Having already discussed that, though, one thing seems worth mentioning--especially if you're one of the people who still believes that Cumberbatch has an inside track on being cast in the film: he said, and then reiterated, during the two interviews that he believes the cast of the original Star Wars Trilogy will return.
"No matter what anyone said or is talking about, this is the simple truth: JJ and I have worked together before, I'd love to work together again," Cumberbatch told Access Hollywood in the video below. "There's been no offer made and that's that--and that is that. And that's not why I parted company from Crimson Peak. That was...completely different reasons, not because I was jumping for another job. I genuinely don't know; everyone else seems to know. I get texts and e-mails and congratulations and I go, 'Well, what do you know that I don't? Because I know the boss and he hasn't rung.' Nothing's been cast in that film yet apart from, as we know, the return players from the original films."
"Of course I’d love to do Star Wars and work with J.J. Abrams again because we had such a good time on Star Trek, but nobody has been cast and there are no offers out to anyone apart from the regulars who are returning. So that’s that rumour quashed." Then he adds with a grin: "We’ll have to wait and see."
While some of our readers have objected to our nitpicking his remarks to suggest that "no offer has been made" could mean he's in early talks, it certainly seems clear from these remarks that he's confident the original cast will be returning for the sequels. Whether that's a reflection of his relationship with Abrams and/or the production, or if he's just buying into the same Internet rumors for others that he's looking to "quash" for himself is hard to say--but it's certainly interesting...