Rumor of the day: Cumberbatch! Oldman! New Star Wars VII cast, plot details

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Feb 25, 2014, 9:05 AM EST

The rumor mill continues to churn around Star Wars: Episode VII, and some new reports indicate part of the cast has been locked in. Plus, some tantalizing new plot details.

The folks at Market Saw are reporting that rumored stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Gary Oldman were apparently up for the same role — but now it sounds like they could both be in the movie anyway. Exactly how that’ll work? We’re not entirely sure, though we’d wager J.J. Abrams and Lawrence Kasdan’s rewrite probably shook things up enough for both to fit in the new version.

The scooper also claims to have some new info on the plot, though it sounds like the news is in a state of flux due to the rewrite. Regardless, we can apparently expect a new story about twins, with one good and one bad. But that could be bumped to Episode VIII, due to the renewed focus on the original cast members in Episode VII.

Here’s the excerpt:

"Ultimately it's about twins, and which will take a path towards darkness and which will follow in their fathers footsteps, or at least that is what it used to be, that may come later as I think changes are being undertaken to bring the original cast into the forefront of the story leading to ramifications that lead up to the next generation of Skywalkers." 

Along with those tidbits, the report also reiterates some previous indications that part of Harrison Ford’s deal calls for two new Indiana Jones sequels, because even he thinks we deserve better than Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. We’d be hard pressed to argue that we need something to wash that Shia LaBeouf taste out of our collective mouths. Godspeed, Indy.

Do you think any of this is true? Would you like to see Cumberbatch and Oldman suit up in Star Wars? What about some Indiana Jones sequels?

(Via Market Saw)