Benedict Cumberbatch rules himself out of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

'Sherlock' star won't be appearing in JJ Abrams 'Star Wars' movie

Benedict Cumberbatch has ruled himself out of appearing in Star Wars: Episode VII.

The Sherlock star broke the disappointing news at Oz Comic-Con, telling fans that he won’t be involved in director JJ Abrams’ Star Wars, reports Radio Times. “I would’ve liked a part in JJ’s new Star Wars but it won’t happen, sadly,” he said.

Meanwhile, the character of Chewbacca has now been confirmed to be making an appearance in the new Star Wars film. Suspicion of the character’s involvement in the new movie came when Peter Mayhew, the actor who played Chewbacca in the first Star Wars trilogy and Revenge Of The Sith, cancelled a convention appearance because of filming this May.

It is also now being reported that Star Wars: Episode VII producers are likely to rebuild Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine in Abu Dhabi.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that sources have said the film will be shooting in the United Arab Emirates location from around mid-May and has added that they will be shooting for around four weeks. Disney has yet to comment. The film will also shoot at Pinewood Studios in the UK.