No official announcement has been made yet, but Cumberbatch is rumored to have been cast in "Star Wars Episode VII." The casting rumors come after news last month that Cumberbatch had withdrawn from Guillermo Del Toro's next film, "Crimson Peak." No reason for his departure was given at the time, although some sources claimed that his exit was not due to another project.
Cumberbatch being cast in Star Wars is not out of the realm of possibility and actually highly likely considering he has already worked with J.J. Abrams and publicly expressed his love for Star Wars in an interview with Total Film this past May.
I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are 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 was the coolest thing ever."
The rising British star is the latest name of A-list actors attached to the film. Leonardo DiCaprio, Zac Efron, and Ryan Gosling have all reportedly met with Disney execs to discuss roles in J.J. Abram's reboot of the popular franchise. "Star Wars Episode VII" is not due in cinemas until 2015.
Cumberbatch has become a household name over the past few years. He is most well known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the BBC's adaption of the famous detective stories. He was most recently seen playing Khan in "Star Trek Into Darkness" and is appearing in four films to be released later this year, including the Oscar-buzzy, "The Fifth Estate."