Benedict Cumberbatch Says Star Wars: Episode VII Appearance ‘Won’t Happen’

Vanity Fair Oscar PartyLong rumored to be taking on a role in the franchise, Australian site The Iris (via Metro) was present for a Q&A session with actor Benedict Cumberbatch at Oz Comic-Con where the actor shot down any hopes that he might appear in Star Wars: Episode VII.

"I would've liked a part in JJ's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly," the actor reportedly said, before also shooting down any potential appearances in the BBC series "Doctor Who."

Scripted by Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan, Star Wars: Episode VII will be set 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi and will follow a trio of new young leads along with some very familiar faces. Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Peter Mayhew and Harrison Ford are all heavily rumored to appear as older incarnations of their beloved characters from the original "Star Wars" trilogy, while names like Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong'o and John Boyega are believed to be among the project's fresh faces. At this time, however, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm have only confirmed a single star: R2-D2.

It was recently revealed hat Star Wars: Episode VII is already in production, so expect some additional confirmations regarding the much-anticipated release in the very near future and check back for full details as they become available.

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