Emma Stone in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'
Just over a month ago, we learned that Guillermo del Toro had set up a new project with Legendary Pictures to follow their collaboration on Pacific Rim. Crimson Peak will have del Toro returning to horror in the form of a haunted house thriller which the director describes as "a very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story." Now the first member of the cast has surfaced as Variety reports Emma Stone (who can currently be seen in Gangster Squad and soon Movie 43) will venture into the terrifying genre for the first time (unless you count Zombieland) with the master of horror. More below!
More specific plot details are still under wraps, but here's what del Toro said last month:
"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. I loved the way that Kubrick had such control over the big sets he used, and how much big production value there was. I think people are getting used to horror subjects done as found footage or B-value budgets. I wanted this to feel like a throwback.”
It'll be interesting to see how Stone fares with a horror film that doesn't have comedy to diffuse the tension. Stone has really been genre jumping a lot lately, and it's good to see an actress of her caliber getting decent roles (even if her presence in Gangster Squad is underwhelming). For her first foray into horror, it's hard to go wrong with del Toro. Though we're hoping it's better than Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, which del Toro produced. Mama will mark another new horror film with del Toro's name slapped on it, and Jessica Chastain should help keep it elevated and effective as a horror film.