So when you have Benedict Cumberbatch and Harrison Ford sharing the same couch to promote separate movies (the former was plugging The Fifth Estate, while the latter was talking up Ender’s Game), the question everyone wants to know is: Are you or aren’t you going to be in Star Wars: Episode VII?
During a joint appearance on the U.K.’s Graham Norton Show, the pair were asked about their involvement in the new Star Wars film. They mumble their way through the segment, but interestingly, neither actor denies they are appearing in the upcoming film.
“Are you and Princess Leia an old couple running a bed and breakfast?” Norton asks Ford.
“That’s why I’ve not quite made the choice,” he replies, with a smile.
Watch the video and let us know in the comments what you make of their waffling. Are they in or out? I think it’s pretty much a done deal that they both have some type of role in Episode VII. Why not just say no if it wasn’t true?
I can picture it now, a 73-year-old Ford wins Best Supporting Actor at the 2016 Academy Awards.
In case you are just joining us, rumours have been running rampant for months that Ford will be back for the next instalment reprising Han Solo. More recently, Cumberbatch’s name has been floated as a possible “Vader-type” villain in the new film, which is being written by Oscar-winner Michael Arndt.
Benedict played Khan in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, and previously stated his love for George Lucas’ beloved sci-fi franchise. In an interview with the Toronto Sun’s Jim Slotek at TIFF last month, Cumberbatch was equally coy.
“No offers have been made across the board, so who knows?”
And it looks like Star Wars 7 isn’t the only sequel Ford potentially has up his sleeve. During his promotional rounds for Ender’s Game, Ford has dropped hints about Blade Runner 2 (he and director Ridley Scott have chatted about it) and indicated he will do Indiana Jones 5 in a “New York Minute.”
In more Star Wars news, Latino Review is reporting that the working titles for Episode VII are either Return of the Sith or Rise of the Jedi. Sorry, in case anyone at Disney is listening, I’m not a fan of the second one.
Too bad Into Darkness is already taken. That’s a fantastic title for a sequel.
And according to Jedi News there is speculation that a teaser trailer for Episode VII will hit theatres April 4, 2014, ahead of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the film will be released Nov. 11, 2015.
That is strictly a rumour, but the summer 2015 movie release schedule is packed with The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator 5, Independence Day 2, Jurassic World, Ant-Man, Man of Steel 2, and more, hitting theatres between May and August. I’m sure there’s a Fast & Furious movie in there somewhere as well.
If it is released in November, Star Wars 7 will only have to face competition from James Bond 24 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2.
And because it’s a long weekend, and you probably have a turkey in the oven (at least if you are in Canada), I’ll share with you the teaser trailer for the 1977 film that started it all. Posted by the Star Wars YouTube channel, the film was originally sold as “the story of a boy, a girl, and a universe.”
Isn’t it great how it turned out to be so much more?