After being rumored for a role in Star Wars: Episode VII for several months, Benedict Cumberbatch revealed at Australia's Oz Comic-Con that he will not be a part of director J.J. Abrams' highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel. Australian entertainment site The Iris was live-tweeting his Q&A session over the weekend, where he also revealed that he wont' be a part of the Doctor Who universe either.
I would've liked a part in JJ's new Star Wars but it won't happen sadly— The Iris (@TheIrisAU) April 12, 2014
I'm never gonna play The Doctor, & nothing to do with the Whoniverse— The Iris (@TheIrisAU) April 12, 2014
We first heard about the actor's possible involvement in Star Wars: Episode VII back in September when he was rumored to play a Sith Lord in the sequel, although he also revealed later that week that he hadn't been offered a role. Director J.J. Abrams hinted later that month that he "loves that guy," in reference to Benedict Cumberbatch, when asked about the film's casting.
With production already under way, Disney still has not confirmed any cast members for Star Wars: Episode VII, with R2-D2 currently the only character that has been officially set to return. The story will take place 30 years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, featuring a new heroic trio and a slew of returning actors from the original trilogy.