Its been rumored, its been denied, its been batted around the Internet to the point that no one cares, because we all know we're not going to get a solid answer until much further down the road, anyway. Benedict Cumberbatch was reported to be playing a Sith Lord in Star Wars: Episode VII, and right now, that continues to only be a rumor, with Reps for the actor, and the actor himself, all claiming the information is false. With this being a J.J. Abrams production though, we all know that reps and actors lie, and that anything is possible. There will be no hard facts until the man is seen on set.
One of the contributing factors that lead many to believe Benedict Cumberbatch had taken the job as a Sith was his decision to drop out of Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak with no reason given. The actor has stepped forth to reveal why he left the project, confirming that it had nothing to do with taking on a role in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Benedict Cumberbatch actually claims that his departure was over creative differences, though his relationship with the director remains amicable.
"I don't know. Who knows, who knows? Nothing is known of that. I worked with J.J.. Obviously, he knows. Everyone who wants to be part of that film, they know about."
This was quickly followed up with a question about his departure from Crimson Peak, where he revealed the real reason for leaving the project, which doesn't sound like something he would lie about. Was it because of Star Wars?
"Absolutely not. No, no, no, no. That was nothing to do with it at all. [It was] between me and Guillermo, to be honest. It was amicable, and that's all I'm going to say."
Tom Hiddleston has since replaced Benedict Cumberbatch on Crimson Peak. There will be no shortage of the actor in coming weeks though, as Cumberbatch will next be seen in The Fifth Estate in theaters October 18, and his appearance as terrorist John Harrison is making its way home with the Star Trek Into Darkness Blu-ray this week.
Will we see him as a Sith Lord? That question will not be "officially" answered until at least early October, if we're to believe sources close to Disney.