“Alice in Wonderland’s” Mia Wasikowska is in talks with Legendary Pictures to star in Guillermo del Toro‘s gothic horror movie “Crimson Peak,” TheWrap has learned.
Should Wasikowska’s reps at WME be able to work out her schedule, the “Stoker” star plans to take over the role that Emma Stone had originally been attached to but was forced to depart last month due to a scheduling issue.
Wasikowska is being eyed to play a young author named Edith Cushing who discovers that her charming new husband is not who he appears to be.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain will co-star as siblings from an aristocratic family, while del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” star Charlie Hunnam also has a lead role in the movie.
Del Toro wrote the haunted house thriller with Matthew Robbins and Lucinda Coxon. Legendary will produce and serve as one of the movie’s main financing partners, while Universal has retained an option to co-finance at a later date. Production will begin early next year
With “Crimson Peak,” Del Toro plans to toy with the conventions of the genre while subverting some of its long-standing rules.
Wasikowska recently starred in Chan-wook Park’s “Stoker” and Jim Jarmusch‘s vampire tale “Only Lovers Left Alive.” She has Richard Ayoade’s “The Double” with Jesse Eisenberg and John Curran’s “Tracks” with Adam Driver awaiting release. She’s also attached to star in David Cronenberg’s “Maps to the Stars,” Todd Haynes’ “Carol” with Cate Blanchett and an adaptation of “Madame Bovary.” She’s repped by WME and RGM Artist Group.