Published On: Mon, Sep 2nd, 2013

Benedict Cumberbatch rumored to be joining cast for ‘Star Wars Episode VII’

Here’s the latest Star Wars rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch will be joining Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams for the reboot of the Star Wars franchise.

Benedict Cumberbatch John Harrison Star Trek Into darkness photoNoting the rumor swirling around Lucasfilm Film Chronicles says the casting news is true.

Cumberbatch has a history of joking about the film, joining Abrams for a role.

“I’ve already asked [J.J. Abrams] if I can be a lightsaber and we’re in talks – about whirring sounds and the rates for the lights and everything [laughs]…I thought, ‘Yeah, I grew up with them,’ and I just looked recently at when they were released and now I’m like, ‘No, I didn’t grow up with them, I was born with them.’ They were a huge part of my background, and my upbringing.”

There are countless quotes of the Sherlock star reflecting in his love of the franchise, wanting to be Han Solo etc…Here’s some samplings:

“They may be set in space but they dealt with every kind of discussion or morality play, or debate about race or purpose and place and identity, and what it is to belong, and the human condition, and that’s its enduring appeal. I’m backtracking a bit but what I’m saying is my fervor for Trek was there, I just didn’t realize it. I was an out-and-out kid running around with a lightsaber wanting to fly the Millennium Falcon but I think I’m growing into being a Trekkie, if that makes sense.”

“I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are because it’s immediate storytelling, very simple – a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way – and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera. And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo. Everything Harrison Ford did I just thought was the coolest thing ever – Raiders Of The Lost Ark was very much my upbringing as well.”

Stay tuned as the production is likely to begin soon with an anticipated release date of December 2015.


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