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"It Sadly Won't Happen": Benedict Cumberbatch Rules Himself Out Of 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

by Edward Davis
April 13, 2014 9:48 AM
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So much for all those rumors. Back in September, 2013, Latino Review insisted that Benedict Cumberbatch would be in “Star Wars: Episode VII, and any denials from his camp would need be taken in the same way as his deflections early on about playing Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness" (which turned out to be true).

The site swore that while Cumberbatch’s 'Episode VII' role would be "very small," it would expand and get much bigger in "Episode VIII" and "Episode IX." To their credit, it seemed like Cumberbatch was having some kind of conversations with “Star Wars: Episode VII”-director J.J. Abrams, but then again, who in Hollywood hasn’t? A list of the actors who have sat down with Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy for a potential part in the new “Star Wars” would be the size of a phone book; as many actors have already said, “everyone has met for ‘Star Wars'” (Saoirse Ronan is just one of many actresses who auditioned and then told us she didn’t get the part).

Either way, it looks like Cumberbatch is out. Australian entertainment site The Iris, who was live-tweeting Benedict’s Q&A at OzComicCon, reports his tweet admitting that ship has sailed. “I would’ve liked a part in J.J.’s new Star Wars but it won’t happen sadly.”

Cumberbatch also counted himself out of appearing as Dr. Who in any upcoming versions of the popular TV show. Well, that appears to be that (unless you adhere to the conspiracy that this is misdirection). “Episode VII” opens December 2015.

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  • LA2000 | April 14, 2014 6:06 PMReply

    I hope they do what they did with the first series and cast underappreciated 2nd stringers and unknowns in episode VII rather than a "Grand Hotel"/"Love Boat"/Marvel approach where they try to squeeze as many recognizable names as possible into "Star Wars" halloween costumes.

    Unlike most films, the "Star Wars" brand is big enough on its own to support such a choice.

  • robert | April 14, 2014 7:14 AMReply

    Thank god he is not in another blockbuster. He's been selling himself out in everything he can. He's not that relevant anyway despite that. Or talented enough, for that matter. Plus he can't carry a movie, his last film was a huge flop.

  • hank | April 13, 2014 5:02 PMReply

    could we all stop listening to Latino Review now?

  • ek | April 13, 2014 11:21 AMReply

    Good. I for one am glad he won't be gracing us with his presence in Star Wars, he doesn't need to be in everything. Star Trek, The Hobbit, Sherlock; he's been in enough high profile work currently and other actors deserve their own moments of glory. Ego of the guy...

  • helen | April 13, 2014 12:23 PM

    Based on that ludicrous argument Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and all the other film hoggers should be put out to pasture too. Cumberbatch was the only reason I was tempted to tune into Star Wars VII. Now I can save my money.

  • Rob | April 13, 2014 11:26 AM

    by your logic, an actor who is highly prized by the industry should relinquish roles to let other actors play them because he's had enough high profile work? when was the last time you let someone else capitalize on your good fortune simply, well, because? and what does ego have to do with it? it's called work and he's good at his job.

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