British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch has been reportedly added to the cast of the Upcoming 'Star Wars: Episode VII'. Although it hasn't been officially confirmed, the speculation may be accurate as the director of the new Star Wars film (J.J. Abrams) also worked with the British actor in 'Star Trek into Darkness'. 

Benedict starred as the villainous, superhuman Khan who was widely praised for his portrayal with Michael Dequina from commenting "Cumberbatch, with his otherworldly aura of menace and basso profundo rumble of voice, makes a worthy and memorable Big Bad in the annals of Trek lore."

J.J. Abrams has re cast the British actor according to Film Chronicles as "Lucasfilm are about to make a big casting announcement regarding Star Wars VII, and that casting announcement appears to be none-other than Benedict Cumberbatch"

As the film's plot and character details are virtually unknown at this time, how J.J. Abrams chooses to use Benedict is open for speculation. It is no secret that he is a huge fan of the original films and in an interview with Total Film while promoting 'Star Trek into Darkness' he commented "I was much more connected to [Star Wars] as a kid, in the way that a lot of kids are because it's immediate storytelling, very simple - a beautifully, outrageously simple narrative in a way - and a wonderful three-act melodrama, opera. And I loved them. I really, really loved those films and I always wanted to be Han Solo".

Benedict Cumberbatch crossing from Star Trek to Star Wars is obviously going to cause quite a stir but as he already has a working relationship with the film's director as well as being a fan of the franchise, the assumption can be made that he will be the right man for the role, villainous or heroic. 

Star Wars Episode VII is slated for release sometime in 2015.

Benedict Cumberbatch.
Benedict Cumberbatch has being rumoured to appear in new Star Wars

J.J. Abrams
J.J Abrams is the director of Star Wars: Episode 7