financing, with Universal Pictures having the option to come on board as a finance partner at a later date.

While not a lot have been released about the film, it is known that the film is a “gothic horror story [that] centers on a woman who discovers that her husband might not be who he appears to be.” Del Toro describes the film as :

 “… a much, much, much smaller movie, completely character-driven. It’s an adult movie, an R-rated movie, pretty adult. Shockingly different from anything I’ve done in the English language. Normally, when I go to do a movie in America for the spectacle and younger audience, for Blade or whatever. This movie’s tone is scary and it’s the first time I get to do a movie more akin to what I do in the Spanish movies… The thing I do in those movies is recontextualization, take a movie and then move it into a completely different place. Like a Gothic and then move it into the Spanish Civil War [The Devil’s Backbone]. This is a Gothic romance, haunted house, in the north of England.”

Of course if you need a more immediate dose of Hiddleston, he will be reprising his infamous role as Loki in ‘Thor: The Dark World’ which hits theaters on November 8th, 2013.  That will be followed by the drama ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ in December and ‘Muppets Most Wanted’ in March.

Are you excited to see Hiddleston in a leading role?  Leave a comment below!

Source: THR