Shock Till You Drop has an amazing interview with Guillermo Del Toro about Crimson Peak – made back in March – and he shared a lot about the film so far.
The film stars Mia Wasikowska as Edith, a young woman who crosses paths with two siblings from England, Lady Lucille Sharpe and Sir Thomas Sharpe (Jessica Chastain and Tom Hiddleston). Charlie Hunnam’s Dr. Alan McMichael has had his eye on Edith for quite some time, so when Edith heads out of town with Thomas, he’s not too happy about it. However, Dr. McMichael’s broken heart is the least of Edith’s worries because soon after arriving at the Sharpe’s house, she comes to realize something’s not quite right with the place.
Crimson Peak will be released only in October 16, 2015, but we’re excited already about it. You can read some excerpts below, and head over the STYD website for the full interview:
It’s part love story, part ghost story. “The reason I was attracted to this thing is that, when one story ends, the other one flows, you know? Like, you have, I think, a really good love story and when that ebbs, the ghost story kicks in, and then the complete psycho story picks up, you know? So my hope is, I don’t want to do a straight gothic romance. I want to do it hardcore, which is different. But I don’t want to do it exactly the way it has been done. I want to bring different stuff.”
Mother Sharpe is responsible for it all, but will only appear in the film in a portrait hanging in the living room. “This is the guilty party of everything that happens.” Discussing the actual painting, del Toro explained, “The photo of the lady was taken by David Cronenberg’s daughter and that’s what we based the light on.” He added, “This is a very typical pose of a landowner portrait in Victorian portraiture. The cameo on her neck is the cameo that was my grandmother’s, and it’s the cameo that is [in] The Devil’s Backbone on the character of Marisa Paredes, and it’s the cameo that Jessica wears. And the ring on her finger [is] the ring that Thomas gives Mia as an engagement ring when they’re gonna marry.”
What we know about the Crimson Peak ghosts. “I wanted to do it on camera. I didn’t want ghosts that felt translucent. I wanted ghosts that were there. But they’re very, very special and peculiar and nice … There’s basically two or three forms they have and they are there with the actors. The actors turn around and there’s the mother*cker.”
Jessica attended a press conference at Ischia Festival two days ago, and while I’m still looking for more info/videos about it, check this pretty pictures I’ve found:
Variety – Jessica Chastain (“Zero Dark Thirty”) will be feted at Deauville American Film Festival with a tribute.
Previous Deauville honorees include Julianne Moore, Annette Bening, Susan Sarandon, Robin Wright and Naomi Watts.
“Through her successive roles, (Chastain) has confirmed her emotional capacity to grab the limelight like no one since Nicole Kidman, and the Festival presented her with its “New Hollywood” award.(…) We salute her grace and talent, and the beauty of the truth she brings to her performance, which Christopher Nolan and Guillermo del Toro will raise to new heights in their forthcoming films,” said Bruno Barde, Deauville’s artistic director.
Added Barde, “The tribute is a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient. For the past few years, we have been paying tribute to those actresses who embody the cinema of today, and who will form the legacy of tomorrow.”
Chastain has been on Deauville’s radar since her performance in Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life.” She received the festival’s New Hollywood award in 2011, the release year of “Take Shelter,” which won Deauville’s Grand Prize.
The star’s upcoming movies include “A Most Violent Year,” Del Toro’s “Crimson Peak,” “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” “Miss July” and Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
I am thrilled it is not a traditional biopic that Andrew Dominik is preparing, but a story about the idea of this woman who becomes a blonde and being devoured by the fame and the film industry. I think it’s an important story to tell in Hollywood, where the system of the studios is not so changed since then.
The film is still in pre production and is too soon to know a date for the start of filming. Jessica’s favorite movie with Marilyn? Bus stop. Jessica then spoke of her relationship with Italian cinema.
“I appreciate the Italian cinema, I hope to improve the language to understand it better. Fellini first of all and then I love Dario Argento’s Suspiria. Nicolas Refn recommended it to me, he was right. And I like Gomorra, altough I can not remember the name of the director, it would be wonderful to work with him. I find that Italian cinema is going through a good phase, The Great Beauty was a great movie this year ‘
And how Jessica’s future will be? “Full of cinema, also as a producer, like I did for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. For artists, I find it a great responsibility to support their colleagues.
Jessica and actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was awarded last night as actress and actor of the year at Ischia Global Fest. It was also the Italian premiere of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, showed up at the festival. Check in our gallery some pictures of the evening:
FYI: Jessica Chastain wore a glittering Mary Katrantzou dress.
More photos of Jessica at Ischia Festival has been added to our gallery: