The announcement that J.J. Abrams would be directing Star Wars: Episode VII was a surprise to many of those who follow film closely, but now a new rumor has surfaced that suggests he might not be the only one to travel from the Trek universe to a galaxy far, far away.
Screencrush is reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch may star in Abrams’ new Star Wars film, and Badass Digest takes it a step further, indicating that this is a major villain role that will span the three new Star Wars films (not counting the upcoming spin-offs). Details are still sketchy at the moment, and no deal has been signed yet. Lucasfilm is denying the report, but keep in mind that Abrams not only denied the fact that Cumberbatch was playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, but went so far as to film fake scenes while movie journos were on the set to throw them further off the scent. Paranoid much?
It’s worth noting that this rumor is also being reported by another no-name site that no one has ever heard of before, so if you’re the type who reads a bunch of movie blogs, you might see a different site as the source for this rumor. But I don’t trust that site and I DO trust the guys at Screencrush, who have been in the game for a long time and have a respected staff of movie bloggers on board. There’s also a little bit of common sense dot-connecting that can be done here: Abrams has worked with Cumberbatch before, and even though STID wasn’t particularly well-received, the actor’s performance was one of the most universally praised elements of the movie. Plus, Cumberbatch mysteriously dropped out of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak recently and didn’t give a reason for doing so, leading to speculation that this gig could be the reason why.
We’ll confirm when we hear for sure, but for now, let’s talk about it: would you like to see Cumberbatch in the Star Wars universe? Let us know below!
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