We’re all well aware by now that five days cannot go by without a Star Wars: Episode VII casting rumor or two, and that most of these announcements are meant to be taken with a margarita glass rim full of salt. So when the website Film Chronicles posts a story with “Benedict Cumberbatch is in Star Wars VII” as the headline, it seems like a high-profile shot in the dark. However, this isn’t a site that normally deals with flimsy conjecture. There may be something to this. Benedict Cumberbatch may actually be in the next Star Wars! Unless, you know, he isn’t.
A lot of noise has surfaced lately saying Lucasfilm will soon announce the first cast member for the upcoming Star Wars sequel, though it’s damned near impossible for anyone to get an official word on anything, as is typical with most J.J. Abrams projects. Getting Cumberbatch involved would be worth a huge announcement, unlike the other recent rumors about Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood. If only Film Chronicles even hinted at the source for their news. Maybe a little midi-chlorian told them.