‘Star Wars’ trailer: Fans ask if Benedict Cumberbatch provides voiceover

The first trailer for 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' debuted earlier this afternoon (November 28)

The first trailer for the Star Wars movie premiered earlier this afternoon (November 28) – and many fans are now wondering whether Benedict Cumberbatch provides the voiceover.

At the start of the trailer, a voice with definite similarities to that of the Sherlock star is heard saying: “There has been an awakening. Have you felt it?” The same voice then adds towards the end: “The dark side… and the light.”

Twitter is now awash with speculation that Cumberbatch – who was at one point linked to a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens – has contributed to the trailer, perhaps as a favour to director Abrams, with whom he worked on last year’s Star Trek Into Darkness.

Watch the trailer below and decide for yourself.

The new Star Wars film takes place 30 years after the events of Return Of The Jedi. Plot details leaked online in August suggest the film will follow the search for missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker against the backdrop of the threat posed by a weapon of mass destruction. The film’s script was penned by Abrams, Toy Story 3 writer Michael Arndt and Star Wars franchise veteran Lawrence Kasdan. George Lucas, who is now retired, contributed to its story.

Alongside the returning trio of Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher, JJ Abrams has also cast Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Lupita Nyong’o, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and British actress Christina Chong.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set to open in cinemas on December 18, 2015.