Another day, another Star Wars rumor, and this one is interesting, because if there’s any truth to it, it would mean that another member of Team JJ Abrams could be crossing over to a whole new sci-fi universe.
Collider reported a rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch could have a featured role in Star Wars, although there’s no word right now on whether he would be a hero or a villain. Cumberbatch joked to Total Film that he wants to play a lightsaber, and he added that like many of the Star Wars generation, “I was born with them. They were a huge part of my background, and my upbringing.”
Cumberbatch was “more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid,” much like Abrams was more of a Star Wars fanatic than a Trekkie. Cumberbatch said he’d always wanted to be Han Solo, so maybe he’ll play Han’s son in the next movie. (In the latest episode of Star Wars, the kids of Luke, Han and Leia are supposed to take over from their elders.)
Adding to the speculation is the fact that Cumberbatch just dropped out of the next Guillermo Del Toro film, Crimson Peak, which is scheduled to shoot about the same time as the next Star Wars. Coincidence? Your guess is as good as ours, but just remember that this is a rumor, and like all current Star Wars rumors, take it with a grain of salt for now.