Emma Stone Leaves del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’; Mia Wasikowska May Replace Her

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:24 am,

mia wasikowska crimson peak Emma Stone Leaves del Toros Crimson Peak; Mia Wasikowska May Replace Her

Guillermo del Toro’s giant robots versus monsters blockbuster, Pacific Rim, opens in theaters next month (at the time of writing this); thereafter, the filmmaker will be returning to his supernatural horror roots with Crimson Peak. Story details are, by and large, being kept secret, but del Toro has described the script – which he started out co-writing alongside Matthew Robbins (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and later revised with playwright Lucinda Coxon – as “a ghost story and gothic romance.”

The cast for Crimson Peak has been shaping up quite nicely, between Emma Stone, Charlie Hunnam, Benedict Cumberbatch and – most recently - Jessica Chastain having closed a deal to appear in the film. Unfortunately, Stone had to leave the project due to a scheduling conflict with another movie on her long to-do list; that includes the new rom-com from Cameron Crowe – formerly known as Deep Tiki – and Woody Allen’s currently-untitled next project, which he will shoot in France (with Stone co-starring opposite Colin Firth).

The Wrap is reporting that Mia Wasikowska has entered negotiations to replace Stone in Crimson Peak, well-before principle photography gets started in 2014. Wasikowska – if she signs on – will play a young author named Edith Cushing, who discovers some unpleasant information about her charming husband’s (Hunnam’s character?) past; meanwhile, Cumberbatch and Chastain will portray siblings from an aristocratic family.

Wasikowska is no stranger to either the windswept gothic romance sub-genre or creepy fare in general (see: Jane Eyre, Stoker). The bulk of her upcoming roles will continue to be in more non-mainstream (re: artsy) projects like Jim Jarmusch’s vampire feature Only Lovers Left Alive and David Cronenberg’s Hollywood satire Maps to the Stars; though, she could have at least one big-budget feature in her future, assuming that Wasikowska reprises her role as Alice Kingsleigh in director Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland for Disney’s planned sequel.

As for del Toro: Pacific Rim is looking to deliver on its promise of wonderful geek-tastic entertainment, but the planned sequel will remain a shaky prospect until the opening weekend box office returns are tallied. Regardless of what happens with that film, we’re looking forward to del Toro’s self-described return to pure “scary stuff,” after his “essay on ghosts” with The Devil’s Backbone and the horrific fairy tale elements found in Pan’s Labyrinth.


Crimson Peak is slated to begin filming in the first half of 2014, with part of the production taking place in Toronto. We’ll keep you updated on the project, as more information becomes available.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. I’m down with more Wasikowska. Stoker was (sadly) lousy so I’d like to see her have a good turn in a true creepy film.

    • Not so lousy I think.

  2. Still nowhere near Justice League Dark, huh?

  3. Crimson Peak might be OK on Netflix. Not sure about Pacific Rim, tho. Would like to see Del Toro go back to At The Mountains Of Madness idea. I would really like to see serious period piece horror flicks for the stories The Case Of Charles Dexter Ward (H. P. Lovecraft), The Black Castle (Les Daniels), The Wolf In The Garden (Alfred Bill), The Godforsaken (Chelsea Quinn Yarbro), The Prey (Robert Arthur Smith), and House Of The Wolf (Basil Copper). Those six stories are excellent horror stories in the genre, and if done right, could be fantastic atmospheric horror movies!! (Incidently, if you have not read them, treat yourself and do so now. They are mostly “out of print”, but Amazon & Ebay periodically have them available, and there is always the inter-library loan system at many libraries).

  4. Haunted House, Charlie Hunnam, Emma Stone. Count me in :D

  5. Mia Wasikowska would actually be an upgrade for this particular film.

    • Once again I agree.
      Maybe it’s because I’ve never seen (or remember) Stone in this type of role but Mia Wasikowska seems to be a better fit.
      If I were to be 100% honest though my biggest concern about this film and equally Pacific Rim is Charlie Hunnam.
      I question his ability as a feature film leading man. I don’t want to say he’s a “bad” actor but after watching SoA over the years and seeing him in a few Indy flicks I don’t see much, I guess you could say range.
      He was funny on Undeclared though. :)

      • I guess that’s why I’m not so concerned with Hunnam being in Pacific Rim because so far, I haven’t seen him in anything so I have nothing to judge or gauge him from.

      • I agree with you too on Charlie Hunnam. He is the wild card in both films.
        It is hard to have confidence in his performance but maybe he’ll deliver.
        Guillermo del Toro obviously does so I’m trying to keep an open mind.

  6. Having watched ‘Stoker’, a movie I consider to be one of the finest pieces of film directing I have seen for quite a considerable amount of time (Freud would’ve loved dissecting this movie), and indeed watching Mia confirm she is one of the finest actresses of her generation right now, I can ride with anything she is cast in. There is no limit to what this young lady could achieve right now.