Another "Star Wars Episode 7" casting report emerges, and this time it mentions one of "Star Trek Into Darkness" members. After securing J.J. Abrams, who directed the rival pic, Lucasfilm reportedly will cast one of today's most-in-demand actors, Benedict Cumberbatch, for a role that remains unknown as of this writing.
According to Film Chronicles, Cumberbatch might be the major casting announcement that the Disney-owned studio allegedly will make "very soon." His sudden departure from Guillermo Del Toro's "Crimson Peak", which Bleeding Cool points out will start filming at about the same time as "Star Wars", could also be a big hint.
It even makes more sense as the British actor himself has once admitted that he is a fan of "Star Wars". "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 said to Total Film.
Cumberbatch added, "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."
Prior to this report, Alex Pettyfer and Rachel Hurd-Wood were said to have read for roles in the pic, which is expected to open in 2015.