News of Benedict Cumberbatch being cast as the lead role of Thomas Sharpe made waves in initial press for the 2015 film. However, almost as soon as his name became attached to the project, he was stepping back from the role for reasons that were initially unknown. At first, speculation circulated that he was leaving Crimson Peak to star in a secret role in J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Later, Cumberbatch commented that he had left the project due to "creative differences" with Del Toro, but assured that the split was amicable. Tom Hiddleston was cast in the role only 72 hours later, as he was Del Toro's second choice. Before accepting the role, Hiddleston sought permission from Cumberbatch, who is a good friend in real life, and got his blessing.
I’d like to remind everyone that Crimson Peak and TH did some filming literally walking distance from my house. Benedict could have been here!
I think they are still just speculating about why BC left the film. I don't remember him saying it was for "artistic differences" with Del Toro. There was a very pushy THR journalist that it seems made BC angry questioning him about it. BC did not gave him any reason and the guy dared to claim that he won't go very far in Hollywood refusing to answer entertainment journalists questions!
I was thinking that it indeed would had been a very different film. All of them are excellent actors but I think both BC and Emma Stone are I don't want to say more charismatic because it sounds derogatory to the others but it seems to me they have a stronger presence on screen. Not just compared to the actors playing the parts they would had originally play but to the other two, too. And the film lost both of them!
I’m pretty sure that “artistic differences” is a generic term they use in show business when no one wants to publicly state the reason for parting ways. No blame is assigned to either one, everyone walks away on good terms, and everyone officially agrees that everything worked for the best in the end.
Of course! But in this case, BC just refused to talk about it. I remember he did say indeed that it was amicable but didn't mentioned anything about creative differences.
It could had been another thing. For example, another project it didn't worked for him or something personal. I thought it was very rude of the journalist to ask in such a way. Whatever it was, BC never told and refused to do it.
Ha! I don’t think BC gives a shit what some “entertainment journalist” thinks about his chances in Hollywood are. He could give up Hollywood films right now and it wouldn’t affect his career in the least.
The worst part was that it was a profile of him and they put him on the cover! His only cover until now for the magazine!
The guy described him as a very tormented moody actor who didn't know how to play the game. Very strange! But in general, the one who looked worst was him because his issue with BC was only that, he refusing to tell him why he let Del Toro's film.
I'm not a fan but I kind of felt very happy when I read this,
Finally a non-Loki project! Also it sounds like a very interesting ambiguous character! Good for him!
The project marks something of a departure for Hiddleston, who has most recently graced the big screen as Thor’s nemesis Loki under the “Thor” and “Avengers” franchise. He’s also set to lead Disney Plus series “Loki,” which is currently filming.