The Huffington Post | By Christopher Rosen
Posted: 09/03/2013 3:41 pm EDT | Updated: 09/03/2013 3:43 pm EDT
On Monday, The Force was strong with a rumor that Benedict Cumberbatch could play a key role in "Star Wars: Episode VII." On Tuesday, the actor's representatives batted down that notion in a statement to the New York Daily News.
“There is no truth to the rumour (sic) Benedict has been cast in 'Star Wars,'" a spokesperson for Cumberbatch told the New York tabloid. "I think the rumours (sic) are circling because J.J. [Abrams] and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on 'Star Trek.'"
The website Film Chronicles was first to report that Cumberbatch might star in "Episode VII," but the idea that Abrams would cast Cumberbatch in the film had been circulating around the internet for the better part of the last week. In fact, despite protestations from some about giving platform to the Cumberbatch story, many film writers and reporters have openly commented on the rumor via Twitter after it broke on Monday afternoon:
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