Guillermo Del Toro wants Benedict Cumberbatch for Frankenstein

The Pacific Rim director has expressed interest in the Sherlock star for long-awaited project


Guillermo Del Toro may have just finished up robot vs monster extravaganza Pacific Rim, but it seems that he already has his eye on Benedict Cumberbatch for future project Frankenstein.


The Spanish director, best known for Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy, apparently expressed interest in casting the Sherlock star in an interview with The Telegraph, which states that he revealed “he is hoping to direct Cumberbatch again in a new film version of Frankenstein.” 

This wouldn’t be the first time Del Toro will direct Cumberbatch, with them both working on Crimson Peak, a haunted house movie, that starts shooting early next year. Nor, of course, would it be the first time the actor has played Mary Shelley’s monstrous creation; with him having 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.


Fans shouldn’t get too excited too soon, however. Del Toro is hardly known as the most prolific director and still has Dark Universe, Slaughterhouse Five, and possibly Hellboy 3 and Pacific Rim 2 to make before he even gets around to tackling Frankenstein.