Benedict Cumberbatch is apparently wanted for Guillermo Del Toro’s long-planned Frankenstein film.
Del Toro (pictured below with James Cameron) is due to direct Cumberbatch in Crimson Peak, a haunted house movie that starts shooting early next year (2014). In a new interview with the Daily Telegraph, Del Toro revealed “he is hoping to direct Cumberbatch again in a new film version of Frankenstein“.
Del Toro’s Frankenstein film has been in development since 2009 and the director has previously said he wants Doug Jones, an actor who specialises in non-human roles involving heavy makeup, to play the Monster. Cumberbatch appeared in a 2011 London stage production of Frankenstein directed by Danny Boyle, alternating the lead roles of Victor Frankenstein and the Monster with co-star Jonny Lee Miller.
The massively in-demand Cumberbatch has three films coming out later this year (2013): The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug; August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; and The Fifth Estate, in which he plays WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Later this summer he’ll finish filming season three of Sherlock, which is expected to air on BBC1 towards the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Del Toro’s latest film Pacific Rim opens in cinemas this Friday (July 12). Scroll down and click ‘play’ to watch a trailer for the monster movie, which stars Idris Elba and Charlie Hunnam.