Did Benedict Cumberbatch film a cameo in Star Wars: Episode VII?

A tantalising rumour suggests we might be seeing the Sherlock star in a galaxy far, far away

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Just days after Star Wars filming ended, the rumour mill continues to churn out appetising morsels – and this one’s a doozy.

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According to Star Wars 7 News, an anonymous source has revealed that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch filmed a cameo last week for Star Wars: Episode VII, with actors Simon Pegg and Warwick Davis also popping up as aliens.

While we continue to take these rumours with a generous pinch of salt, speculation about Cumberbatch’s potential involvement in the film has been rumbling around for a while, with the actor admitting he’d visited the Star Wars set during his appearance on a recent episode of The Graham Norton Show.

“I went to the set. It was incredible,” he said, before adding mysteriously: “I probably shouldn’t be saying these things.”

Pegg’s cameo has also been rumoured for some time, with both actors appearing in director JJ Abrams’ last film Star Trek Into Darkness.

But the latest ‘report’ suggests Pegg plays a creature from another world who confronts newbie Daisy Ridley’s character and the original series’ Chewbacca, whose arm is in a sling.

According to the source, Pegg’s character insults Chewie, asking “What good is a one-armed Wookiee?” – with Chewie responding by ripping off Pegg’s arm (in what may be a reference to a throwaway line in the original series where it was threatened the Wookiee might do the same).

In an interview with Vulture earlier this year, Pegg seemed to imply that if he did appear in the film, it would be in some sort of prosthetic or mask as would befit an alien character.

He said: “I feel like my face in Star Wars would pop people out of the movie. Look, I love Star Wars, and I don’t want people to watch and go, ‘Oh, there’s Simon Pegg’s face’.”

Star Wars 7 News’ source also suggested that Life’s too Short and Harry Potter star Warwick Davis (who played an Ewok called Wicket in 1982’s Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi) would appear as a bar musician in the series’ iconic Cantina. Davis also held three roles in 1999’s Star Wars: Episode I.

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Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on 18th December 2015