Benedict Cumberbatch to Join ‘Star Wars’ Cast?

Could Benedict Cumberbatch be joining Ryan Gosling and Zac Efron in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars reboot? According to this report, the British star may be in talks to take a major role in the coming sequel. As with anything related to the franchise, it’s still an unverified, Internet rumor at this point, but Cumberbatch’s love for the sci-fi epic is well-documented. In an interview with Total Film back in May, he said, “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. And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo.” Of course it wouldn’t be the first time Cumberbatch has teamed with Abrams for a sci-fi bockbuster—the paparazzi-loathing Sherlock actor recently starred in the director’s other major franchise, playing Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness. With the crossover story potential, Patton Oswalt would most definitely approve of the casting …

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