Benedict Cumberbatch Rules out Dr. Who & Star Wars: Episode VII Roles

Benedict Cumberbatch Rules out Dr. Who & Star Wars: Episode VII Roles

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch puts rumors to rest, as he confirms he'll "never" play the Doctor in Dr. Who, and won't appear in Star Wars: Episode VII.

Those hoping for Sherlock lead actor Benedict Cumberbatch to make an appearance in either Dr. Who or Star Wars: Episode VII might not like what they're about to read. During the Oz Comic-Con on Saturday, Cumberbatch squashed any hopes -- and rumors -- of him appearing in Dr. Who, and states, "I'm never gonna play the Doctor - and nothing to do with the Whoniverse." With Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat also being the showrunner for the BBC's Dr. Who TV series, fans have speculated -- and hoped -- that Cumberbatch would one day play the Doctor himself due to the connection. Unfortunately, as Cumberbatch's statement confirms, that won't happen anytime soon.

If that wasn't bad enough, while Cumberbatch had a very big role in J.J. Abrams' Star Trek: Into Darkness, the British actor also confirmed he won't be making an appearance in Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. According to Australian site The Iris, who was live-tweeting from the Oz Comic-Con, Cumberbatch revealed, "I would've liked a part in JJ's new Star Wars but it won't happen, sadly."

There you go, Cumberbatch fans. Don't expect Sherlock Holmes to make an appearance in either sci-fi franchises, but at least you'll be able to hear him once more as Smaug later this year in The Hobbit: There and Back Again And who knows? Things might change, as is the case with actors and casting choices.

Would you have liked to see Cumberbatch turn up in Dr Who or in Star Wars: Episode VII? Personally, I would have liked to see Cumberbatch as a Jedi. Maybe in Episode VIII, then?

Source: Radio Times, The Iris via Digital Spy

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This is only good news for me. Maybe I've watched the wrong things, but I've yet to see anything to suggest he has any sort of range. Also, throwing old horse-face into Episode VII just to appeal to his shrieking fanbase wouldn't fill me with confidence in the project. Did anyone see Into Darkness?

That's a shame. Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a great Grand Admiral Thrawn.

And yes, I know Thrawn was most relevant five years after Episode VI and that Episode VII will take place thirty years after that movie, but I also know that Disney is not going to stick to the established timeline of the expanded universe. That's not a gripe, it's just a fact.

Don't believe me? Three words: Death Star conception.

debtcollector:
This is only good news for me. Maybe I've watched the wrong things, but I've yet to see anything to suggest he has any sort of range. Also, throwing old horse-face into Episode VII just to appeal to his shrieking fanbase wouldn't fill me with confidence in the project. Did anyone see Into Darkness?

I personally liked him in Into Darkness. xD

Alex Co:

debtcollector:
This is only good news for me. Maybe I've watched the wrong things, but I've yet to see anything to suggest he has any sort of range. Also, throwing old horse-face into Episode VII just to appeal to his shrieking fanbase wouldn't fill me with confidence in the project. Did anyone see Into Darkness?

I personally liked him in Into Darkness. xD

Oh he wasn't the problem with Into Darkness, but I don't think he really helped the movie either. It seemed too much like they threw him in there just because his name would fill seats.

debtcollector:

Alex Co:

debtcollector:
This is only good news for me. Maybe I've watched the wrong things, but I've yet to see anything to suggest he has any sort of range. Also, throwing old horse-face into Episode VII just to appeal to his shrieking fanbase wouldn't fill me with confidence in the project. Did anyone see Into Darkness?

I personally liked him in Into Darkness. xD

Oh he wasn't the problem with Into Darkness, but I don't think he really helped the movie either. It seemed too much like they threw him in there just because his name would fill seats.

really? because i never who he was until Into Darkness...

Too bad. I just finished watching Sherlock recently and I think he'd have made an interesting Doctor.

i'm more upset about his lack of involvement in star wars than doctor who. i think capaldi will do a great job as the doctor, and i don't want him to leave any time soon. but i think cumberbatch has the voice for darker characters, i thought he was pretty decent in into darkness and his smaug voice was fantastic, so he could have been worked into star wars fair easily. although he only mentioned not being invoved in epsisode VII, so there's room for the later ones i guess

templar1138a:
That's a shame. Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a great Grand Admiral Thrawn.

And yes, I know Thrawn was most relevant five years after Episode VI and that Episode VII will take place thirty years after that movie, but I also know that Disney is not going to stick to the established timeline of the expanded universe. That's not a gripe, it's just a fact.

Don't believe me? Three words: Death Star conception.

I prefer Michael Fassbender for Thrawn. Cumberbatch would make a better Talon Karrde, I think.

templar1138a:
That's a shame. Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a great Grand Admiral Thrawn.

I was thinking the same thing. If he does find a role in any of the new Star Wars films, no doubt will he be playing an officer in the Imperial remnant.

I like him from into darkness and sherlock, the dude can give do dialogs like no other. He would make an interesting James Bond too.

To hell withj him playing the Doctor, after the great voice work he did with Smaug and Sauron I want him to play the Master.

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Bu-but Bendy-sempai...
I was hoping you would be the Master
and my master

Alex Co:
With Sherlock creator Mark Gatiss also being the showrunner for the BBC's Dr. Who TV series...

Umm, that's Steven Moffat you're thinking of there.

Kinda disappointed, but I guess it makes sense, in a way. Though, there's been a Doctor Who and Star Trek crossover comic, so there could be hope? Maybe?

PrinceOfShapeir:

templar1138a:
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I prefer Michael Fassbender for Thrawn. Cumberbatch would make a better Talon Karrde, I think.

I don't know about Fassbender, but you have a point about Talon Karrde. I hadn't even considered that.

redisforever:

Alex Co:
With Sherlock creator Mark Gatiss also being the showrunner for the BBC's Dr. Who TV series...

Umm, that's Steven Moffat you're thinking of there.

Kinda disappointed, but I guess it makes sense, in a way. Though, there's been a Doctor Who and Star Trek crossover comic, so there could be hope? Maybe?

Frick! Thanks for the correction! Changed it. =)

Cumberbatch should make his own sci-fantasy series, with blackjack, and hookers. Seriously, if it was just him wandering around the universe issuing parking tickets or something equally mundane, I'd watch it.

Hmm... are they making a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series anytime soon?

canadamus_prime:
Too bad. I just finished watching Sherlock recently and I think he'd have made an interesting Doctor.

I can agree with that, but I would prefer more Sherlock. I like Him a lot, and I am happy to not get over-saturated.
I am also glad to hear that SOMEBODY involved with Trek and Wars understands that what these two franchised DON"T need is to share the same actors as well as the same Director. J.J. loves star wars, great. He already made two good star wars movies with Kirk and Spock, let him have the real Wars Universe, more power to him.

If we start getting the same actors though, you can kiss one of the franchises goodbye. I'd bet it's Trek, because Disney can pump enough money into Star Wars to feed Africa for a decade. Maybe we can get a feature length Sherlock Holmes movie with Sherlock Holmes in it, instead of "The Adventures of Tony Stark in the 19th Century," complete with machine-pistols and explosions. Those were fun movies, but Sherlock Holmes they were NOT.

I'm all for MoAr Cumberbatch, but he can't be ALL the peoples.

Fine by me, I think Cumberbatch is one of the most overrated actors of this era. He's great in Sherlock... and not much else. Yeah, he's sexy, so is his voice, and I've heard he's a fun, quirky person in real life, but I really don't think the guy has much for stage presence. Frankly, the only movie I've seen where I enjoyed his acting was The Hobbit. I wouldn't object to him getting more voice-work, as I think that's where he works best.

I think that's a good thing. Given how well known Cumberbatch is now it wold seem a bit like stunt casting to have him take on the role of the Doctor in a kind of "look who we've got playing the Doctor now! It's Sherlock! How awesome is that!?" Plus, our new Doctor has not even made his first full appearance yet so it really is a bit soon to be talking about who would play him next.

debtcollector:
This is only good news for me. Maybe I've watched the wrong things, but I've yet to see anything to suggest he has any sort of range.

Kind of like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford?

Johnny Novgorod:

Kind of like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford?

Zing! Point taken. I guess Bendy would fit in, more or less, but....I dunno. Star Wars doesn't usually cast really huge names in for its leading characters. I think I'd rather see a few unknowns than be distracted by a bunch of familiar faces.

Which is part of why Episode VII worries me, since they seem to be determined to cameo every surviving actor from the original trilogy, regardless of how capable they still are.

Well of course he wont be in Dr. Who. They only made two films and I'm pretty sure Peter Cushing is dead.

Okay I'll go back to the pedant corner now. Sorry

canadamus_prime:
Too bad. I just finished watching Sherlock recently and I think he'd have made an interesting Doctor.

I think he'd make a better Master. I especially would have loved to have seen that terrifying, magnificent bastard as The Master as a foil to Matt Smith's child-like incarnation of the Time Lord. Then again, I'm one of the six people who liked the Master as played by John Simm. Simm's version being batshit crazy was a nice counter to the gravity of Tennant's superwoobie.

I wouldn't count this as gospel, though. I mean, I'm not counting on it, but this sort of "never" statement seems to frequently be untrue. Then again, it seems like his schedule is full until 2052, so maybe it's true.

Keiichi Morisato:

really? because i never who he was until Into Darkness...

Oh yeah, Benevolent Cumberbund had a pretty large following already. Him being named as the villain in Into Darkness is one of the bits that got my attention.

SilverStuddedSquirre:

I'm all for MoAr Cumberbatch, but he can't be ALL the peoples.

You take that back!

MarsProbe:
Plus, our new Doctor has not even made his first full appearance yet so it really is a bit soon to be talking about who would play him next.

If people don't like Capaldi (in the role), waiting until he actually has his own episode is merely a formality. Hell, people didn't even wait for 10 to regenerate to start coming up with reasons why 11 was horrible.

LittleWings:
Well of course he wont be in Dr. Who. They only made two films and I'm pretty sure Peter Cushing is dead.

Okay I'll go back to the pedant corner now. Sorry

It'll be a grimdark gritty reboot.

templar1138a:
That's a shame. Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a great Grand Admiral Thrawn.

And yes, I know Thrawn was most relevant five years after Episode VI and that Episode VII will take place thirty years after that movie, but I also know that Disney is not going to stick to the established timeline of the expanded universe. That's not a gripe, it's just a fact.

Don't believe me? Three words: Death Star conception.

That's a really good idea. Cumberbatch would match the whole intelligent, elegant ruthlessness of the character really well.

I would prefer Fassbender for Karrde actually. For reasons above.

debtcollector:

Johnny Novgorod:

Kind of like Mark Hamill, Carrie Fischer and Harrison Ford?

Zing! Point taken. I guess Bendy would fit in, more or less, but....I dunno. Star Wars doesn't usually cast really huge names in for its leading characters. I think I'd rather see a few unknowns than be distracted by a bunch of familiar faces.

Which is part of why Episode VII worries me, since they seem to be determined to cameo every surviving actor from the original trilogy, regardless of how capable they still are.

I don't know, the original movie had Alec Guiness and Peter Cushing in it... back then they were considered huge stars. And the prequels had Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor and Christopher Lee in them - also pretty big stars. Again, I don't really see Benedict as a "Star Wars guy" but that's not to say they wouldn't cast someone on charm and name alone.

Cool, can we go back to speculating on him being Spike Spiegel because of that one time he was photoshopped as him?

What? Google it.

Gizmo1990:
To hell withj him playing the Doctor, after the great voice work he did with Smaug and Sauron I want him to play the Master.

Absolutely and Martin Freeman should be the next Doctor.

templar1138a:
That's a shame. Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a great Grand Admiral Thrawn.

And yes, I know Thrawn was most relevant five years after Episode VI and that Episode VII will take place thirty years after that movie, but I also know that Disney is not going to stick to the established timeline of the expanded universe. That's not a gripe, it's just a fact.

Don't believe me? Three words: Death Star conception.

You mean like the fifty thousand different Death Star conceptions that were created both before and after Attack of the Clones?

It might be me, but I suspect Benedict Cumberbatch might be trying to distance himself from "Fandom" and move on to other more "serious" acting roles, especially now that his name is out there. I can see him wanting to do "Star Wars" because there would be a sort of odd prestige in that as a capper to his roles in fandom, but with being turned down for that, it seems like he's pretty much dismissed association with or interest in any other science fiction or fantasy property suggested, including very likely ones. I mean he could probably get a two season run on "Doctor Who" easily, which would keep him working, and is a job that most actors would give their left arm for. Whether he'll come back to this stuff or not, I suspect we'll see him go through a period where he'll really be trying to attach himself exclusively to "serious" dramatic roles once his current batch of projects is concluded.

I do hope I'm wrong about that though, he'd be good for a lot of things throughout the collective fanverses, I hope he doesn't forget what made him before he gets too old.

Also for the record, if I was going to cast Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Wars it would be as a crime lord. I get tired of almost every Crime Lord being a Hutt. I think they had a human one in one of the old Star Wars real time strategy games. I'd probably want to use him in a role like that, sort of an odd combination of Holmes' nemesis Moriarty and the Khan role he already pulled off. :)

Also while it would never happen his roles as Sherlock and Khan also made me think that he might be able to pull off something like a "Warhammer 40k" Inquisitor if anyone ever decided to do a 40k movie. He isn't heavyset enough to be perfect, but I could almost see him playing "Inquisitor Eisenhorn" if someone did a movie or mini-series based on the series. Even more perfectly I think his style of face could pass well as Colonel Commissar Ibraim Gaunt from "Gaunt's Ghosts" (though that would be harder to do a series around due to the scope).

SilverStuddedSquirre:

canadamus_prime:
Too bad. I just finished watching Sherlock recently and I think he'd have made an interesting Doctor.

I can agree with that, but I would prefer more Sherlock. I like Him a lot, and I am happy to not get over-saturated.
I am also glad to hear that SOMEBODY involved with Trek and Wars understands that what these two franchised DON"T need is to share the same actors as well as the same Director. J.J. loves star wars, great. He already made two good star wars movies with Kirk and Spock, let him have the real Wars Universe, more power to him.

If we start getting the same actors though, you can kiss one of the franchises goodbye. I'd bet it's Trek, because Disney can pump enough money into Star Wars to feed Africa for a decade. Maybe we can get a feature length Sherlock Holmes movie with Sherlock Holmes in it, instead of "The Adventures of Tony Stark in the 19th Century," complete with machine-pistols and explosions. Those were fun movies, but Sherlock Holmes they were NOT.

I'm all for MoAr Cumberbatch, but he can't be ALL the peoples.

i would go as far as calling the star-trek movies decent, they were good sci/fi movies but decent star-trek movies.
I see what your aiming at with calling them starwar movies, and agree.(as a TREK fan even)
And why he shouldn't be in the upcomming SW movies, people have trouble enough telling the TREK from the WARS as it is.

And Cumberbatch as "the doctor"?
I do think he could be a briljant Doctor, but it will be Sherlock with a T.A.R.D.I.S..
The doctor already is a bit of space/time sherlock, especially Matt Smith.
That probably has a lot to do with Steven Moffat.

And lets give the new Doctor some time to develop before mentaly replacing him already.

 

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