Cross him off, then. According to reports from Australian entertainment news site The Iris, Benedict Cumberbatch told an Oz Comic Con crowd that he was not going to star in "Star Wars: Episode VII."
HuffPost Entertainment contacted Cumberbatch's representatives to confirm that the actor did indeed make this statement during his appearance. This post will be updated if and when they respond.
Cumberbatch was first rumored for "Star Wars" in September of 2013. At the time, the actor's reps shot down the report, but Cumberbatch did allude to the fact that appearing in the J.J. Abrams film was something he was interested in doing.
"I worked with J.J. [Abrams]. Obviously, he knows," Cumberbatch to THR. "Everyone who wants to be part of that film, they know about."
In December, Cumberbatch told Conan O'Brien that he was calling Abrams and leaving him messages about starring in "Episode VII."
"I would leave casual messages on his phone as a light saber," Cumberbatch said.
"Star Wars: Episode VII" is out in theaters on Dec. 18, 2015.
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