The star of J.J. Abram’s Star Trek Into Darkness may, like Abrams himself, follow up one space-set saga with another. The casting rumour mill is buzzing with news of Benedict Cumberbatch being cast in the director’s first Star Wars movie—could it be true?
The U.K.-based movie bloggers at Film Chronicles have picked up on some reports regarding a big casting announcement expected from Lucasfilm any day now—and they’re pretty certain that the name Kathleen Kennedy is about to drop belongs to the man who played Star Trek‘s latest villain.
Kennedy is attending the Telluride Film Festival today and—my, what a coincidence!—so is Benedict Cumberbatch. But if this happy accident of same time/same place isn’t concrete enough evidence for you, you may also want to consider the (completely unsupported by any hard data) claim that “Lucasfilm like[s] to make Star Wars announcements on Tuesdays.” (Psst! That’s today.)
I’m really not sure how true the whole Tuesday thing is, but we do know that the actor recently recused himself from Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak for yet to be revealed reasons (*cough* Star Wars *cough*).
Still not convinced? Just take it from Benedict himself: “I’ve already asked him [Abrams] if I can be a lightsaber and we’re in talks ,” joked the actor during an interview with Total Film last spring, adding, on a more serious note, that he was a big fan of the franchise when the original trilogy debuted. “‘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,” he explained. “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’
Sounds like it wouldn’t take much arm-twisting to convince Cumberbatch to sign on…