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Star Wars: Benedict Cumberbatch always wanted to be Han Solo

Star Trek star explains why he’s always love Star Wars

While 'Star Trek Into Darkness' takes the box office by storm, it turns out that Benedict Cumberbatch is more of a 'Star Wars' fan…

It seems that the star of BBC's 'Sherlock', Benedict Cumberbatch, is quickly making a name for himself as one of Hollywood's greatest villains. Playing John Harrison in 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and the dragon Smaug in the 'The Hobbit', this British actor is going from strength to strength… even if he is reinforcing the idea that us Brits make good villains. But while 'Star Trek' continues to smash box offices across the world, it seems that Benedict Cumberbatch is more of a 'Star Wars' fan…

"I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid," he revealed in an interview with Total Film. "In the way that a lot of kids are because it's immediate storytelling, very simple - a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way - and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera."

But it wasn't just an appreciation for the storytelling that made Cumberbatch a fan… It turns out that, much like every child who grew up with the original trilogy, he always wanted to be Han Solo.

"I loved them," he explained. "I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo. Everything Harrison Ford did I just thought was the coolest thing ever - Raiders Of The Lost Ark was very much my upbringing as well."

But while it may be a flight of fancy to imagine Benedict Cumberbatch with a fedora and a bullwhip, it might not be quite so bizarre to think of him on the set of the new Star Wars film…

"I've already asked [J.J. Abrams] if I can be a lightsaber and we're in talks - about whirring sounds and the rates for the lights and everything [laughs]."

Of course, it's hard to imagine Benedict as anything other than his new 'Star Trek' role, John Harrison… and anyone who's seen the film will know exactly why. Bringing to life this 'Star Trek' villain with such ferocity and passion, I have to admit - a jump to 'Star Wars' might be a bit of a stretch. But then, with J.J. Abrams at the helm, perhaps it's not too great a leap after all.

"They may be set in space," he adds. "But they dealt with every kind of discussion or morality play, or debate about race or purpose and place and identity, and what it is to belong, and the human condition, and that's its enduring appeal. I'm backtracking a bit but what I'm saying is my fervour for Trek was there, I just didn't realise it. I was an out-and-out kid running around with a lightsaber wanting to fly the Millennium Falcon but I think I'm growing into being a Trekkie, if that makes sense."

Of course, many fans have already expressed their concern about Abrams monopolising the two biggest science-fiction franchises… but I have to admit, it's something that worries me less and less - especially after seeing 'Star Trek Into Darkness'. But can he really direct both 'Star Trek' and 'Star Wars' without blurring the line in-between? If he does turn to Benedict Cumberbatch, or any of the other actors from 'Star Trek', he'll be boldly going where no man has gone before…

Would you like to see Benedict Cumberbatch in 'Star Wars: Episode VII'? Or would it be too much for 'Star Trek' stars to jump ship?