By Jeff Sneider
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "The Avengers" villain Tom Hiddleston has signed on to star in Legendary Pictures' haunted house thriller "Crimson Peak," directed by Guillermo del Toro.
Hiddleston replaces Benedict Cumberbatch in the cast, which also includes Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska.
Legendary will produce and be a participating financing partner on the movie with Universal Pictures retaining an option to also finance at a later date.
Production will begin in January.
In addition to his famous turn as Loki in Marvel's "The Avengers" and the "Thor" series, Hiddleston recently starred in Steven Spielberg's "War Horse" and Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris." He'll soon be seen in "Thor: The Dark World," Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" and Jim Jarmusch's "Only Lovers Left Alive."
He's repped by WME, Hamilton Hodell in the U.K., Authentic and Peikoff Mahan Law.