Benedict Cumberbatch

Del Toro. C’mon. Stop fucking around with this stuff and make Slaughterhouse Five. I beg you. Beseech you. However — if you insist. In that case, I’m down with this casting. Hot off playing Jimmy Harassson or whatever in Star Trek II: One More Time with Feeling, Del Toro is fingering Benjamin Slumerbuns for a role in Frankenstein. I’ll take it!

As a director, Guillermo Del Toro isn’t unusually prolific. He’s made eight films in the last two decades, which puts him comfortably between pre-Tree of Life Terrence Malick and post-Tree of Life Terrence Malick on the productivity scale. But at any given moment, he’s talking up so many intriguing projects that it’s easy to forget he can’t actually make them all at once.

Currently, he’s waiting for the opening of Pacific Rim while getting the pieces together forCrimson Peak. Beyond that, he’s also working on Dark UniverseSlaughterhouse Five, and possibly Hellboy 3 and Pacific Rim 2. All of which means it’ll probably be a while before he gets to Frankenstein, but he already has an idea of whom he wants to star when he does:Benedict Cumberbatch.

Del Toro revealed his casting pick to The Daily Telegraph (via, during the same interview in which he revealed Charlie Kaufman’s involvement in Slaughterhouse Five. The filmmaker didn’t go into much detail, but said only that he hopes to direct Cumberbatch in the Mary Shelley adaptation. The two will have worked together once before, on Crimson Peak.