Benedict Cumberbatch cast in 'Star Wars: Episode VII' - report

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Maybe director J.J. Abrams isn't all "Star Wars: Episode VII" is taking from "Star Trek Into Darkness." A report says actor Benedict Cumberbatch, who starred in "Into Darkness" as Khan, has been cast in the next "Star Wars" movie.

The report comes from Film Chronicles, who says an official announcement of Cumberbatch's addition to the movie should be coming soon. There are no plot details about the film so far, though the three leads from the original trilogy ( Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford) have all more or less confirmed they will be returning.

It's unknown who Cumberbatch would be playing, though maybe he's a child of Luke Skywalker or Han Solo. It would be strange for him to play the villain after just doing the same thing for "Into Darkness." Then again, it's a little weird that the movies would share cast members at all. The big screen world just keeps on getting smaller.

The report comes less than two weeks after it was announced Cumberbatch was dropping out of Guillermo del Toro's next movie, Crimson Peak. No reason was given for his stepping down.
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