I’ve never heard of the site Film Chronicles, which is reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in Episode VII, but Bleeding Cool says they are a “typically reserved” site generally not given to speculation and rumors, which leads BC to believe they must have a fairly solid source on this.
Casting Cumberbatch in Star Wars right on the heels of Star Trek Into Darkness seems just a tad too pat to me, even for J.J Abrams, but it’s true there’s been plenty of buzz about some sort of extremely imminent casting announcement. Could this turn out to be it? As always, we’ll just have to wait and see… And grit our teeth for the inevitable and obvious set of jokes regardless.
Aside from Trek, Cumberbatch is best known playing the title character in the BBC’s Sherlock. His upcoming slate of films includes The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Fifth Estate and 12 Years a Slave.
Totalfilm points out that both Cumberbatch and Kathleen Kennedy will be making appearances at the Telluride Film Festival tomorrow, so take that as you will.
UPDATE: Variety’s Marc Graser is saying this is nothing more than a “fun rumor.” The plot thickens!
UPDATE #2: Badass Digest is discounting the denials, saying that Cumberbatch is not yet a done deal, but that the role is that of a major villain expected to reoccur throughout the new trilogy.