This seems almost too good to be true. We all know that 2013 has been the year we all got Cumberbatched upside the head (that sounds incredibly dirty somewhow), even those of us who already knew and loved him from Sherlock. Holmes….Khan….Smaug….and now….Star Wars? The man is a geek machine.
This is coming from Film Chronicles, where they say that it is all but a done deal that Cumberbatch is joining the film, though in what capacity we can only guess. I can’t decide if I would want him to be Palpatine’s apprentice more or the new face of the Jedi Order. He can a freaking droid for all I care as long as we get some Cumberbatch in our Star Wars.
A reason this does sound plausible is that last week, with little explanation, Cumberbatch suddenly dropped out of Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak. that movie will be filming in February 2014. Star Wars Episode VII starts principal photograph a few weeks prior. He also has a prior working relationship with JJ Abrams from Star Trek Into Darkness and Abrams likes to reuse people. It is, at this point just a rumor, but it is an AWESOME rumor.
Star Wars Episode VII will take place 30 years after Return of the Jedi (putting Luke and Leia at roughly 52 and Han at 62 just as reference points). We’ve already gotten leaks about the return of Emperor Palpatine and Obi-Wan Kenobi. The tsunami of casting rumors and news I’ve been predicting is starting to crest. LET IT RAIN! Production starts mid-January 2014 for a holiday 2015 release.