If you’re the type to pay attention to movie casting rumors, then you’ve probably noticed the same thing I (and many others) have — two names regularly surface just about any time a big movie role is mentioned: Benedict Cumberbatch and Saoirse Ronan. What they have in common (besides two of the most unusual and nigh-unpronounceable names is the biz) is tons and tons of talent.
In the latest case of casting kismet, both Cumberbatch and Ronan are said to be in the running for major roles in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII. The lead role is rumored to be female, so that’s where Ronan fits in. Actually, there may be two female lead roles, and Ronan supposedly read for both parts this week. Cumberbatch is believed to be up for a villainous role — and possibly has already been cast. Cumberbatch’s baddie would have a small part in Episode VII, then become the Big Bad for episodes VIII and IX. Of course Cumberbatch’s camp is denying it, as is Abrams’ production company, Bad Robot — but we heard this song-and-dance with the “We swear he’s not playing Khan” B.S. from Star Trek Into Darkness. (The suckage of which was not Cumberbatch’s fault.)