The Usual Suspects Director Singer Would Cast Cumberbatch in Lead Role Today

Benedict Cumberbatch in Star Trek Into Darkness

During his X-Men: Days of Future Past-centric Q&A on Twitter just now, filmmaker Bryan Singer--who came to wide recognition following the massive success of his film The Usual Suspects--was asked to lay out who he might cast if the film was made today instead of in 1995.

Some of his answers might surprise you.

Agent Kujan is Edward James Olmos, Keaton is Chris Hemsworth, Fenster is @hitRECordJoe, McManus is Dane DeHaan, Hockney is @JonahHill, Edie Finneran is Jennifer Lawrence, Kobayashi is Michael Fassbender and Verbal Kint is Benedict Cumberbatch.

[For those who don't know, @hitRECordJoe is Joseph Gordon-Levitt.]

That's an interesting lineup. In the original film, of course, those roles went to (in order) Chazz Palminteri, Gabriel Byrne, Benicio del Toro, Stephen Baldwin, Kevin Pollak, Suzy Amis, Pete Postelthwaite and Kevin Spacey.

I'm not sure I would re-cast any of them, but certainly the lineup Singer proposes is an interesting one, and a group that would skew younger and arguably draw a bit bigger box office. What do you think?