Lost in all the hype of the "Will he? Won't he?" surrounding and Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens last week (Answer: Who knows?/I'm going to stop reporting any casting news on the internet for the next six months), people forgot completely about the role he vacated with 's upcoming Crimson Peak, set to film early next year in Toronto.
But one charming, up-and-coming British actor's loss is another charming, up-and-coming British actor's gain, with the news that Cumberbatch bestie has stepped in to replace him. So close are the two actors that Hiddleston cleared it with Cumberbatch before formally accepting, as the actor-formerly-known-as-Loki said in an interview with BuzzFeed on Friday:
The thing is we're really good friends, and as soon as Guillermo called, I called Benedict and I said this is happening, and he was like, 'Amazing!' So, I had his blessing.
As these things do, they sent me the script about two weeks ago and it was a very new draft. I know Mia [Wasikowska], who I'll be playing with very closely, and I know Jessica Chastain very well. I've met Guillermo before. And we are all admirers of each others' stuff. And everyone said yes! I'm really, really excited about it. I'll be shooting here in Toronto in February.
The pair of actors, as you may know, became fast friends on the set of War Horse, in which they spent three months training and then filming together.
Sometimes, when an actor or actress passes on a role, the one who replaces him or her is a marked step down, but not so in this case. Del Toro saw our Khan and raised us a Loki with nary a skip in his step. Hiddleston will be joining a cast that already includes, along with Chastain and Wasikowska, the suddenly super-coveted , who had previously worked with del Toro on this summer's Pacific Rim.
Crimson Peak is scheduled for an April 2015 release. Hiddleston will next be seen reprising his role of Loki in Thor: The Dark World and is currently promoting indie black comedy Only Lovers Left Alive at TIFF.
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