5 April 2013 11:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guillermo del Toro is finalizing the guest list for his haunted-house thriller “Crimson Peak” as Jessica Chastain is final negotiations to co-star in the Legendary Pictures movie.

She joins Benedict Cumberbatch, Emma Stone and Charlie Hunnam with Guillermo del Toro set to direct. Plot details are unknown at this time as del Toro and Lucinda Coxon work through a rewrite on a script del Toro and Matthew Robins originally penned.

Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner on the movie, with Universal Pictures retaining an option to finance at a later date. The film is set to begin shooting in February 2014.

Crimson Peak” will reteam Chastain with del Toro, who exec produced the horror film “Mama,” in which she starred.

Since receiving an Oscar nomination for her perf in Sony’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” the only other project Chastain had committed to was the adaptation of “Miss Julie. »


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