Rumor: Is Benedict Cumberbatch Joining The ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast?

The Internets caught fire after word broke that Star Trek Into Darkness villain, Benedict Cumberbatch, left Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, Crimson Peak, without giving reason. Could this rumor be the very reason why he left?

Lucasfilm has offered no comment on the matter, but it appears that Cumberbatch could re-team with director J.J. Abrams for Star Wars: Episode VII. There is no word yet from Lucasfilm, Disney, Bad Robot or the actor’s representative; this post will be updated if and when they do. There is also no indication as to whom The Hobbit villain could play in the Star Wars sequel.

One of the major lead roles calls for an actor who is in their teens or twenties, which leads many to speculate that Cumberbatch would play yet another villain. We’re not so sure judging by his recent comments that he would want to play another baddie again after already having done so in Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness. “I always wanted to be Han Solo. Everything Harrison Ford did I just thought was thought was the coolest thing ever — ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ was very much my upbringing as well,” Cumberbatch said in an interview. In that same piece, he joked about already asking Abrams for a part “as a lightsaber’ in Star Wars: Episode VII.

If Cumberbatch is called to represent a side of ‘The Force,’ it is expected that he would join actors Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher on the call sheet. The trio will reportedly reprise their roles in the Star Wars sequel, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet either.

Either way, this all serves as a boon to Benedict Cumberbatch’s career, as he features in no less than three highly anticipated fall movies: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave with Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Wells’ August: Osage County with Meryl Streep and Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate where he will play Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Expect to see Star Wars: Episode VII go into hyperdrive into theaters sometime in 2015.

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