Rumors have been swirling for months now surrounding the upcoming J.J. Abrams film Star Wars Episode 7 and those rumors are showing no signs of slowing anytime soon. Case in point being the reaction to Harrison Ford and Benedict Cumberbatch’s non-reaction to being asked about Star Wars which is being taken as a confirmation that both are involved in Star Wars Episode 7.
The interview in question occurred on the BBC One show The Graham Norton Show this past Friday when Norton asked Ford and then Cumberbatch about rumors they have joined the cast of Star Wars Episode 7. Both of the actors played the question down in a coy way, which has led fans to believe that the rumors of both joining the cast are true.
Ford is almost certainly a part of the upcoming cast, as George Lucas has said as much in the past. But the “rumor” of Cumberbatch joining the cast is much juicier and is starting to turn from “rumor” to worst kept secret in Hollywood. For weeks now we’ve been hearing rumblings about the relationship Cumberbatch and director J.J. Abrams have and how that will lead to the actor being cast in Star Wars.
Comparisons have also been made to Cumberbatch denying rumors he was in Star Trek or that Kahn would be showing up in the film, both of which turned out otherwise. Latino-Review has compared this to the denied rumor that Darth Maul would wield a dual-bladed lightsaber in 1999’s The Phantom Menace, which of course not only turned out to be true but remains one of the coolest additions to the Star Wars saga.
So while you shouldn’t technically read too far into this interview with Ford and Cumberbatch, we wouldn’t blame you if you did because we certainly are.