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Crimson Peak Is Down One Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Tommy Hilfiger & Esquire event as part of the London Collections: MEN AW13 at Zetter Townhouse at  on January 7, 2013 in London, England.

Benedict Cumberbatch has left the cast of Crimson Peak, one month before his Julian Assange biopic opens the Toronto Film festival. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter the departure wasn’t caused by another project and the paper reminds us that many of Cumberbatch’s “completed films will hit screens” before year end. Guillermo del Toro’s ghost thriller — which currently boasts Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska (who replaced Emma Stone back in June), and Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam — doesn't begin shooting until January, giving the notoriously busy director plenty of time to find a replacement. There’s currently no word on who might take the British actor's role in the gothic horror story, but we’d like to suggest Matthew Goode.

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