So is Benedict Cumberbatch going to become a nerd god by playing Sherlock Holmes, Smaug, Khan Noonian Singh AND a Sith? Yes, no, yes, no; depending on whom you talk to, but someone finally managed to ask the good Mr. Cumberbatch what’s going on. He has dropped out of Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak (in which he was replaced by Loki, sorry, Tom Hiddleston) and he has also been mentioned in connection with the adaptation of the non-fiction book The Lost City of Z which had previously been a Brad Pitt vehicle.
The London Telegraph cornered him at the Toronto Film Festival and he said,
“This is the simple truth. J.J. and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that. And that is that.”
“Of course I’d love to do Star Wars and work with JJ Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek. But nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that’s that rumour quashed…We’ll have to wait and see.”
Geek Tyrant had the rest of the interview and summarized: It seems the guy knows what going on with the film, confirming that Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher will be coming back to reprise their roles. He also confirms that no one else has officially been cast. It certainly sounds like he’s in the mix of things, and there’s no doubt that he’s had discussions with Disney, Lucasfilm, and Abrams. He never says “No, I’m not going to be in Star Wars.” He just beats around the bush and says we’ll have to wait and see, which tells me the possibility is there, even if no official offer has been made yet.
If I had to guess, I’d say he’s still in the mix. His response was certainly not the denial from his people early last week. This needs to happen. I want Darth Khan-Smaug channeling the Dark Side of The Force for several episodes. Close the deal, Disney!