As I’m sure we’ve all seen by now, Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be a contender for the Star Wars franchise reboot or whatever, which JJ Abrams will be spearheading. JJ and Cumby worked together on Star Trek Into Darkness, and as Cumby as promoted The Desolation of Smaug, he’s been fielding a lot of questions about Star Wars. Benedict always says something along the lines of “JJ knows my number, I hope he calls, I’d love to do it.”
But what if all of it was some kind of Cumberconspiracy!?!?! What if Disney – which will be doing Star Wars – really wants Benedict for one of their Marvel projects?!
For the past few months Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and Sherlock actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been fielding more and more questions about a casting rumor about being in Star Wars Episode VII. The connection between Cumberbatch and director J.J. Abrams is a logical one, not to mention the fact Cumberbatch’s star is rising fast in the movie biz.
According to one of The Daily SuperHero’s insiders in Tinseltown, a rumor is circling through several inner circles stating that the buzz surrounding the Cumberbatch rumor of being in Star Wars Episode VII might be something that has been manufactured by Disney. This distraction is being done to help conceal what Disney really wants the actor for… and that’s to be in a future Marvel Studios film.
To clarify about this insider, this is the same source who (back in October 2012) told The Daily SuperHero that Marvel Studios was very interested in actor Bradley Cooper. This report went under-the-radar and was not noticed online due to The Daily SuperHero being a somewhat newer website. While the information provided back then about Cooper was vague, the info definitely became truth since Marvel Studios did have interest in the actor and cast him as the voice of Rocket Raccoon in Guardians of the Galaxy, this past summer.
Getting back to the point, the contact was once again vague in saying what Marvel Studios role Cumberbatch might be targeted for but there is definitely a tremendous amount of interest by the studio. If this is indeed true, it sounds like a very tricky maneuver by Disney and this is not out of the ordinary since it has been rumored that Disney and Marvel like to leak false info to throw off the media and misdirect fans.
Many fans have said they would love the actor to be cast as Doctor Strange but before you get too excited, take this all with a grain of salt. However, this is coming from a source who has been right in the past too.
Benedict also made a trip to Marvel Studios… last year, I think. Marvel posted photos of him hanging out and that was the beginning of the “what superhero/villain should he play?” rumors. Some said Ant Man. Some said Dr. Strange. If this is happening, the best choice is Dr. Strange, because Paul Rudd just came and stole Benedict’s Ant Man thunder! According to Variety, Rudd is “in early negotiations” to star in Ant-Man/Henry Pym. Which is interesting, for sure, but since I’m all about The Batch, I made this story all about The Batch. So, what do you think? Star Wars or Marvel? OR BOTH? And will it be Dr. Strange? If ever there was a character name which so completely worked for an actor, it’s “Dr. Strange” and “Benedict Cumberbatch.”
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