February 24, 2014
Gary Oldman And Benedict Cumberbatch Competing For STAR WARS Role, Plus Warwick Davis Returns?
MarketSaw was uncredited in breaking the original story that Lucasfilm was working on a new Star Wars trilogy, without Lucas as director. The site was dismissed at the time, but turned out to be on the money, thanks to their excellent source. Well they also had the directors wish-list, which mostly turned out to be true as well. Now they have a bit of a casting update for Episode VII.
Jim says that actors Benedict Cumberbatch (previously linked many times) and Gary Oldman (recently confirmed talks for a role) are solid contenders, and currently are being looked at for the same role. Considering there were script rewrites anything is possible to which direction they'd want to go with the unknown character. I wouldn't even be surprised if we saw both actors in the trilogy, in the end. It had been stated by BadassDigest, Benedict was being eyed for a villain role.
They also mention a few returning cast members which include standouts Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok, various Star Wars characters) and Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine). Davis is such a staple to the series and was excellent in the Harry Potter franchise, I really hope he get's more to do.