This Friday marks the arrival of the gothic romance film Crimson Peak in theaters. As we count down the days, here are six interesting facts about the film that you can feast your eyes upon...though, I wouldn't dwell too long on them...
Originally Emma Stone and Benedict Cumberbatch were cast for the film. Both had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts (Stone) and undisclosed reasons, though the split was an amicable arrangement between the actor and director Guillermo del Toro (Cumberbatch).
Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska were Guillermo del Toro's next choices for the roles, earning them the casting. Hiddleston was cast within 72 hours of Cumberbatch dropping out of the film. Both actors are close friends in real-life — with Hiddleston even asking for Cumberbatch's blessing before accepting the role.
Cumberbatch told Hiddleston that it was "Amazing!" to have been replaced by him.
After Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska landed the leads, director Guillermo del Toro made some slight rewrites. He also penned 11 to 12 versions of the film before finally settling on a final draft. Del Toro would regularly come up with new scenes during the film's production.
3. Shooting Schedule
Crimson Peak's shooting schedule was only 68 days, while del Toro's previous films had much longer schedules. Pacific Rim's schedule was 100 days and 2004's Hellboy's schedule lasted 135 days.
4. MCU Connection
Both Charlie Hunnam and Tom Hiddleston auditioned for the role of Thor. As we all know, Hiddleston ended up playing Loki — the mischievous god, burdened with glorious purpose.
5. Reunited and It Feels So Good
Actress Mia Wasikowska previously worked with both Tom Hiddleston on Only Lovers Left Alive (2013), and with Jessica Chastain on 2012's Lawless.
Director Guillermo del Toro previously worked with Charlie Hunnam and Burn Gorman on Pacific Rim.
6. The House del Toro Built
The home of Lady Lucille and Sir Thomas Sharpe plays a hugely important part in the film. Every little detail of it was designed by Guillermo del Toro himself. The house was built from the ground up in its entirety. Everything in the set was made specifically for the horror home, with nothing being constructed from reused or salvaged parts.
Sadly, the house had to be torn down at the end of the shoot in order to make space in the studio; it was terrifying beautiful while it lasted.
Those are the facts, ladies and gentlemen! I hope you take heed and enjoy the film. But you must always remember, beware of Crimson Peak!
Catch the fright fest on Friday, October 16, 2015. Also read my review of the film here.