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According to a report posted on Film Chronicles, actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast for an unspecified role in Episode VII, with an official announcement supposedly imminent.How Cumberbatch fits into the new movie is entirely open to conjecture (seeing as we know zero plot details so far!) Casting calls suggest we may see three or four early twentysomething Solo / Skywalker offspring in the film, which seems to count Cumberbatch out at a wise thirty-seven years old. Would Abrams use him as a villain for the second time in a row, or might he make an infinitely more appealing and energetic new Jedi hero, perhaps keeping the peace with Luke Skywalker? I know I’d rather cheer for Cumberbatch than hiss at him.As always, stay tuned to Jedi News for all your official Episode VII casting/plot announcements once they have been made by the proper sources.
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