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Cumberbatch out of Crimson Peak

Benedict Cumberbatch has pulled out of Guillermo del Toro's haunted house thriller Crimson Peak.

No reason for his departure was given, but sources told The Hollywood Reporter his exit from the horror movie was not due to another project.

Variety, who broke the story, said Gullermo is hastily looking for a replacement as Crimson Peak is scheduled to begin filming in February.

The Sherlock star had been signed up to star alongside Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam.

Mia, who replaced Emma Stone when she pulled out of the project in May, will play a young author named Edith Cushing, who discovers that her charismatic new husband (Charlie) is actually not who he appears to be. Benedict was due to play Jessica's aristocratic brother.

Guillermo has described the film as a "throwback" to horrors such as The Haunting, The Shining and The Innocents.

"[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," he told Deadline.

"I've always tried to make big-sized horror movies like the ones I grew up watching. Films like The Omen, The Exorcist and The Shining, the latter of which is another Mount Everest of the haunted house movie."

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