Benedict Cumberbatch to play Darth Vader-like villain in new Star Wars film

Posted on 4 September 2013
By Paige Gardiner
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Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch is to play a Darth Vader-like villain in the upcoming Star Wars film.

37-year-old will take on a role as an evil Sith Lord in Star Wars: Episode VII, which is due for release in 2015 with a further two sequels planned.

The role would see Cumberbatch reunite with Star Trek Into Darkness director JJ Abrams.

LucasFilm is reportedly on the verge of revealing this as its first major casting announcement with Cumberbatch taking a major role in multiple films of the new trilogy.