It’s true what they say: Whenever God closes a Benedict Cumberbatch door, He opens a Tom Hiddleston window. Or something.
To be more specific: Tom Hiddleston has officially been cast in Crimson Peak, the upcoming horror film directed and co-written by Guillermo del Toro. Loki, as he’s known in Avenger circles, replaces Cumberbatch, who recently dropped out of the project, sparking apparently misguided speculation that he bowed out so he could appear in the low-budget, completely under-the-radar J.J. Abrams indie, Star Wars Episode VII. Whatever Cumberbatch’s reasons, the exit of one buzzy British actor has made room for the entrance of another buzzy British actor, which is exactly what Elton John meant when he sang about the circle of life.
As The Hollywood Reporter notes, Hiddleston joins a cast that also includes Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Christian Grey himself, Charlie Hunnam. But the specific nature of his role remains unclear. The details surrounding Crimson Peak’s plot also remain a little vague, although Del Toro said in an interview earlier this year that the shocker will be “character-driven,” “R-rated,” “pretty adult” and also “kinky.”
Loki gets kinky. Sure, we’ll watch that.