Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Star Wars Rumor Origins: Says With A Smile We’ll Have To “Wait And See”


cumberbatchLast week there was a rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch, star of Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness, was in talks to reunite with director J.J. Abrams for Star Wars VII. The actor’s reps flat out denied that Cumberbatch was involved but we all know in this day and age an official denial means absolutely nothing. While at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting The Fifth Estate, Cumberbatch has tackled the Star Wars rumors head-on in two separate interviews. While his reps are denying any involvement, Cumberbatch isn’t so quick to shoot down the rumors. In fact he’s adding a little fuel to the fire.

Speaking with The Telegraph (via Bleeding Cool), the actor is asked if there are any truth to the rumors. He has said on many occasions that he gained a respect for Star Trek while getting ready for Into Darkness, but he was always a big Star Wars fan. Of course he’d like to do it, but there isn’t an “offer” on the table just yet:

“Of course I’d love to do Star Wars and work with JJ Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek,” he says. “But nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that’s that rumour quashed.” Then he adds with a grin: “We’ll have to wait and see.”

Oh that sly grin says wonders. While he says there isn’t an offer on the table, that still leaves open a lot of possibilities. An offer makes it official and close to being finalized. Being “in talks” or having meetings is far more unofficial. I’d bet good money Cumberbatch is at least in talks for the movie.

Speaking with MTV today, Cumberbatch talks about the origins of the Star Wars rumors. You can watch the video below to see the humors exchange when Josh Horowitz tells Cumberbatch to blink once if he’s going to be in the movie, but when asked further about a potential role Cumberbatch said:

I don’t know. I genuinely don’t know. People know I’d like to be, including the boss, most importantly. This is all conjecture after me passing on another film, and that meant me meeting with people saying, ‘Ah, he’s passed to free himself up for ‘Star Wars.” I didn’t know they were filming at the same time. I had no idea, and of course I’d like to be in it. Of course I’d like to do it, but no formal offers are being made at all as far as I’m aware. So really, it is just conjecture.

There’s that “formal offer” again. With Cumberbatch being so open about wanting to be a part of the movie, and J.J. Abrams having such a great experience with the actor and knowing he wants to be a part of his next project, I would be absolutely shocked if Cumberbatch isn’t involved in some way, shape, or form. Hopefully it’s a great big role that makes the actor an important part of the upcoming trilogy. What do you think? Do you believe Cumberbatch is at least in talks for Star Wars VII? Do you hope he ends up being involved?


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Sources :

  • The Telegraph
  • MTV