The Force Awakens

UPDATED RUMOR: Benedict Cumberbatch Cast for Star Wars Episode VII

Rumors were flying about last week concerning Benedict Cumberbatch and his involvement with Star Wars: Episode VII after dropping a role in Guillermo Del Toro’s Crimson Peak. Today, Tony Scudder at Film Chronicles wrote up a report indicating that Benedict Cumberbatch has, in fact, been cast for a role in the sequel film, with an official announcement on the horizon.

There’s a lot of gossip swirling around that Lucasfilm are about to make a big casting announcement regarding Star Wars VII, and that casting announcement appears to be none-other than Benedict Cumberbatch, most recently seen in director JJ Abrams’ previous movie, ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’.

How Cumberbatch fits into the new movie is entirely open to conjecture (seeing as we know zero plot details so far!) Casting calls suggest we may see three or four early twentysomething Solo / Skywalker offspring in the film, which seems to count Cumberbatch out at a wise thirty-seven years old. Would Abrams use him as a villain for the second time in a row, or might he make an infinitely more appealing and energetic new Jedi hero, perhaps keeping the peace with Luke Skywalker? I know I’d rather cheer for Cumberbatch than hiss at him.

With no source stated in the report, I would take this very lightly until an official announcement has been made.

According to Total Film, both Kathleen Kennedy and Benedict Cumberbatch will be attending Telluride Film Festival tomorrow, “and Lucasfilm likes to make Star Wars announcements on Tuesdays (apparently).” If this report is accurate, we may get a casting announcement soon.

Personally, I don’t like the idea of a Star Trek actor jumping into the Star Wars universe. I love both franchises, but I like to keep them separate. Benedict Cumberbatch is a great actor given his performance in Sherlock, but I’m a bigger fan of having undiscovered or relatively unknown actors as part of the Star Wars cast. Any other thoughts behind this rumor and it’s potential to become a reality?

UPDATE 10:51am: Marc Graser of Variety isn’t buying it:


UPDATE II 11:30am:

(This is more than good enough for me to consider this debunked -Jason)


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