COMMENT | It's no secret - there's been a ton of rumours surrounding 'Star Wars VII' casting. But are Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman on board?
Ever since 'Star Wars: Episode VII' was first announced, 'Star Wars' fans have been obsessed with figuring out who might appear in the galaxy far, far away - myself included. We've even heard hints (and speculation) of what could be the very plotlines of the upcoming 'Star Wars' sequel. But has any of it been on the money? A new report suggests that some rumours might have a bit more weight to them than we first thought.
According to 3D blog Market Saw, a 'top source' has given them a quick update on 'Episode VII' casting news… and apparently, a brief hint at the overall plot.
"Ian McDiarmid, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Warwick Davies, Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman [have been cast]," he said. "I believe Cumberbatch and Oldman were pursued for the same role, but I don't know how that will work out with the script changes, but I'm told they are both involved."
Now, none of these rumours give us anything new… except to apparently 'confirm' that these actors have signed on. But Cumberbatch and Oldman for the same role? I'm really not sure I can see it. I mean, granted they're both British actors, but would they really both be up for the same part?
And then there's the plot…
"Ultimately it's about twins," he explained. "Which will take a path towards darkness and which will follow in their father's footsteps, or at least that is what it used to be, that may come later as I think changes are being undertaken to bring the original cast into the forefront of the story leading to ramifications that lead up to the next generation of Skywalkers."
Essentially, what he's saying is that it's going to be about the next generation of Skywalkers and one of them will fall to the Dark Side. Not exactly mind-blowing, considering that we've already heard plenty of rumours and speculation that the Solo twin - Jaina and Jacen in the 'Star Wars' novels - could be the main thrust of the 'Episode VII' story.
But apparently, there's already been some issues when it comes to that pesky plot.
"Many Star Wars pre-production issues," he said. "An 'inadequate' central story which nobody would stamp off on, a problematic initial release date and an 'indecisive' director (J.J. Abrams) with the hardest gig in the industry. It's not going to be a cakewalk, but it will be a product shipping with the majority of its original parts."
Considering the recent 'Episode VII' delay - pushing the release back to Christmas 2015 - it just seems like another educated guess. We already know the script had been handed over to Lawrence Kasdan and J.J. Abrams… but the extent of these 'issues' remains a mystery.
Of course, it's worth mentioning that Market Saw have been spot on with a number of other rumours - namely that the new sequel trilogy would even happen in the first place. But I can't help wondering whether a lot of what's given here is little more than an educated guess. That's not to say that it won't pan out… but we'll have to just wait and see.
What do you think of these 'new' rumours? Inside source or educated guess? Let us know what you think in the comments below…
Ryan Leston is a sci-fi geek from Cardiff who loves all things Star Wars. His favourite Star Wars film is The Empire Strikes Back and he still wants to be Han Solo when he grows up. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.
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