INSIDER: Today's celebrity gossip from around the world
*BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH is rumoured to be set to star in Star Wars Episode VII.
It was recently revealed that the Sherlock actor had pulled out of GUILLERMO DEL TORO’s haunted house thriller Crimson Peak at the last minute, with no reason given, leaving the director scrabbling to fill the role.
Now movie blog Film Chronicles has reported that Lucasfilm are close to announcing some of the casting for the new Star Wars movie, and Benedict will be among the names revealed.
The British star has worked with director JJ ABRAMS on Star Trek Into Darkness and has previously admitted he was always more of a Star Wars fan than a Star Trek fan.
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*SCARLETT JOHANSSON has revealed that she wouldn’t rule out a career in politics, but admitted it would be “a stretch”.
The Bafta-winning actress, who is championing Hillary Clinton to be the next US President, admitted she would be open to branching out into the political sphere in an interview with Harper’s Bazaar.
“Do I imagine myself having a full-on political career? That seems like a stretch,” she said.
“But who knows? I don’t limit the possibilities. If I have more time, I may be able to lend a bigger voice to politics. I never close the door on those kinds of things.”
The 28-year-old star added: “I come from a politically active family. To be an active member of the community, to be a responsible citizen and to engage politically have always been part of my awareness and part of my life.”
*DAMIAN LEWIS has revealed it would be “wonderful” if he was asked to play James Bond
The Homeland star, who was previously said to be in the running to play the famous spy, said he would be open to becoming DANIEL CRAIG’s successor whenever the actor decides to step down.
“Yes, I think it would be wonderful. Daniel is doing an amazing job and he’ll continue to do it for a bit. But if it ever comes to that, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it,” he told Esquire.
His wife HELEN MCCRORY, who appeared in Skyfall, has said he would be perfect for the role, telling Daybreak: “I think Damian is the next James Bond. I think he’s charming, hot, intelligent and I can believe he could kill.”
*LILY ALLEN has tweeted LADY GAGA to ask her out for sushi during her London visit.
The Fear singer, 28, invited Gaga out to eat after her comeback gig at London’s iTunes festival.
She tweeted: “yo, @ladygaga you still in LDN ? Hit me up if you wanna go get sushi.”
Later, after tweeting about a helicopter over her garden and wondering what they were looking for, she added: “maybe its you @ladygaga , are we going to Nobu?”
Her invite prompted followers to tweet their Lady Gaga sushi puns to Lily, including “Marry the Nigiri” and “Bad (salmon) Roe mance.”
*ERIC MCCORMACK has revealed that his new role on Perception has helped people forget his Will And Grace character, Will Truman.
The 50-year-old actor, who received an Emmy Award for his performance as gay lawyer Will in the hit US sitcom, now portrays schizophrenic neuroscience professor and FBI consultant Dr Daniel J. Pierce in the crime drama.
“In the Twitter world, I’ve been getting a lot of ‘Will who?’ which is great. It’s like, what role is going to do that and how much time will it take? Would I be 60 before that happens?” he said.
“It was nice that this character is so different and it’s resonating with people for a lot of reasons. There are a lot of aspects to the show that is catching people’s attentions.”
Perception, which also stars RACHAEL LEIGH COOK and SCOTT WOLF, returns for its second season on Watch on September 3.
*HAYDEN PANETTIERE appears to be taking steps to remove her misspelt tattoo, after showing off a partially erased inking on holiday.
The star of Nashville and Heroes had the words ‘vivere senza rimpianti’ - Italian for ‘live without regrets’ – inked on the left-hand side of her back in 2011, but an extra ‘i’ was included on the last word.
The 24-year-old has been pictured wearing a bikini in Miami, where part of the phrase was barely visible, giving the impression that she is starting the procedure to have it lasered off.
It came after people pointed out the mistake in the tattoo.
Hayden – who was enjoying a break in Florida after filming the second season of Nashville – previously admitted her regret on US talk show The View in 2012.
She said: “Here’s the thing – if you’re going to get a tattoo in a language, just don’t ever go to that country, or a country where anyone speaks that language.”