Star Wars: Benedict Cumberbatch's rep denies involvement
Following the rumour comes the official denial of Benedict Cumberbatch's casting in Star Wars...
Hmmm. Yesterday, a strong rumour swept the internet, suggesting that Benedict Cumberbatch was to join to cast of JJ Abrams' upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII. Furthermore, his role was said to cover three films, and that his casting was the reason he had to drop out of Gullermo del Toro's movie, Crimson Peak.
Predictably, as soon as the story broke, the denial wasn't too far behind. A spokesperson for Cumberbatch said to the New York Daily News that "there is no truth to the rumour Benedict has been cast in Star Wars. I think the rumours are circling because JJ and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on Star Trek". On the latter point, that certainly led the initial rumour some credence.
So that all seems pretty clear. The problem is that not everybody is buying the denial. Appreciating that there's an element of this is how modern movie reporting works about all of this - after all, we've run the original story here, and now we're running the denial of it - what makes this feel slightly different is the sneaking suspicion that Cumberbatch will still end up in the Star Wars films anyway.
We were told for some time, after all, things about where Cumberbatch fitted into Star Trek Into Darkness, that proved to be a little misleading. So it's little secret that JJ Abrams and his team will throw out denials of things that are actually true.
What's different here is that the denial has come from Cumberbatch's side, and so for the time being, we can but accept that the rumour isn't true. As for who is in the Star Wars: Episode VII cast, we'll hopefully know that before the year is out...
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