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A rumor broke last week suggesting Benedict Cumberbatch was likely to be cast as a major part of J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars Episode VII. Lucasfilm and Disney didn’t comment, but the actor’s reps denied the claim. Then the actor himself was at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting multiple movies, and was posed with the question. His response:

This is the simple truth. J.J. and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that. And that is that.

Seems to close the door on the idea, but as we know with casting, especially for J.J. Abrams movies, that is not necessarily “that.” “No offer has been made” doesn’t always mean “I haven’t been approached nor will I appear in this movie.” The door remains open. Now, a new quote opens the door even more while also pretending to be a denial. Read it below. Read More »


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The Fifth Estate is an extremely strange movie. That’s fitting, perhaps, given the central focus of the film: Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Star Benedict Cumberbatch is his normal awesome presence, but the story itself should have been redacted.

As a story attempting to encapsulate massive cultural questions regarding government secrecy, privacy rights, dictators, and the misuse of power, it would seem that The Fifth Estate had everything teed up to be a vitally important film. That it doesn’t end up getting there is likely the fault of a weak script or lesser directing, because Cumberbatch, as Julian Assange, comes off pretty great. Yes, the Cumberbatch was willing, but the muddled mess of The Fifth Estate isn’t able to stitch together anything nearing cohesion, even with these significant built-in advantages. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch

Only time will tell whether there’s any truth to those Star Wars Episode VII rumors, but in the meantime Benedict Cumberbatch has booked himself a different juicy new role. The Brit actor is in negotiations for The Lost City of Z, based on David Grann‘s book about the real-life mystery of explorer Percy Fawcett.

The project has been developing for years, but this is the first major step forward we’ve heard about in quite some time. James Gray (We Own the Night) remains attached to direct from his own adapted screenplay. Hit the jump to get some background on the project, and to learn more about Fawcett’s fascinating story.

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Star Trek Into Darkness, Simon Pegg

Making a movie is tedious work and, generally, levity on set is appreciated. Enter Simon Pegg. On the set of J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness, Pegg came up with the idea to tell his fellow actors that in certain scenes they had to wear globs of “Neutron Cream” to help with harmful emissions. This, of course, was a huge lie.

Now video has come online, likely from the Blu-ray out September 10, that documents the prank. It includes the reactions of Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, John Cho, Karl Urban and even Benedict Cumberbatch. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch

Yesterday, Universal finally revealed the leads of Fifty Shades of Grey after months of speculation. But for sci-fi geeks, that was only the second biggest casting update to hit over the holiday weekend.

An unconfirmed rumor made the rounds that Benedict Cumberbatch was circling Star Wars Episode VII, which would reunite him with his Star Trek Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams. Given the intense secrecy and wild chatter surrounding the project, it’s no surprise that his reps have now shot down that report. But do we have any more reason to trust this denial than we had to believe that rumor in the first place?

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Briefly: Last week, you may have heard that a Star Wars rumor was batting around the back rooms of Hollywood. That rumor is now out there and it states Benedict Cumberbatch, who recently worked with J.J. Abrams on Star Trek Into Darkness, could re-team with the director for Star Wars Episode VII. The speculation began when the actor recently left Guillermo del Toro’s latest film, Crimson Peak, without giving reason. This could be that reason. Read More »

Benedict Cumberbatch

Sorry, fans of Benedict Cumberbatch, but you won’t get to see him working in Guillermo del Toro‘s haunted house thriller Crimson Peak. The actor was set for a role, but has pulled out of the film for reasons unknown. Read More »

‘Sherlock’ Season Three Teaser Trailer


Here’s the first teaser trailer for the third season of the wonderful BBC series Sherlock. We know this season opens with most of the characters reacting to the fact that Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) isn’t quite dead, and so in the teaser we see the shadow of his return to the world. Also, Martin Freeman is rocking quite the mustache. Read More »

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