Benedict Cumberbatch for 'Star Wars VII'?

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch has reportedly signed up for 'Star Wars VII' and will be the first name revealed by Lucasfilm for the cast of the highly anticipated sci-fi flick.

Benedict Cumberbatch has reportedly signed up for 'Star Wars VII.'

The 37-year-old actor - who recently pulled out of Guillermo del Toro's movie 'Crimson Peak' which is set to begin production at the same time as the forthcoming sci-fi flick - will be reuniting with his 'Star Trek Into Darkness' director J. J. Abrams.

According to Film Chronicles, Cumberbatch will be the first name revelaed by production company Lucasfilm for the cast of the new 'Star Wars'.

Cumberbatch previously admitted that he was a Star Wars fan as a child and wanted to be Harrison Ford's character Hans Solo - a loner who understands the importance of having friends and pursuing good.

He told "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."

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 136 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.


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