Benedict Cumberbatch Cast in STAR WARS VII
Filmchronicles.com reports that Lucasfilm is on the verge of officially announcing that Bendict Cumberbatch has been cast in the upcoming STAR WARS VII. The actor was recently seen in director JJ Abrams', 'Star Trek Into Darkness'.
While no details have been released as to Cumberbatch's role in the film, casting calls hint that the actor may be portraying a 30-something year old version of Han Solo or Luke Skywalker.
According to the site, Cumberbatch is a big fan of the original 1970's films. In a recent interview with Total Film, the actor revealed that his dream role would be to play the son of space hero Han Solo. 'I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are because it's immediate storytelling, very simple - a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way - and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera," he explained. "And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo. Everything Harrison Ford did I just thought was the coolest thing ever."
Cumberbatch's upcoming movie projects include The Fifth Estate, 12 Years a Slave, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, Magik, The Imitation Game and Flying Horse. He is well known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the UK series "Sherlock". Other recent film credits include J.J. Abrams' STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS and the upcoming adaptation of the Tony award-winning play AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY, with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
The actor starred in Steven Spielberg's War Horse film adaptation and in 2011 alternated leads in Danny Boyle's production of FRANKENSTEIN. His other theatre credits include 'Hedda Gabler', for which he received an Olivier Award nomination.
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