Benedict Cumberbatch is one of those stars who has such a passionate cult-following that he gets rumored for just about every big genre-film role, and thanks to J. J. Abrams' Mystery Box marketing philosophy, those rumors even persist now post-public-denial.
In large part due to his controversial Star Trek Into Darkness role, it has been rumored for months that Cumberbatch would be cast in Star Wars Episode VII; likewise, thanks to his star-making performance in BBC's Sherlock, rumors have spread that he would eventually be cast in the titular role on Doctor Who - a rumor I've never invested into, myself; Doctor Who makes big stars, it doesn't attract them. (Check out Matt Smith's salary if you need to know why.)
Well, to set the record straight once and for all, as reported by TheIris, Benedict Cumberbatch was interviewed at Australia's Oz Comic-Con and cleared up speculation on his Star Wars involvement:
“I would've liked a part in JJ's new Star Wars but it won't happen, sadly.”
And then he proceeded to crush the dreams of all you Whovians out there.
“I'm never gonna play the Doctor – and nothing to do with the Whoniverse.”
C'est la vie?
That being said, let me know in the comments below if how you feel about Cumberbatch's statements. It was believed that if he had landed a role in Star Wars it would be in the role of one of the villains; many hoped he would play the beloved Expanded Universe character, Thrawn. With this new turn of events seemingly negating that possibility, who do you think could fill such a role in the new Star Wars, and is Cumberbatch being truthful or is this more J. J. Abrams Mystery Box marketing?