Date: 5th September 2013
Representatives of 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch have broken the hearts of "Cumberbitches" around the world by debunking rumours that the actor was to be cast in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'.
Earlier this week rumours spread like wildfire that Cumberbatch could be in for a role after several meetings with 'Episode VII' director J.J. Abrams.
His representatives told New York's Daily News: "There is no truth to the rumour Benedict has been cast in 'Star Wars'."
"I think the rumours are circling because J.J. and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on 'Star Trek'," they continued.
A few weeks ago Cumberbatch left Guillermo Del Toro horror film 'Crimson Peak', which would have clashed with a potential 'Star Wars' role.
Of course there's still a slim possibility this is all PR dark arts at play, so don't rule it out completely. After all, Cumberbatch is a massive 'Star Wars' fan and admitted back in May that and Abrams had discussed the idea - in a jokey capacity.
He told Total Film: "I've already asked him if I can be a lightsaber and we're in talks - about whirring sounds and the rates for the lights and everything. I thought, 'Yeah, I grew up with them,' and I just looked recently at when they were released and now I'm like, 'No, I didn't grow up with them, I was born with them'."
"They were a huge part of my background, and my upbringing." the 37-year-old continued. "I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo."
Source: Press Release