On Labor Day an epic Star Wars rumor made the rounds when reports began to surface that Star Trek and Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch was in talks to join J.J. Abrams Star Wars Episode VII. Despite the fact that the rumors made complete and total sense, a rep for the actor told the New York Daily News that there is unfortunately no truth to the rumor at this time.
“There is no truth to the rumour Benedict has been cast in Star Wars,” a spokesperson for the 37-year-old actor told the News. “I think the rumours are circling because JJ and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on Star Trek .”
The rumors made a ton of sense for the very reasons Cumberbatch’s rep gave the Daily News. Not only is there the J.J. Abrams connection that everyone is trying make with just about every Star Trek actor the director has worked with, but Cumberbatch looks like he belongs in a Star Wars movie.
While the rumor has been debunked for now, the possibility that Cumberbatch could star in a role for Abrams in Star Wars Episode VII. While now seemingly unrelated, it’s worth noting that even before the Star Wars Episode VII rumors began to swirl, Cumberbatch left Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak and could remain open long enough for those rumored talks to advance further into reality.
They’re just not quite there yet.