Emma Stone in Talks for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 16th, 2014 at 9:23 am,

Emma Stone for Crimson Peak 1 Emma Stone in Talks for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

Superbad, Zombieland, Easy A, The Help and The Amazing Spider-Man – very different movies with one thing in common: Emma Stone. And it’s not just the fact that she’s a part of the casts for those films. No matter the role Stone takes, her personality always seems to shine through.

It might come off like a backhanded compliment, but it’s not – Stone is just so naturally charismatic and funny, why wouldn’t we want to see her personality on screen? But will Stone be able to keep that fun-loving sass intact for Guillermo del Toro’s forthcoming horror movie?

As reported by Variety, Stone is currently in talks for the lead role in del Toro’s haunted house thriller, Crimson Peak. The negotiations are only in the early stages, but the outlet does note an official deal is likely.

Del Toro is locked to direct the script he penned with Matthew Robbins and plans to rework it with Lucinda Coxon ahead of the film’s February 2014 start date. Legendary Pictures isn’t revealing plot details just yet, but back in December, del Toro took to his message boards to say, “It’s set at the turn of the century and it is a Gothic romance with ghosts. When I use the GR term I use it not in the Barbara Cartland model but rather in a Bronte fashion. Dark and stormy and wind-swept.

He also told Deadline it’s “a 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.”

Guillermo del Toro Crimson Peak Emma Stone in Talks for Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Crimson Peak’

Del Toro also highlighted his enthusiasm to stick with Legendary, as the studio is permitting him to keep in line with “big-sized horror movies” like The Haunting, The Innocents and The Shining. Del Toro noted, “I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.

Come 2014, should Legendary let del Toro do Crimson Peak on a grander scale with the sets and production value of the aforementioned films, this could mean a major adjustment for Stone. If Peak looks anything like del Toro’s next release, Mama (we’re talking chilling environments and a grey color palette), there might not be any room those now quintessential Emma Stone nuances or her on-point comedic timing.

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a little comedy in horror, but based on the direction del Toro seems to be taking this one, Crimson Peak could mark Stone’s biggest departure from her wheelhouse yet – that is, if she signs on the dotted line.

Crimson Peak is expected to start shooting in early 2014.


Source: Variety, Guillermo del Toro & Deadline

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  1. love emma stone. not a big horror fan, but just the fact that emma stone could be in it, has me looking forward to it.

  2. We all know who should be in a Guillermo Del Toro haunted house movie and it ain’t Emma Stone, it’s Mr. Nicolas Cage

    • Nicholas cage is a bad actor IMO, Emma stone is one of my favorite actresses if not #1

  3. I would crawl over broken glass to see Emma Stone in a movie.

    Beauty, brains and personality.

  4. Emma Stone’s crimson peak… NICE.

  5. Emma Stone in anything…….. yes!!

    Del Toro making a haunted house horror movie that ‘plays with conventions and subverts old rules’ hmmm no thanks

    That guy just puts monsters and pixies in every bloody film he’s involved with

    • I agree. I don’t get his appeal

  6. ಠ_ಠ

  7. As a huge fan of del-Toro so I’ll see whatever he’s directing and just like everyone else I think Stone is fantastic.
    I like the idea of seeing her try something different. We already know she can be funny, cute and the girl next door so I think it’s a smart move on her part to try something different while she’s still young. Otherwise she could end up like Meg Ryan who built a pretty long career playing the cute girl. So long in fact that when she tried to move on to dramatic roles moviegoers didn’t like it…

  8. I’m confused. One paragraph you say that GDT is sticking with Legendary bc they’ll let him do this film as a “big sized horror movie”, then in the next paragraph you ask the same question?
    Stone is a competent actress. I personally just can’t stand GDT. He’s overrated, IMO. Try reading his amateur hack novel, The Strain, and see if you still think he’s brilliant

  9. She seems like an absolute doll and I’ve liked her more with every role I’ve seen her take on. GDT, on the other hand, has a terrific imagination but his movies aren’t always worth the accolades they receive, in my opinion. That doesn’t make him any less of a filmmaker, just not exactly the sorts of movies I really go for despite still taking time to often watch them.

  10. she’s not that hot

  11. I would love to see her try something like this!