[Movies] Benedict Cumberbatch Addresses Rumors Of Appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII Posted by Joseph Lee on 09.09.2013
What does he have to say?
In an interview with The Telegraph, Benedict Cumberbatch spoke on the rumors that he would have an appearance in Star Wars: Episode VII. Here are highlights:
On being told by Julian Assange not to play him in The Fifth Estate: "He reached out to me and said he didn't want me to do it and couldn't condone it because he said the book and source materials we've based the movie on were poisonous and hazardous to his situation. I wrote back trying to justify why I thought it was important to bring this version of events to the world and how it wasn't as negative as he feared it would be."
On playing Assange: "At first I panicked about how on earth I was going to do this because there was so much to take on - vocally, physically and just confronting the full import of the story. I did a lot of soul-searching. Reading the source material books was exciting but because Julian despised the people who wrote them I went to other material, including interviews he had given. It was important to me to try and humanise him and paint as three dimensional a portrait as possible. I didn't want to portray him either as a villain or a hero. He is incredibly well informed and has great integrity. Whatever you think of him, for him to devote his life to a cause he believes in is pretty phenomenal."
On rumors that he would appear in Star Wars: "Of course I'd love to do Star Wars and work with JJ Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek. But nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that's that rumour quashed. We'll have to wait and see."