Benedict Cumberbatch Won't Be in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' After All
After being rumored, debunked and reaffirmed, it appears Benedict Cumberbatch won't be taking a role in Star Wars: Episode VII after all. The actor's name first surfaced last fall, but the actor completely debunked those rumors while appearing at the Toronto International Film Festival last year. But the source of the rumor reaffirmed their story a couple weeks later when they reported Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, The Grand Budapest Hotel) had auditioned for a role. But now Cumberbatch says that he will not be in the film, but seemingly confirms that he was in the running for a role, at least at one time. More below!
"I would've liked a part in JJ's new 'Star Wars' but it won't happen sadly."
It sounds like Cumberbatch definitely talked to his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams about a role, but either scheduling or preference for another actor didn't turn out favorably for the actor. One one hand, we would have liked to see Cumberbatch in the Star Wars universe, on the other hand, choosing him seemed a bit cheap since he already played Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. Either, there's probably some "Sherlock" fans who are disappointed he won't be heading to a galaxy far, far away. We're still waiting to get confirmation about the cast, and Star Wars Day on May 4th still seems like the best bet. Thoughts?