Benedict Cumberbatch And Gary Oldman Once Again Linked To STAR WARS VII
At this point in time I think it’s safe to say we all wish the Star Wars VII rumors would end and Lucasfilm would make some official announcements. There have been several rumors the last several weeks that have popped up about Disney and J.J. Abrams‘ first entry into the new Star Wars trilogy, but tonight has brought the first rumor actually worth repeating. Market Saw, who have been on top of the new Star Wars trilogy from the very beginning, have gotten a new scoop from the source who told them there would be a new set of movies not directed by George Lucas in the first place. This one concerns some casting and what exactly Disney had to do to get Harrison Ford back in the pilot seat of the Millennium Falcon.
According to the site, Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Warwick Davies (Wicket), Benedict Cumberbatch, and Gary Oldman will all have roles in the film. There is an interesting caveat for the Oldman/Cumberbatch casting though. Market Saw says “I believe Cumberbatch and Oldman were pursued for the same role, but I don’t know how that will work out with the script changes, but I’m told they are both involved.” Both men have been mentioned for the movie several times and Oldman himself confirms there had been talks. It will be interesting to see if it really was for the same role, or if the script rewrite made room for both acting juggernauts like the site claims.
Speaking of that massive rewrite from Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, the site also had a rough idea of what the story would be about. There was a report that the script would be more focused on the original cast with the baton being passed for the next installment, so take this next part with a grain of salt since there’s no word on if it’s pre- or post-rewrite:
Ultimately it’s about twins, and which will take a path towards darkness and which will follow in their fathers footsteps, or at least that is what it used to be, that may come later as I think changes are being undertaken to bring the original cast into the forefront of the story leading to ramifications that lead up to the next generation of Skywalkers.
Finally, the site also claims that two more Indiana Jones films were a part of Harrison Ford‘s negotiations for a return as Han Solo. We’ve heard that rumor many times and recent news makes it seem like it’s true. If Ford is officially announced, we could probably expect some word on the future of Indiana Jones shortly thereafter. We’ll just have to wait and see. What do you think about the new casting information?