Are Benedict Cumberbatch And Gary Oldman After The Same Role In ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’?

Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman (AP Images)

Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman (AP Images)

Here’s an interesting poser. Gossip and rumors are circulating around JJ Abrams’ new Star Wars movies like gnats around a summer picnic, and of course almost all of them will turn out to be a load of old fooey by lunchtime tomorrow, but what if this particular question turned out to be an actual thing?

The aspect of the movie that everyone appears to be clear on is that the old guard—Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hammill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony DanielsIan McDiarmid—will be back in some form or other, and there is also a lot of discussion about the prospective roles Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman may play in proceedings.

However, according to a source close to Marketsaw blog (via Metro), there may have been some jostling between Benedict and Gary (or more likely between their names on a casting director’s list) over one specific part.

“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.”

The word twins keeps cropping up as well, but unless the laws of time are being fiddled with, it seems very unlikely that this is the role (or roles) that the source has in mind.

Mind you, it’s a rumor. We can say they’re playing space twins in a rumor if we want. Heck, we could bring Matt Smith in as their faithful Wookie companion, while we’re speculating.

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Fraser McAlpine

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