Last week, a rumor was floating around that Benedict Cumberbatch, who portrayed villain Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, would again team up with director J.J. Abrams in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII. But the rumor was shot down by the British actor’s representative.
“There is no truth to the rumor Benedict has been cast in Star Wars,” the rep told the New York Daily News. “I think the rumors are circulating because J.J. and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on Star Trek.”
However, during a recent interview with Total Film, and again with Express, Cumberbatch admitted to growing up as more of a fan of the Star Wars franchise than Star Trek. Add the fact that he recently dropped out of Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming film, Crimson Peak, and some signs still seem to point to a reunion.
“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,” said the actor to Total Film. “I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo.”
For those of you who don’t believe in coincidences, the denial from Cumberbatch’s representative is easy to pick apart. Just because he hasn’t already been cast doesn’t mean he won’t be. And Abrams, who tends to cast those with whom he’s worked before, is notoriously secretive and not beyond sending a little misdirection to the media.
Would you like to see Cumberbatch cast in the upcoming Star Wars Episode VII?