I Don't Care if It's True, It Makes me Happy: Benedict Cumberbatch in <i>Star Wars VII</i>
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I Don't Care if It's True, It Makes me Happy: Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Wars VII

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trade News | September 3, 2013 | Comments ()


I try to stay away from the most egregious of the trade news rumor mongering, mostly because it’s patently false 99% of the time (see, e.g., the rumor that Bryan Cranston would play Lex Luthor). And the rest of the time it’s not particularly exciting anyway. But this? Oh I had to run with this completely unsubstantiated rumor that landed yesterday with no credibility but so terribly much joy.

Film Chronicles has reported that as early as Tuesday, it will be officially announced that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in Star Wars VII.

The evidence cited is that Cumberbatch dropped out of del Toro’s horror film over the weekend, though a simpler explanation for that is just that del Toro has only managed to actually make one film in the last decade or so.

Nonetheless, the rumors detonated on the Internet, both in terms of speculation (that obviously Cumberbatch would be the Sith antagonist throughout the new trilogy) and blatant invention of new circumstantial evidence (my favorite was the assertion on Facebook that Lucasfilm has a history of making significant announcements on Tuesdays, and that — mother of god — today is a Tuesday). I’m not sure if the last one was serious, but gods I hope it was.

Personally, I think that the facts have gotten confused about another key Benedict who recently resigned from a long-standing project and is perfect for the role of antagonist in these films:


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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • I'd ride that tauntaun, is all I'm saying.

  • John G.

    C'mon guys, we can't have Cumberbatch in everything. I'm not ready to be sick of him yet.

  • PDamian

    Too true. I want this to be true, and I don't want this to be true. Please don't overexpose my 'Batch.

  • chanohack

    SO. DIRTY.

  • Dragonchild

    After the last few and what Jjabrams has done to Star Trek, I really don't think the actors are a major factor at this point. I mean, you gotta at least learn how to boil water before the quality of the ingredients starts to matter.

  • JJ

    It's turning into an elaborate Kaufman-esque scheme to further conflate Trek with Wars in the minds of casual fans.

    You know, the one with the ships and the guy with the over-enunciation problem.

  • TenaciousJP

    So says the guy who is directing both of them.

  • JJ

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again: I am in no way affiliated with Mr. Abr-WHAT'S THAT?!
    *blinding lens flare*
    *runs away*

  • NateMan

    You mean they're not the same?

  • JJ

    Aren't they? Where can I look to find out for sure? Do I have to do a Star Search?

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Can he not? Please?

  • Jezzer

    Sounds like they're just trying to save some money on prosthetic alien makeup.

    But hey, he's already got a Star Wars character name, so it works out.

  • BWeaves

    I dunno. Darth Cumberbatch sounds like my wacky uncle who makes jam tarts.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    I hear his rhubarb brew is a real death star...of TASTINESS.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Bravo, sir. I'm not even sure why, precisely, but bravo.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Lady, but I take your compliment all the same.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    My apologies. Brava, my lady, brava.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    He won't be a Sith lord, he'll be a Jedi. Benedict Cumberbatch is then really no less ridiculous than Obi Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu or even Anakin Skywalker. It's downright pedestrian by comparison.

  • chanohack

    The person who downvoted you either doesn't like the use of "pedestrian" as a adjective or cannot abide you mocking the Jedi. P.S. You forgot Yoda.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Yoda is easily the least ridiculous name for a Jedi. Dude's already a green puppet, you let the name slide.

    I decided to upvote myself because I don't recognize the validity of that downvote. It's so very pedestrian (I've decided to just use it terribly now).

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