‘Star Wars: Episode 7′: Benedict Cumberbatch Denies Casting Rumors… Again

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One of the downsides of being a famous actor with legions of adoring fans is constantly being badgered regarding rumors of roles in every major upcoming franchise. As far as hardships go it’s pretty mild, but it probably gets pretty grating for an actor like Benedict Cumberbatch, whose name seems to crop up constantly in casting talk.

Since production on Star Trek Into Darkness began before the acquisition of Lucasfilm by Disney, and the subsequent announcement that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII, Cumberbatch couldn’t have known what he was letting himself in for by playing a major role in an Abrams sci-fi blockbuster. Rumors and speculation about which actors will star in the new Star Wars trilogy have been flying thick and fast, and Cumberbatch has been among the names that have cropped up most persistently.

Last year, when Hollywood gossip pointed to Cumberbatch playing a villain role – potentially a Sith warrior – in Star Wars: Episode VII, the actor denied the rumors, stating that although he would “love to work with [Abrams] again,” he had not been offered a role, adding, “That is that. And that is that.” That, of course, wasn’t that. Rumors of his involvement have continued to bubble up since then, but The Iris AU reports that Cumberbatch has now repeated his denial during a Q&A at Oz Comic-Con.

Given that Abrams is renowned for secrecy when it comes to his upcoming films (even if some of those secrets are very poorly kept), this statement hasn’t dissuaded the most ardent conspiracy theorists from the belief that the director has cooked up a special role for Cumberbatch in the Star Wars universe. His original denial that he would be playing Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness probably doesn’t help matters. Rumors of his involvement – even if it’s just a cameo – will likely continue right up until Star Wars: Episode VII hits theaters, and after that there are still the sequels for those who really want to hold out hope. However, at this point it looks like Cumberbatch is telling the truth.

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Abrams has only directed a small handful of feature films so far, but unlike other filmmakers he doesn’t have a habit of casting the same actors over and over again. Simon Pegg is the exception to this rule, having played significant roles in both Mission Impossible III and the Star Trek franchise, but generally speaking Abrams seems to prefer finding fresh faces. With that in mind, there’s really no reason to believe that Cumberbatch having played a major role in Star Trek Into Darkness guarantees him another major role in Star Wars: Episode VII. If anything, the opposite is probably true.

There’s also the strength of the rumors themselves to be considered. So far all of the buzz surrounding Cumberbatch’s potential involvement can be traced back to blogs which cite either unnamed sources or just general gossip. There’s been nothing concrete so far and the frequency of new rumors seems to have tapered off significantly since the film’s early development days.

Cumberbatch has previously expressed an enthusiasm for the Star Wars franchise, but with filming set to get into full swing a month from now and official casting announcements surely on the way soon, it’s probably best to take his denial at face value and just move on.


Star Wars: Episode VII will release on December 18th, 2015.

Source: TheIrisAU (via The Playlist)

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  1. Yeah well, JJ also denied multiple times that he would direct the movie, sooooo.

    • and I lit a Rock with Erin *it’s a Crack addict scam you keep all the money* beautifull **ore’s sucking my dick

  2. I’d rather him become Doctor Strange if I had to choose between that and Star Wars

  3. Nothing to see here.. move along, move along

  4. Oh no I am disappointed. Anyways I would love to see him as Doctor Strange, a fan at the same Con asked him about playing Doctor Strange in future and he apparently raised an eyebrow & said “interesting”.

    I am crossing my fingers for this to happen.

    • He’d be better as Kang The Conqueror in a future Avengers film.

  5. Good, now he should go over to DC and become BRAINIAC in a man of steel sequel. You all know that’s the perfect part for him.

  6. I would’ve loved to see him as Thrawn, even though they’re not going that direction with the trilogy. He’s just got that Chiss look. I don’t think he works for either Doctor Strange or Brainiac like people are suggesting. I think they need someone a little older for Strange and someone more imposing for Brainiac.

    • Definitely. I don’t see Brainiac at all, and there are others who would work better for Strange, I think. Thrawn is one of the potential roles that Cumberbatch is actually perfect for, generic hype aside.

      I will neither believe or disregard any rumor about this film until I see it on the screen.

      • Agreed. Everything is on the table or up in the air with the level of secrecy surrounding this project. Can we at least get some official images or something? Some promo stuff?

  7. And he was not playing Khan either……

    • To be fair, he was at least confirmed to be in that movie, regardless of how they tried to keep his character a secret. His statement about not being involved in SW7 was fairly straightforward. He didn’t dodge it or anything. I’m not really going to speculate becuase there’s no evidence either way, but I won’t be surprised if he’s telling the truth.

      • That’s the problem when people (Abrams, Cumberbatch, Pegg, etc.) actually lie about, instead of just refusing to discuss, seomthing…they no longer have any credibility, and they can’t be believed.

        And of all things to lie about…a character in a movie?! Pathetic.

    • In my book, he still didn’t play Khan. He’s a very good actor but totally wrong for Khan Noonien Singh. They should have kept him as the augment John Harrison.

      • As talented an actor as Cumberbatch is…he is no Montalban, and thus, no Khan!

  8. Star Wars VIII it is then….. Good one Bene

  9. My name is THRAWN.

  10. GOOOOOOD!!!!!!!!

  11. Okay, here’s the deal. Unless they’re recasting an existing character from the original trilogy, I don’t really care who’s being cast. I fell for that trick before.

    Insert flashback sequence here… it’s 1998…

    “Dude! Have you heard about the cast for the new Star Wars movie? They’ve got Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Samual L. Jackson! This is going to be the best Star Wars ever!”

    Return to present time…

    Slap forehead



    He made “Into Darknass” SO GOOD


    They better at least get Judi Dench!