Tom Hiddleston may currently be best known for his turn as a fan favorite villain from Marvel’s Thor series, but that’s all set to change over the course of the next year. Judging from the wide-ranging list of projects the actor is scheduled to take on in the coming months, it looks as if Hiddleston is about to rule 2015 the same way that many proclaimed fellow British actor Benedict Cumberbatch owned 2014.
As of now, Hiddleston has four movies set to hit the big screen in 2015, which span the genres — from biographical to horror. By far, the most well-known and highly anticipated of these projects is a little film called Avengers: Age of Ultron. The sequel to the hugely successful superhero franchise will feature the actor reprising his famous role as Thor’s evil brother, Loki, alongside other returning cast members Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, and Scarlett Johansson, among others. Though the blockbuster isn’t set to hit theaters until May, fans have been eagerly poring over details regarding the film’s plot and cast for months now, with excitement reaching a particular high after this summer’s Comic Con.
While Age of Ultron will be the actor’s biggest movie to soon hit the screen, Hiddleston will also be moving well beyond the superhero role he’s most known for in the next year. Following the release of the Avengers sequel, the actor is also set to star in the forthcoming horror flick Crimson Peak, currently scheduled for release on October 16. While not as high-profile as the former, Crimson Peak has drawn public interest for its high-quality cast and creative team.
Directed and written by prolific filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro, the project is set in a crumbling mansion in a rural region of northern England in the 19th century. Hiddleston stars as Sir Thomas Sharpe, the charming new husband to young author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) who turns out not to be whom he appears to be. Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam also co-star.
Another Hiddleston project drawing plenty of attention? The upcoming biopic, I Saw the Light, which is set to hit theaters sometime in 2015. The actor will be playing the titular role in the film, based on the 1994 book Hank Williams: The Biography, and he’s already started preparing. Hiddleston made headlines earlier this month for covering two different Williams’ songs during a surprise performance at Michigan’s Wheatland Music Festival. The resulting footage quickly went viral, and though there wasn’t enough to tell if he’d be able to do the country star justice, it was certainly enough to stir up all kinds of buzz for the film, which co-stars Elizabeth Olsen as Williams’s wife, Audrey Mae.
Hiddleston’s fourth 2015 film, High-Rise, also boasts an all-star cast, featuring the actor alongside the likes of Jeremy Irons, Luke Evans, Sienna Miller, and Elisabeth Moss. Based on the novel of the same name by J.G. Ballard, the movie takes place in 1975 London and chronicles the dangerous social situations that arise within the isolated community of a high-rise luxury tower block. An exact release date for the film hasn’t been set yet, but it’s expected to hit theaters sometime this year.
With so many diverse projects on the horizon, it’s clear that Hiddleston is on the verge of having a banner year career-wise. After 2015, it seems safe to say that the talented actor will have cemented himself as a full-blown Hollywood star.