This is nothing more than a rumor. There’s been no official comment from Lucasfilm/Disney/Anybody who matters. Pretty soon I’m just going to stop giving these little disclaimers because everyone will be so used to the Star Wars rumors.
Benedict Cumberbatch has officially left Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak. So far, there’s been no official reason offered. Not even the tried and true ‘creative differences’. The fact that Cumberbatch has exited the film so abruptly has lead many to pontificate as to the reason. Many are suggesting it’s because Cumberbatch has landed a lead role in his buddy J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode Seven. There’s been no official comment on the matter but check out what Cumberbatch had to say about Star Wars when he was on the publicity trail for Star Trek Into Darkness.
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.
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.
But I think the serious things that really kind of get you… that comes from good characters, really well drawn characters that have fantastically rich relationships and really interesting meat in the stories.
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.
That sounds pretty convincing to me. It’s not beyond imagination that Cumberbatch could/will/might show up in a Star Wars movie. His connections, talent, and interest are obviously all there. He seems like he’d be a perfect fit.