Emma Stone in Talks to Star in Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak'

January 15, 2013
Source: Variety

Emma Stone

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.

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Good to see her in something by Del Toro. Hard to believe this is the guy that did Blade 2.

Xerxexx on Jan 15, 2013


Blade 2 can be taken with a grain of salt. I enjoyed it more after seeing it again, but the above poster is right, way to many things Del Toro is involved in right now. I wish he would've ditched some of the commitments he made and directed The Hobbit. I think I'd have preferred his take more than Jackson's. Not that the Hobbit was terrible, but it doesn't hold up against any of the LOTR films.

quazimoto on Jan 16, 2013


If not compared to LotR its actually a superb film.

Xerxexx on Jan 16, 2013


"...Guillermo del Toro had set up a new project" been hearing this a lot last years...just saying. Love the guy and his work, but too many balls in the air.

David Banner on Jan 16, 2013


totally true...

avi on Jan 16, 2013


Couldn't agree more. Wish he'd hurry up and make a Hellboy 3!

quazimoto on Jan 16, 2013


I quite enjoyed the Del Toro produced Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. It wasn't perfect, but it was effective and a good story. Here's hoping his new project is more like El Orfanato. That was an excellent film. Emma Stone will be great regardless.

David Kinskey-Lebeda on Jan 16, 2013

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