Rumor has it that Benedict Cumberbatch may be joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII.
Apparently, Cumberbatch is a Star Wars fan and, during an interview with Total Film, said this:
“I’ve already asked him 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.”
There’s a couple interesting things to add some credence to this. 1) He’s already joking about it. 2) J.J. Abrams likes him. 3) Collider recently reported that he was dropping out of Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak and Del Toro’s film and Episode VII both start filming around the same time.
I don’t know if it’s true or not, but I’m gonna cross my fingers. I think it would be a pretty awesome bit of casting.