No ‘Star Wars: Episode 7′ for Benedict Cumberbatch? Actor Heads to the ‘Lost City of Z’
Looks like that 'Star Wars: Episode 7' rumor was false after all. Following a statement from Benedict Cumberbatch's rep claiming, despite a report, that the actor would not be starring in J.J. Abrams' upcoming trilogy, the 'Sherlock' star has entered talks to replace Brad Pitt in 'Lost City of Z.'
As Deadline first reported, 'Lost City of Z' is being directed by James Gray, who also adapted the script from the David Grann novel of the same name. Cumberbatch is eyeing the role of Percy Fawcett, an explorer who found a mythical city deep in the Brazilian amazon in 1925. When his peers thought him a fraud, he led a three-person expedition, including himself and his son, back into the jungle, and none were heard from again.
Pitt's Plan B production company tried to get 'Lost City of Z' off the ground for years with little success, though perhaps it'll see the light of day now that Cumberbatch has room in his schedule after dropping a role in Guillermo del Toro's 'Crimson Peak.' The in-demand actor was last seen as the villain in Abrams' 'Star Trek Into Darkness' and will hit the screen next in 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,' '12 Years A Slave,' 'The Fifth Estate' and 'August: Osage County,' the latter three hitting up this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
As for whether he'll be cast in 'Star Wars: Episode 7,' his rep said, "There is no truth to the rumor Benedict has been cast in ‘Star Wars.’ I think the rumors are circling because J.J. and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on ‘Star Trek.’”