Crimson Peak, one of several projects cooking on the stovetop of director/producer, Guillermo del Toro has procured a cast member whose stock is currently soaring in Benedict Cumberbatch.
While details on the film's plot are still vague, it has been described as being Del Toro's love letter to old school set-oriented haunted house films, specifically the 1963 Robert Wise classic, The Haunting, mixed with The Omen, The Exorcist, and The Shining. Such a cocktail seems to indicate a more insular, psychological type of film where the various threats are not only represented by the obligatory ghosts, but the very setting itself. What little bit of information the report had to provide on the plot states:
"The gothic horror story centers on a woman who discovers that her husband might not be whom he appears to be."
Cumberbatch joins confirmed cast members, Charlie Hunnam and Emma Stone (who are likely the couple in question) and should bring some considerable weight to the project. At this point, no details have been revealed about Cumberbatch's role, although a supernatural antagonist of some kind seems a likely choice.
The actor, known for starring in the BBC's acclaimed Sherlock, is a little over a month away from the release of what looks to be an impressive career-altering effort as villain, "John Harrison" in Star Trek Into Darkness. (Although, renewed rumors still persist that the character may actually be someone else we already know.) Having even nabbed a critical voice role in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug as the titular the fire-breathing dragon (he will also voice The Necromancer in the series), his arrival for Del Toro's extra-corporeal epic could prove to be an even bigger acquisition by the time production commences in February.
Crimson Peak tries its best to remove the stain left by The Haunted Mansion from the ghost genre when it hits theaters on a date yet to be determined.
UPDATE: You can now add recent Oscar nominee, Jessica Chastain to the cast.