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: