Cumberbatch Heads For Crimson Peak

Sherlock gets scary

Star Trek Into Darkness

Team Sherlock managed to wrangle Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman back to shoot the third set of episodes, and Holmes himself has said that they’ll return for the fourth. But both men are ever in demand, with Cumberbatch headed to Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak.

The endlessly effusive (and endlessly busy) del Toro is planning Peak as his follow-up to monster mash Pacific Rim (out here on July 12). The haunted house thriller is still largely under wraps, but we do know that Cumberbatch will be starring alongside Charlie Hunnam and Emma Stone in the film, which represents del Toro’s nod to movies such as The Haunting.

Cameras are set to crank on the film in February next year, with del Toro already at work alongside Lucinda Coxon on a rewrite of the script he originally crafted with Matthew Robbins.

Cumberbatch, meanwhile, will rarely be off our screens in the coming year, between playing the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness (May 9) and voice/performance capture work in The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (December 13) plus the third Middle-earth pic, There And Back Again due December 19, 2014. But that’s just the tip of the Cumberberg. He’s also been busy shooting Julian Assange pic The Fifth Estate and those new Sherlock episodes should be with us either later this year or early next. Then we have August: Osage County and Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave, neither of which boast UK release dates yet. Apologies if the phrase “tip of the Cumberberg” made anyone faint.