Having spent 2 years working on The Hobbit Guillermo del Toro is no stranger to casting speculation (mainly that for Bilbo Baggins). Now as he embarks on directing H.P. Lovecraft’s horror novella At the Mountains of Madness speculation is rampant again, with Tom Cruise and James McAvoy said to be circling roles.
In a recent interview Guillermo del Toro addressed these names directly, and while he neither confirmed nor denied anything, he did say he has his eye on some “very unexpected” actors.
When the director stopped by the MTV Newsroom last week, we asked him to address the talk, and had barely uttered Cruise’s name before del Toro jumped in. “And James McAvoy,” he said. “And next week it’s going to be somebody else. I’ve gone through this in ‘The Hobbit’ week by week, where they would say David Tennant, Tobey Maguire. I truly don’t want to go through it again with ‘Mountains.’ We haven’t cast yet.”
But when it came to Cruise and McAvoy, all del Toro would say is “there is nothing tangible” with regard to casting. And as reluctant as he is to go through intense casting speculation again, the Mexican-born director realizes it comes with the territory.
“It’s part of making movies that have a blissful, high visibility,” he conceded. “Everyone has their own interpretation of Lovecraft, especially because of the ambiguity of his descriptions. You know you’re going to disappoint some portion of the fans. You can only bet on your own instincts. For everyone that was supporting Martin Freeman [for Bilbo], there were people supporting James McAvoy or somebody else.
“I have my eye on other actors, some of them very unexpected,” he added about “Mountains.” “I think people will be surprised by every piece of casting in the movie. We will do unexpected stuff. If I was a fan, I would be speculating. In this movie, I’m a fan who unfortunately knows all the information.”
One thing del Toro is more than happy to admit is that he has a role for Hellboy actor Ron Perlman, which he did last week.
Filming is set to begin next summer, so official casting shouldn’t be too far off.
At the Mountains of Madness follows a group of scientists and archaeologists who travel to Antartica on an expedition. There they stumble upon the ancient relics of an abandoned city hitherto completely unknown to mankind and uncover a prehistoric species that is awakened only to wreak havoc on their victims.