Abrams on Cumberbatch for Episode 7 (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Source: LA Times Reporter Yvonne Villarreal (@villarrealy) on Twitter

Recently, Yvonne Villarreal of the LA Times caught up with JJ Abrams and asked him about Benedict Cumberbatch being cast in Episode VII. She got the following quote:
"We're working our asses off trying to get things in place w/ casting." Benedict Cumberbatch? "I love that guy."

Again, not a confirmation or a denial. We should know something official, for casting, by the end of the year. Production of Episode VII begins this January. 

In other Star Wars news, JJ Abrams has recently been quoted (by ContactMusic) in saying that he wants Star Wars to feel "authentic" and "real". A great change of pace from the prequels. In the same interview he said: “'It's been nice see that how important it is and to be reminded how important it is to so many people. We all know that [creator George Lucas'] dream has become almost a religion to some people”. For this Star Wars fan, it is nice to know that Abrams gets it. 

What does Abrams have to do for you to make Star Wars feel real? The construction of the Millennium Falcon that has been reported on is a step in the right direction. 

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