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