‘Star Wars: Episode 7′: Benedict Cumberbatch Denies Being Offered a Role

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Actor Benedict Cumberbatch may not, by precise definition, be a rising star, as was discussed by the Screen Rant Underground Podcast crew during the Summer 2013 Movie Awards episode, but he certainly is one of the most hard-working and in-demand performers in show business right now. Not content to only steal the show as the antagonist in Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch will appear in three awards-contenders – 12 Years a Slave, The Fifth Estate and August: Osage County – in addition to voicing and portraying a dragon via motion-capture in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, later this year.

Cumberbatch – who will soon return to the small screen for season 3 of the BBC’s Sherlock mini-series – recently dropped out from the cast for director Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Gothic haunted house feature Crimson Peak (he’s since been replaced by the Internet’s other favorite English actor, Tom Hiddleston). That news helped to feed the subsequent rumors that emerged, suggesting that Cumberbatch left del Toro’s film in order to make room for a re-collaboration with Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams on the much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII.

It wasn’t long after the the reports about Cumberbatch joining Episode VII – which also emerged right around the same time as rumors began to circulate about there being a major Star Wars casting announcement on the immediate horizon – that the actor’s reps issued a public denial, saying that he has not been cast in the film. Cumberbatch was attending the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival this past week to promote Fifth Estate (read the first reviews for the Wikileaks drama), but he took some time to offer his own formal denial of a Star Wars deal (via Access Hollywood):

“This is the simple truth. J.J. [Abrams] and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that. And that is that.”

Bearing in mind that a public denial by an actor or their reps doesn’t mean so much nowadays – Charlie Hunnam’s reps denied that he will play Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey before he was officially cast two weeks later and several of Cumberbatch’s Star Trek Into Darkness costars flat-out lied about the identity of the film’s villain – it’s not unfair to give Cumberbatch the benefit of the doubt for now, if only because he’s already signed on for so many other developing projects (including the leading roles in The Lost City of Z and The Imitation Game).

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There is undeniably something enticing about the prospect of having Cumberbatch bring his gravitas to the Star Wars universe, be it while playing a sinister Dark Lord of the Sith (as is rumored), a dignified military commander for the New Republic, or possibly even a Jedi Knight disciple of the seasoned Jedi Master Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill, said to be getting back into Jedi shape for Episode VII). Then again, it could also be for the best if Cumberbatch does not sign on for every other project coming out from Hollywood – lest he become over-exposed – and leave it to some other 30-40 year old thespian to work alongside all the young whipper-snappers who are rumored to appear in the forthcoming Star Wars trilogy.

… But we won’t be so angry if it turns out that Cumberbatch is lying in this case.


Star Wars: Episode VII is tentatively slated to reach theaters by Summer 2015, though it could wind up delayed until the Winter Holiday Season.

Source: Access Hollywood

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  1. he just looks like a sith tell me im wrong

    • Actually he’s perfect to play Sith Lord Jerec.

    • your wrong

      • Really? Jerec? From Dark Forces 2? He doesn’t look anything like him. Fun game though.

      • You’re wrong about using the word “your.”

  2. yea i remember jj saying he could never direct star wars yet, here we are. i’m still holding out for this!!!!

  3. I think the fact that he denied getting the role is the most proof he got the role. Notice Tom Hidlesten and Zac Efron have not denied the rumor.

  4. Committing to Star Wars no doubt means committing to at least three films.
    Cumberbatch, with his varied interests and in-demand status, would
    be disinclined to restrict his options by entering the franchise.

    While other actors have lied about such matters I believe
    he is telling the truth as much as people hope he is not.

  5. These “denials” may lack context. For instance, he may have met with the Star Wars people, discussed a role, and no offer has yet been made. And that is that, so he says.

  6. And John Harrison is not [REDACTED] either.

  7. Bummer if that’s the case and he won’t be in it I personally don’t always believe every single word from interviews like this for any movie so maybe there still is hope that he’ll be in it because episode 7 is so covered up and at least I don’t know anything about it other than the obvious and the countless rumors and there are probably more to come. Anyway I bet this will be awesome I feel that with the casting I will be unknown actors like the originals but who knows I’m kinda hoping it is because I like unknown actors at least for the original movies I did maybe it would be cool to try something different and get a few more famous faces in there who knows. I can’t wait for this

  8. Who cares about Star Wars. I mean really, it’s just another rehash. I’m so tired of these revamps… Total Recall… Robocop… Star Trek… Batman. It’s boring. Just money people wanting more money. Not film makers wanting to tell great stories. Give me something new, something I’ve not seen before. Give me Guardians of the Galaxy.

    • No it’s not a “rehash”. It’s episode 7. Which implies that it’s what happens after return of the Jedi

    • Star Wars doesn’t fit in with the other films. Total Recall, Robocop, Star Trek and Batman are all reboots – they are restarting the continuity. So yeah, they’ll go over some old ground, but I hope that a lot of them will look at what went down well and not-so-well with The Amazing Spider-Man and taking lessons from that.

      Star Wars isn’t getting rebooted. It’s a continuation that not only creates the opportunities to tell new stories in film, but has led to the creation of at least one new videogame (by DICE) and a new TV show (Rebels, last I heard.) And anyway, isn’t Guardians of the Galaxy a rehash of Green Lantern?

    • Wow. You really don’t have any clue what a rehash/reboot is do you? Ep 7 is not a reboot. It’s a continuation of the story.

  9. I really hope he is the big baddie in Star Wars.Come on JJ give him a call.

  10. I should say that if you saw the screaming crowds of Cumberbatch fans in Japan you’d think he was a star on the rise. He got more fans at the airport than Pitt or Depp. So many magazines in Japan wanted a photoshoot with him that they were only given 1 minute each to take photos. Only Cruise in his hayday had that level of press interest. Even tonight at the premiere the girls were screaming far for him at the 12 years a slave premiere than e.g Pitt so I do think some of the Us blogs need to wake up to his growing popularity

    • Calm down, Holiday. Cumberbatch is an established actor, and he doesn’t need the ‘evidence’ you listed to prove his popularity. Most people knows that he’s popular, and not just among fangirls. Please don’t insult him by still categorizing him as a ‘rising’ star.

      As for the Star Wars rumors, that obviously was manufactured by movie blogs; yeah, throw ‘Cumberbatch’ and a hot topic (may it be Egypt or Star Wars) together, the internet will just explode. How freaking convenient for a slow news day.

  11. The maths don’t add up. JJ Abrahams good director + Cumberbatch Great actor = Very average Khan Noonan Singh

    • Because you forgot to add the “writers”. Khan in STID is a poorly written and thin character, and is criminally underused. The writers tried to crane in too many twists and fan service. If not for Cumberbatch to make the thin character convincing, the film would be a disaster, not even a plain summer popcorn movie as it is now.

  12. From the begining everyone said he’s not playing and everything, I just kept saying in my mind that Disney had tightly concealed on what has been going on in the development on Star Wars ep.7. Who knows if the cast who’s rumored had already been cast but they denied the news just to let out the surprise later? I hope that’s what’s been going on. And I think Cumberbatch would be a great Sith whilst J.J. Abrams direct it.

  13. Like how everyone involved in Star Trek Into Darkness kept saying the villain was not going to be Khan?

  14. He also denied being Khan. We can trust no one!

  15. cant wait to see sean connery in SW7 so glad hes in the cast hes my favorite and always will be hope he lives until SW9.

  16. Kevin Costner was just cast too it keeps getting better! Hoping for Donald Pleasance.

  17. I think they are right about rep’s denials. I remember when Carrie Fisher’s reps said she was just joking about reprising her role and look at all the articles about her reprising her role, including all the hints she dropped back in April.

  18. Even though i like Cumberbatch, everytime i hear about somebody new being cast i dont like the idea of it

  19. ….what if he played a Jedi?
    I know his menace is perfect for a Sith….but seriously. Put some brown robes on him and look at some of his more positive movies. I think he could pull of a Jedi main just as well, and would give him more screen time, which isn’t a bad thing.


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