Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch Has a Role in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'?

September 2, 2013
Source: Film Chronicles

Benedict Cumberbatch

Before anyone gets carried away, keep in mind that this is a huge rumor coming from Film Chronicles, an untested source for trusted information. After playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness for director J.J. Abrams, it sounds like the "Sherlock" actor Benedict Cumberbatch might shack up with the filmmaker again in another sci-fi role, in another huge sci-fi franchise. Supposedly the actor is waiting in the wings for an announcement from Disney and Lucasfilm that he will have a role in Star Wars: Episode VII. Of course, since we don't know anything about the plot, we're not sure what character he would be. Read on!

Since villains have taken the form of Sith Lords, bounty hunters, corrupt politicians and more, there are a variety of choices if Abrams were to use him for a bad guy again. But maybe Abrams will pull a 180 and make Cumberbatch a hero this time. It seems kind of lazy and easy to cast Cumberbatch as the villain after Star Trek Into Darkness, but he's a spectacular actor, and we're sure his performance wouldn't be just like his turn as Khan, which was a stirring portrayal of the character, even if he wasn't written very well. His casting would make sense since the actor is no longer starring in Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak. Either way, the casting of Cumberbatch will likely create some dissension among fans and critics of J.J. Abrams, but we'll see if this turns out to be anything more than a rumor.

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  • Nathan Williams
    Interesting I'd be more than ok with this count me in!
  • cottoncandy100
    Its an awesome choice for any big role. He's the best actor of his generation.
  • lars
    I wouldn't be surprised if he was playing Darth Sidious
    • Chris McDermid
      Sidious is dead. This is Episode seven. My prediction.... could be Grand Admiral Thrawn.
      • OfficialJab
        mother of god
      • lars
        I meant playing the clone of Palpatine
        • Chris McDermid
          AHHH Very true sir never thought of that one, ala Dark Empire.
      • avconsumer2
        Holy crap. With the red eyes? Spitting image. Eh - dunno if they'll go with that canon though. They could definitely do worse though. He would also make a standard Imperial Officer's uniform look mighty snappy.
      • Steven
        Except they have said they will not be taking material from the books.
        • Chris McDermid
          Except that Lucas said he would not do material from the books. Kathy Kennedy and Disney are another matter, and have no such constraint.
          • Steven
            Yeah - but he's still involved with the new films. Besides, if your correct then use of Sidious as a clone is possible making your original comment contradictory. He would make a great Thrawn though :)
      • Thexn
        Cumberbatch would be an excellent Thrawn. Almost the perfect casting choice.
  • noahwayne0
    John Noble would be a better Sith
    • Nathan Williams
      John Noble would be an excellent choice! Fully agree good call! And JJ briefly worked with him on Fringe so it's a possibility!
  • germss
    We probably won't know who he's playing until we see the movie, and then we'll kick ourselves for actually thinking it could have been anyone else.
  • Brian Sleider
    Will wait for actual confirmation, would be great though.
  • DonnyFace
    Tom Cruise would be great in this series. Villain role also.
    • Nathan Williams
      Ugh hell no.
    • cobrazombie
      What did you just say?
  • si1ver
    Mark Strong was born to be a Sith Lord. And more Cumberbatch is always a good thing, hero or villain.
  • cobrazombie
    Fingers crossed for a Rob Schneider cameo.
  • solarshock
    I have it from unconfirmed sources that he will be donning the role of a prosperous, seductive Wookiee dancer during one of the several musical numbers in the film
  • Avi
    bring darth Maul back from the dead and I will be in!




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