J.J. Abrams Hints That Benedict Cumberbatch Is in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'

The director reveals that his staff is working overtime in securing the perfect cast for this epic return to a galaxy far, far away.

J.J. Abrams hints that Benedict Cumberbatch may be cast in Star Wars Episode VII
J.J. Abrams hints that Benedict Cumberbatch may be cast in Star Wars Episode VII
We're quickly coming up on the one-year anniversary of the announcement that Disney bought LucasFilm, with the intent to have Star Wars: Episode VII in theaters by 2015. In that year, we've heard nothing but rumors about the cast, with the studio remaining silent for twelve long months.

Yesterday brought news that Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan had taken a personal meeting with director J.J. Abrams, though his role wasn't disclosed. Maybe he is testing for Lando Calrissian's son as a potential love interest for Han Solo's daughter? Maybe he is playing a Jedi? Maybe he's just a star pilot. We don't know. David Oyelowo is up for the same role.

But they're not the only actors hurrying into read "directly from the screenplay", if we're to believe Spartacus star Liam McIntyre, who has tested as an unnamed Jedi. Also heading in for auditions are Saoirse Ronan as a possible female villain, Ksenia Solo and Rachel Hurd-Wood as Han Solo's daughter, and Alex Pettyfer, who still might be Luke Skywalker's offspring. None of this has been confirmed or denied.

The one rumor that keeps floating to the surface only to get knocked down is Benedict Cumberbatch as a Sith Lord. We heard he was in, his Reps and the Studio denied it, saying he was out, and then it was confirmed again. Then, Benedict Cumberbatch himself sort of, but not really, denied it.

"This is the simple truth. J.J. (Abrams) and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. "I don't know. Who knows, who knows? Nothing is known of that. I worked with J.J. Obviously, he knows. Everyone who wants to be part of that film, they know about."

Now, speaking with the Los Angeles Times, J.J. Abrams himself has commented on the Benedict Cumberbatch casting rumor. And guess what? He doesn't deny it. Though, he doesn't confirm it either. Here is a Tweet from LA Times staff writer Yvonne Villarreal.

"We're working our asses off trying to get this thing in place w/casting. [Benedict Cumberbatch?] I love that guy."

For now, we'll have to take that for what it is. Fans have come down hard on J.J. Abrams' mystery box way off keeping things away from audiences until they are in their seats, starring at the screen. Latino Review recently made these comments in regards to the casting.

Will Benedict Cumberbatch be a Sith Lord in Star Wars: Episode VII?
Will Benedict Cumberbatch be a Sith Lord in Star Wars: Episode VII?
"DON'T BELIEVE THE HYPE ABOUT Benedict Cumberbatch NOT BEING IN Star Wars. HE IS IN THE MOVIE! In fact, he will be in all three Star Wars films! It's all a smoke screen. Folks, remember when Cumberbatch denied being Khan for over a year? Same situation here. At least give us the benefit of the doubt hence why we are bringing this up. Point is, he lied before and he can lie again. Google it. One more time because it is worth repeating, Benedict Cumberbatch will be in the upcoming Star Wars movies. I don't care if he denies it till opening day. We were right before about him playing Khan, and we will be right again on this one. Technically, his part in Star Wars: Episode VII is very small but the role is much bigger in Star Wars: Episode VIII and Star Wars: Episode IX."

At this point, there is surely no surprise left in the announcement when and if it is made. It won't carry the same weight as Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. By now, we all know that Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams and Anthony Daniels are returning to reprise their iconic roles. Will most of us even notice when Disney and Lucasfilm confirm it? Seems like old news, now. The only thing that could cause a seismic quake is if it were announced that none of them would be in the movie.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens comes to theaters December 18th, 2015 and stars John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson. The film is directed by J.J. Abrams.


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Comments (21)

  1. Andres Charme

    B. C*mberbatch as Thrawn!

    1 year agoby @Andres-CharmeFlag

  2. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 I guess we'll have to wait and see.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic who knows it might be different

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @moviemaniac66 dont forget chloe

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. MovieManiac

    Out of all of the people who have been rumoured for the film, he is the only one that I can see actually cast in the film.

    1 year agoby @moviemaniac66Flag

  6. Josh

    Bring it on! I said after Into Darkness, "Wowee! Can we petition Hollywood to put Benedict C*mberbatch in everything ever?"

    1 year agoby @shuabertFlag

  7. ObiWanShinobi

    I'm close to just giving up on this movie.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  8. Sean

    @David-garcia-67788063 I would think it would depend on how he portrays the character in Star Wars episode 7.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  9. JasonKat

    Well they seem to be working their asses off, yet, nothing has changed since last year, lol.
    Hope this doesnt get pushed to summer 2016.

    1 year agoby @jasonkatFlag

  10. David garcia

    @themoviefanatic True, that c*mberbatch is a great actor, but it'll be too similar to that of Khan. Now if they have an actor like Ralph Fiennes or Viggo morteson who would be perfect as the new sith lord, or that of Michael Fassbender or Tom Hardy as an unstoppable immortal sith that even Luke would have troubles. but Disney is asking too much, and that'll be pretty bad for the movie.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  11. A7sus4

    I'm so sick of Star Wars speculation.

    1 year agoby @a7sus4Flag

  12. Sean

    Awesome! I'm looking forward to see Benedict C*mberbatch in Star Wars Episode 7.

    @David-garcia-67788063 Benedict C*mberbatch would be great as a Sith Lord.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. ridgl

    Hows that a hint?

    1 year agoby @ridglFlag

  14. Writer220

    I just don't want Benny in it and if he is then don't use him as a sith lord. make him a good guy or a smuggler.

    1 year agoby @writer220Flag

  15. Brizzy

    @David-garcia-67788063 I would actually rather have any of those than C*mberbatch to be honest.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  16. slysnide

    It'd be great on the one hand to see C*mberbatch as a Sith Lord, but on the other it can't be too reminiscent of Khan. Either way, I'd love to see him have a role in the trilogy. He's a fantastic actor with great range.

    1 year agoby @slysnideFlag

  17. David garcia

    Ugh! They know that there are other actor that could fit being a sith lord, like Michael fassbender, Tom hardy, David wehnam, Ralph Fiennes and Joseph Fiennes, or Jim caviziel as the sith lords. Just don't focus on one guy.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag