Benedict Cumberbatch wanted a part in Star Wars, ‘but it won’t happen sadly’


Benedict Cumberbatch was in Australia for the “Oz Comic Con” over the weekend, and guess what made an appearance? The denim shirt. Bless him. Typical man – he rarely shops for himself. I guess he’s at a point where designers (probably British designers, I would think) just send him clothes, but I think he must get a lot of suits and not very many “casual” clothes. Too bad. Anyway, while he was doing his thing at the Oz Comic-Con, promoting Sherlock and assorted other fan-favorite projects, Benedict ended up saying that he FOR SURE is not going to be in Star Wars. Or Doctor Who.

Science fiction fans were left doubly disappointed over the weekend after Benedict Cumberbatch announced that he would not be starring in the new Star Wars films or playing any part in Doctor Who. Speaking at the Oz Comic Con in Sydney, Australia yesterday, Cumberbatch said that he would not be taking part in either of the franchises.

According to the entertainment site The Iris, which was live-tweeting from the event, the 37-year-old actor told the audience “I would’ve liked a part in JJ’s [Abrams] new Star Wars but it won’t happen sadly.”

Cumberbatch then delivered another crushing blow during the question and answer session by dismissing any rumours he would be starring in Doctor Who.

“I’m never gonna play The Doctor and nothing to do with the Whoniverse.”

The news may come as a disappointment to fans of the British actor best-known for role as the modern day super-sleuth in Sherlock and Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness. Cumberbatch was one of the names touted about when Matt Smith announced he would be leaving the role of the Time Lord last year. Although writer Steven Moffat oversees both Sherlock and Doctor Who, Cumberbatch will not be playing a part in the latter.

Cumberbatch will next be starring as Richard III for a BBC production and will be taking to the stage in Hamlet next year.

[From The Independent]

I never really understood why people wanted Benedict to join Dr. Who in any capacity. But I do understand the desire to see him in Star Wars. That would have been AWESOME. Benedict already sort of looks like someone from the Star Wars universe, without makeup or prosthetics, but then again… we don’t really know what the story is going to be. I still have my fingers crossed for Lupita to get a big part.

I think Benedict’s next project is going to be The Lost City of Z or Blood Mountain. Most people think it’s Blood Mountain, because he’s dropped some hints about how he’s bulking up to play a military contractor/badass type. Buff Cumby is the Best Cumby. Just don’t do an American accent again!



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  1. Lindy79 says:

    Yep, I want CumbyKhan and his Arse of Wonderment back in full force!
    His arms were also spectacular even under the spandex.

    They can keep his hair curtains though.

  2. Mia4S says:

    Ugh, whichever of those two movies he does it’s a better idea than the Star Wars sequels. Those movies might give an unknown a career or be a good paycheck for a character actor, but for an established lead actor? Waste of time. Why should Cumby waste six months in a supporting role to Mark Hamill? And I say this as a devoted zealot of the original trilogy.

  3. LadySlippers says:

    Oh Kaiser, you didn’t quote him telling everyone *why* he wore the same shirt to both events! It’s so cute AND dorky!


  4. V4real says:

    “Sadly it won’t happen”

    Please I don’t feel bad for him this man will get more offers than a John at the Bunny Ranch.

  5. GeeMoney says:

    I’m ok that’s he’s not going to be in Star Wars… I don’t think it really suited him anyway.

    Anyways… love him!

  6. Beth says:

    Love you, but you NEVER abbreviate the “Doctor” in “Doctor Who.” It’s a nerd crime.

  7. Hello Kitty says:


    Maybe he can get a part in the Marvel franchise. And then we watch Hiddles stomp his feet in a tantrum. “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”

    • Lindy79 says:

      I read he seemed quite interested in the Doctor Strange role. He could have been just winding the audience up though.

    • LadySlippers says:

      Hello Kitty,

      Any reports on the Canadian Surveillance of Hiddles?!???

    • Bice says:

      Honestly, I think Hiddleston would be happy for his friend

    • 'p'enny says:

      @hello kitty. Why do people think Hiddles is jealous of every Benny’s move? FFS.

      I think it is likely Hiddles opened the doors for Benny to audition for Dr Strange in the first place.

      And before benny’s piranhas bite at me for saying this, i don’t mean that Benny needs tom’s personal hand introduction to Kevin Feige. I am referring to how Tom and Ben Kinglsey [as well] are top thespian actors which can deliver awesome performances in a Marvel fiim, and it is worth taking a risk on hiring someone other than an american actor of note, i.e RDJ to find an american audience.

      I don’t know anything about Dr Strange, TBH, other than him being a a New York scientist with grey streaks. i think he is a magician/sorcerer, show off kind of character and someone theatrical large of life would totally rock it. Hence the rumours around Jonny Depp.

      seriously, i would expect Benedict to audition for it. there is smoke in those rumours. But, he will have to fit to Marvel’s schedule and they are auditioning directors for Dr Strange now, and if they are planning to film this next year , Benny may have scheduling issues. No way Marvel are going play production schedules around Hamlet/Hollow Crown.

      The key is where is Dr Strange going to fit, a 2016/2017 release?

      • LadySlippers says:

        I think Hello Kitty was just poking fun tbh.

      • 'p'enny says:

        sorry Hello kitty, if it was a bit of poking fun

        but… oh my god! [Freddie impersonation] since Benny got both Shakespeare jobs it’s been all, “ooh won’t hiddles have ‘issues’ etc from the Guardian to the IMBD it’s been none stop.

      • Katie says:


        TBH I think Marvel just tapped into the trend of hiring UK/Aussie actors because they’re widely considered well trained, less trouble and cheaper (Marvel wasn’t sure on Thor like they were Iron Man in terms of appeal and didn’t want to spend as much). It goes back to well before Thor but really started to pick up say around 2009 or so.

        Basically, in my experience, you can get an experienced/trained Brit actor for the same money you’d pay for an unknown American one with little to no training or experience.

  8. Too many franchises can limit some people. Maybe it’s for the best.

  9. LadySlippers says:


    Here’s Mark Strong’s interview from this weekend.

    Now is he a bloke?!? And I mean by definition not by contortion of the definition…

  10. Jana says:

    Blood Mountain has been put on hold for now because the director needed more time to prepare for the shoot. Lost City of Z is probably filming this summer.

  11. Kelly says:

    He would have made a great Sith tho… Sad…

  12. MissMary says:

    I don’t trust JJ Abrams or anything coming out of his camp, even when it’s an actor saying it. I’m not panting for him to be in Star Wars but I’m not going to be shocked if he’s in either of the other two movies in the planned new trilogy, just not ep seven.

  13. FLORC says:

    He could have made it if he accepted a far lesser role. Like a walk on extra.
    Samuel L. Jackson made it only because 1. Lucas stopped caring about the integrity of the SW films at that point. And 2. Jackson just wanted any role and was willing to settle for a walk on.

    I think they were looking for more than a face that needs little prostetic work.

  14. littlestar says:

    My husband and I were lucky enough to go to a Formula One race a few weeks ago in Kuala Lumpur, and we had fantastic seats right across from the pits. And guess who was in the pits, watching the race, and visiting with the teams? Benedict Cumberbatch. LOL. Who knew he was a F1 fan.

  15. windy says:

    So dear Benny won’t be in Star Wars or Dr Who….what about Tommy in Sherlock then??? Any news/rumours/gossip about that? Read something funny on Twitter that Ben said it was Tom who had given him a riding crop as a prank gift. LOL

    • LadySlippers says:

      There are A LOT of fun quotes out there right now.

    • 'p'enny says:

      Tom Hiddleston and Patrick Kennedy sent him the riding crop with a rude note, and Benny thought it was from a fan. They fessed up to Benny, only after Benny revealed it on TV that it was funniest thing he had ever received from a fan.

      Mark Gatiss responded in Brazil conference, a couple of weeks ago, about Tom being the third Sherlock bro, [after a fan in the audience raised it, and commented it was on the internet] Mark responded in laughter and said, “i’ll ask him if you like?’ Mark also joked that. “tom only did movies now” I’d take this as a clear no! no way can the BBC afford Benedict’s, Martin’s and then Tom’s salary!!! never happen.

      Benny dropped Hiddles name drop a couple of times, ” from calling him an acting influence to criticising his dancing to something like a mad monkey? and that he told the audience to tell Tom, that he wanted to be remembered for doing the best Alan Rickman impression.

      I think a lot of quotes from Comic-Con Oz from Benny were very funny, i love how he took micky out of his fans for awww and oooohing to things he said etc., he said something along the lines of of he told them all to f-off, they would go awwwww. He was very witty.

      Worth looking into on tumblr. Best place as usual for gossip.

      I think Benny is a bit ‘touched’ at times, perhaps more vulnerable, then he let’s on, but he is very funny. This comic-con Oz seemed the more him, the real him. Not the American PR sugar stuff that was floating around at the beginning of this year. [not a trolling comment, honest :-p]

  16. lunchcoma says:

    I’m going to say that this is a good thing. The last set of Star Wars movies didn’t seem to help anyone’s career, and I think these new ones are likely to be just as bad.

    • 'p'enny says:

      I am glad Ewan McGregor got out alive… seriously could have destroyed his career in one [three] moves.

    • Abby_J says:

      Natalie Portman did okay for herself, I’d say. Not sure about Ewan McGregor. I can’t think of anything he has been in lately, but admittedly I don’t keep up with him.

      As far as Benedict goes, I’m a little sad he’s dismissed Doctor Who so quickly. I don’t want to see him actually play the Doctor, but one show would be cool, since his Mother played like three or four different roles on Classic Who. Better yet, an episode where the Doctor is fighting with him and his Mom against some big bad thing.

      • 'p'enny says:

        Well, it seems the role of Master is up for graps , and i think this is where the Dr Who stuff is coming from. Hiddles was the internet rumour for the role around christmas. Can’t see it happening for either actor, i can see both saying no! I think both of them, in their current career path don’t need another iconic cult role in their CV mix. Especially one, like the Master which is a rip-off from so many character traits found in Sherlock and, especially Loki, i,e trickster to genius with brother/best friend issues wheres black tie suits and pale face.


      • lunchcoma says:

        Star Wars didn’t hurt Natalie Portman. I don’t think she benefited, either. To me, it seems like the effect was neutral and that her career really took off when she started taking more serious roles. I don’t know that Star Wars would hurt Benedict, either, but I think there are a lot of other projects he could work on that would do him more good.

      • Abby_J says:


        I don’t want to see either of them as the Master either. I would much rather see someone maybe a little older, to match up with Peter Capaldi, I’d actually prefer someone not so famous, but wouldn’t object to someone famous if Alan Rickman was available. ;)

        There was an internet rumor that Chiwetel Ejiofor was up for either the 11th or 12th Doctor, or maybe both (or 12 and 13, depending on how you want to look at it). I think he would be AMAZING, but I’m guessing after 12 Years a Slave and the next James Bond movie, that ship has sailed.

        I am incredibly stinking excited I am about Peter Capaldi as the new Doctor! I might like Sherlock and Marvel, but I am afraid I am a roaring Doctor Who fangirl.

    • jammypants says:

      Sam Jackson didn’t do too bad himself =p Liam Neeson seems to be getting bigger paychecks and more predictable roles.

  17. allons-y alonso says:

    “Sadly it won’t happen” ~ bullet dodged, my friend. I’m such a little nay-sayer about the new Star Wars films. They should just stick with the 3 birlliant ones and leave them (the “others” never happened).

    Also, abbreviating “Doctor Who” to “Dr Who” goes against my nerd sensibilities.

    • LadySlippers says:

      I agree. He dodged a huge bullet IMO.

    • lunchcoma says:

      Thirded. I don’t trust JJ, and everything I’ve heard so far about possible plots has been horror-inducing.

      • Katie says:

        Agreed, although I’m still not convinced Abrams can do worse than the Attack of the Clones lol.

        I keep hearing they talked to a bunch of known actors, him included, but can’t get anyone to sign. Supposedly the filming schedule estimates keeps changing and no one wants to lose other projects over a supporting role.

      • lunchcoma says:

        That makes sense, Katie, especially for someone like Benedict who works frequently and has a lot of possible conflicts. I don’t think he’d enjoy having a whole year of downtime because Star Wars wanted to film sometime vaguely around then.

        Now that I think of it, I imagine that would also make it fairly hard to cast anyone who’s attached to a franchise. Between Marvel, X Men, the Justice League thing that DC is trying to get off the ground, and Hunger Games, there are an awful lot of young actors whose schedules can’t accommodate that sort of unpredictability. They might do better to seek out people who are more known for indie roles, or to find a few talented unknowns.

  18. pru says:

    No Star Wars? Thank, God. I was worried because he seemed so genuinely interested.
    I hope at some point we get a real classic foot-in-mouth moment from him about what he really thought about S3 of Sherlock. I mean, he couldn’t possibly think it was on par with the first two seasons, could he? I was really hoping something would slip during his Oz Comic Con appearances.

    • Maggie says:

      Well he did say the TSOT, the wedding scene was one of his favourite episodes to play.

      I loved S3 and I cannot see him saying anything negative about the series.

      Here is the link, it is a long report I am afraid.

      ” What’s your favourite episode of Sherlock? Someone shouts… something. “Oh, you want to answer that question, do you? Did you record it?” The second one of the third series (ie TSOT) was good fun in that he had the “completely unique challenge” of that rant in the middle of the wedding speech. Like a one-man play but with a lovely audience of actors and extras, very rewarding as an actor, lots of meat to chew, about 30 pages, 39 (?) pages.”

      • pru says:

        Thanks for the link, Maggie. It was a fun read!
        I do think S3 had some funny moments and it was good to see BC show off some of his comedic skills.
        And I’ve heard him say that he loves being on the set of Sherlock, working with the cast and crew, and of course, how much he loves playing Sherlock. And I do believe he does. But I haven’t heard him delve too deep into the characters/episodes when doing press for this season, and I can’t help thinking that it is on purpose. To me, there was a marked difference in how this season was written compared to past ones, much lighter on the mystery/crime solving, leaps in character evolution that were never explained, among other things. And when candid Ben barely mentions storylines during all the PR he’s done, it’s telling.

  19. dread pirate cuervo says:

    The best Star Wars movie ever would be set between Episodes 3 & 4 & be all about Darth Vader being Darth & Vader-y. Cumby would be perfect for Vader.

  20. Intro Outro says:

    Big franchises are such a hit or miss. It’s quite hard to succinctly sum up my attitude towards my fav actors taking part in them. Especially in Star Wars. To put it bluntly, I hope neither Cumberbatch, nor Hiddleston take part in them. However, my attitude might change after ep. VII is released – if Disney manages to produce something decent with digestible dialogues and a plot that doesn’t make your skin crawl.

  21. Secret Squirrel says:

    Ben + Chocolate body paint = Chocolate bunny for Easter!!!

    Come on Ben… I’ve got the paint brush. I just need the canvas to do my work on!!

  22. Jessica says:

    I wouldn’t want Benedict to play the Doctor, and I kind of don’t want him in Star Wars either. So good that he’s not going to be in either. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Benedict, just not in those two franchises.

  23. Lola says:

    Only the actor and the production co. know for sure what happened. But, I did get the impression from The Graham Norton Show that he was in with Harrison Ford that it was a done deal. Oh well, maybe it’s for the best.

  24. Shiv says:

    So Benedict apparently has a secret girlfriend according to reports today? I’m just off to buy 5 bottle of wine and cry mauled to sleep.

  25. Shiv says:

    As my post above, I wrote ‘apparently’ as it’s just a rumour… Twitter is in meltdown though haha.
    No smoke without fire….hoooowever I can’t see how he could have a secret girlfriend considering he has not been in the same country for more than a week this year haha!

    • Becks says:

      Yes, where the press are concerned, there quite often is a great deal of smoke without any fire at all.
      And there really isn’t any ‘meltdown’ going on Twitter, either. What’s with all the hyperbole?

      • J says:

        yeah i didn’t seen any meltdown either. good for him though if its true. would be nice to see him with someone “normal”, professional/successful in their own right and not interested in the limelight. would give him a nice supportive home life and family hopefully.

        i did wonder if the fact that he stayed in cali for like a month post-oscars had something to do with finding a new friend :)

      • Felice says:

        I’m so bored of it all. The fact that the Mail hasn’t touched it speaks volumes. I don’t see how he can even find one since he’s always gone and seen with guys or by himself.

      • Hiddles forever says:


        Benny’s girlfriend is like Hiddles’ dong, there’s always someone talking about it, no matter how stupid that can seem to other people who are not ‘that’ invested in them.
        I call BS on this one, just my gossip gut….

    • Miss Jupitero says:

      I skimmed Twitter and Tumblr. Not seeing a “meltdown.”

      Never saw any true meltdowns over past rumors about Hiddles either. I think people really don’t care all that much. Things are boring with the press today perhaps?

      My question is: what possessed Cumbie to back out of Crimson Peak? The more I hear about that film the more I think it is going to be really, really good. Seriosuly, did he lose a bet with Hiddles?

      • Shiv says:

        I don’t do tumblr, only twitter where I have seen it heavily discussed. It appears to be positive comments though! :)

        Re: crimson peak – I would love to have seen Cumbers in something quite dark. Did he not mention it was between him and del Toro – perhaps something they did not agree on or to that affect?

      • lunchcoma says:

        I’m pretty sure both he and Del Toro said it was due to creative differences. I think there’s a possibility that the two of them simply didn’t work well together or have similar concepts of the character. Other in demand actors have stayed attached to it, so I don’t think it’s one of those cases where an actor jumps ship because the production is shaping up to be a disaster.

      • 'p'enny says:

        @shiv, miss jupitero and lunchcoma

        i gather from reading between a lot of rumbling tinternet articles and gossip [must be true] that Cumby wasn’t happy with the script. The script was rewritten by Lucinda Coxon-somebody? [who adapted the Scarlet Petal and the White? for the BBC a very good Victorian scandalous period drama.]

        When Tom did his PR release to say he was taking on the role, he stated that the script had been changed, again. I just think what Benny signed for, probably didn’t materialise and it wasn’t his thing. Which is cool.

        The thing is Hiddles has mentioned a couple of times how Del Toro is working and running ideas past him regarding script, during Coriolanus so it sounds like the script is pretty fluid and changing. And, someone on twitter has said the film is behind schedule too, which often means scenes must be changing here and there, so it will be interesting to see the final result.

        As for that article on that showbiz site, think the reporter has mixed up rumours about Hiddles love life. LOL! :-D clickbait nonsense.

    • Kelly says:

      I was so excited for about 2 min then I realized a) there’s no meltdown & b) there’s no proof!
      Damn, this gossip news is lame.
      But I guess it was inevitable, he’s been single too long, the gay rumors were bound to pop up any month now. Someone had to forestall it.

    • Platospopcorn says:

      I am so on board with this being true. This needs to be true!!! Saw someone mention that this same site had a piece a few days ago about him still being in love with Olivia. Maybe Olivia or her people said “ENOUGH! Make it stop.” I’m inclined to think either way that it’s more than just a sighting, because it specifically states that the woman has a serious career and wants to remain anonymous. Of course, if he has managed to keep someone hidden through all this traveling and promotional work, then KUDOS! Also, major props to any woman who would agree to stay way, way out of the limelight for things like the Oscars and whatnot. I’m not sure how I would feel about not sharing those things with a new love.

  26. Shiv says:

    Oh dear God, this is a gossip site! Here to gossip people…
    It would be great if he had a bird. He deserves one! Hope it is true.
    Re: twitter! It’s being heavily discussed!

    • Becks says:

      Gossip is one thing, but taking something as discussion worthy, based on ONE fatuous gossip site’s click bait, is ridiculous.
      Nobody is saying that he shouldn’t have a girlfriend.. It’s the most normal thing in the world (therefore not remotely interesting or remarkable IMO), what people are disputing is the likelihood of this being anything reliable whatsoever.
      And on Twitter, superfans are tweeting about it, yes. But that doesn’t equate to a ‘meltdown’ by any stretch of the imagination.
      I just don’t understand the need to overplay things or add drama that really isn’t there.

      • Shiv says:

        Since my comment on this, there have been neatly 15 comments so some must consider discussion worthy. This is a gossip site as I mentioned and it is in connection to the man hence discussing under a Cumberbatch thread.
        Anyway, not here to argue. It’s all just a little fun and I hope he does have a lovely lady in the wings.

  27. S says:

    It’s funny to see the meltdown over hidden girlfriend spreading to Tumblr as well. Can’t see how he could keep something hidden for too long though

    • Felice says:

      It’s most likely click bait though. The same exact poster wrote about Olivia two days earlier. The other things on that site are hashes from other tabloids. If an ‘insider’ is just a jaffa cake eating stranger who is standing across the street from him and sees him with some blonde, it’s most likely his niece. He is either with guys or his niece. No one saw anything at BFI or any event in LA and you know those roaches would be on that like white on rice. It’s interesting to see the ‘meltdown’ but it just doesn’t make sense. Maybe I’m wrong and he is superhuman and can maintain a new relationship even though he’s gone 90% of the time.

      -Fel out

  28. S says:

    Prob poor Karon this time since she was in Malaysia and Australia with him

  29. Cate says:

    I’m not saying he doesn’t have a girlfriend, but I am saying I don’t think would be anyone’s first choice to leak the news to. I’ve never even heard of their site, and let’s not forget the same writer posted that old story about Benedict still loving Olivia just 2 days ago.

    • MissMary says:

      This. Unless the guy is a super secret squirrel at hiding a relationship, this smacks of linkbait, esp coming on the heels of his Oz junket where he stated a few times that most of the stuff in the media is either untrue or old interviews pasted together. Besides, if there were people “finding” him and his friends in out of the way places in NOLA and reporting on it, there would definitely be something in the Fail or other sites by now, unless she’s kept in his pocket or is invisible.

  30. Raven says:

    According to cumberbabe29 on Tumblr, a model-photographer named Trese San Wong who was photographed with Benedict earlier this year in California is telling people she’s his girlfriend on her Instagram (tretresansan). It’s locked, so…

    • Shiv says:

      Just googled her, she’s gorgeous! However the article mentions not in public eye and well this lady is a model….who would undoubtedly want to be in the public eye. Also, the article mentions she wants to remain anon so can’t see she would then brag on Instagram! How odd, why would this lady say she was his GF….that’s if the tumblr poster is telling the truth.

    • Leo says:

      The Cumberbabe Tumblr is run by a not-very-sane person. Just had a look around – she opened it to claim that her niece saw BC in Oslo, Norway with a GF although he was already back in London (from NYC) at the time. People pointed out to her that there were photos/sightings of him in London but she claimed he was still in Oslo. She also ranted about being in touch with the producers of Hamlet/BC’s agents and threatened to report Cumberbatchweb for passing on what BC’s people told her about the play.

      And I really can’t believe that people are falling for this Instagram thing. This model-photographer went on Cali-vacation with her friends and came across BC at Big Sur. She took a fan photo with him and posted it on her Instagram. It was totally innocent – she joked they were BFF’s now. She was still there with her friends when he was already back home. And then the psycho-fans appeared and started leaving comments about her pretending to be his GF (based on one photo). She probably got snarky with them, it got a little too much and she locked her account.

      By the way – all this can be found just by googling BC’s pic with her, like I just did.

  31. blended says:

    if it’s true, i don’t see ben being happy about her spilling this on instagram.

  32. Shiv says:

    Infact this is the ladybwho photobombed Cumby in Cali… You know he is sitting in the sun reading the paper (around about the same time as the salsa dancing) and there is a lady photobombing him. I think she is just on the wind up…. I would tell people I was his girlfriend if someone asked haha! Furthermore, who am I to make comment but can’t see her cutting Wanda’s grade ;)

    • J says:

      honestly i read the comments and it comes across that she and her friends (mostly her male friends) are taking the piss out of a totally over invested super fan who got all bent out of shape. loads of snarky comments asking whether “so and so is his boyfriend” or whether she is his “beard”.

      i think people are taking it too seriously.

  33. Shiv says:

    Anyway, new bird or not….the curls are getting better and better. I love holiday batch! Swoooon.

  34. Lola says:

    I say use the photo shop programs and start creating pictures of us and Cumby. Then we should all include in our respective social media that we are all his GF’s … give this Teresa person a run for her money. :-) [and the media too, I mean really publish one thing one day and go a 180 the next, please] If it is true, I hope and wish for the man the best, he seems like a genuine good guy and aren’t we all looking for happiness in the end.