Because I'm a middle-aged man who still plays with Han Solo action figures, I've decided to share with readers non-news about the upcoming "Star Wars: Episode VII." Benedict Cumberbatch has not been signed to play the villain in the next trilogy, an idea with which the Internet so cruelly teased fans for the past few weeks.
It made sense. He starred as Khan in the last "Star Trek" film, which was directed by "Star Wars" director JJ Abrams. It was reported he dropped out of Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, which goes into production around the same time. And he's quickly become a serious go-to film villain.
Cumberbatch's spokesman told the New York Daily News: "There is no truth to the rumor Benedict has been cast in "Star Wars. I think the rumors are circling because JJ and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on 'Star Trek.'"
Technically, he didn't say he won't be in it. He said he hasn't been cast YET.
The Mirror in the U.K. reported that Cumberbatch's next project may be "The Lost City of Z." This is the true story of 1920s explorer Percy Fawcett, who vanished in the South American jungles while searching for the lost city of El Dorado. James Gray will direct and Brad Pitt will produce.