When it comes to popular British actors at the moment, they don’t’ come much hotter than Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston. Not only are they card carrying members of the badass last name club, they both happen to be two of the most talented actors on the rise today. They also happen to be great friends, which is something Hiddleston noted when he spoke about replacing Cumberbatch in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming film Crimson Peak.
Speaking with BuzzFeed’s Jordan Zakarin, Hiddelston said that before he accepted the role in Crimson Peak previously filled by Cumberbatch, he called up his friend to get his blessing.
“The thing is we’re really good friends, and as soon as Guillermo called, I called Benedict and I said this is happening, and he was like, ‘Amazing!’” Hiddleston told BuzzFeed on Friday, soon after the news was announced. “So, I had his blessing.”
Both Cumberbatch and Hiddleston have broken through with sects of American pop culture as Cumberbatch’s role as Kahn in Star Trek: Into Darkness exposed him to the sic-fi crowd while Hiddleston won over the hearts of women everywhere with his devilish role in Marvel’s Thor and The Avengers.
Filming will begin shortly for del Toro’s followup to Pacific Rim, and adding Hiddleston to another high profile role will only boost his Hollywood A-List creed further than it already is.