British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken out to dismiss rumours suggesting he will be leading the cast of J.J. Abrams' new Star Wars movie.

Cumberbatch worked with Abrams on another sci-fi film, Star Trek Into Darkness, and online rumours recently suggested the director was preparing to announce him as the lead in his new Star Wars film.

Reporters tackled Cumberbatch about the story during his appearance at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada, and the Sherlock star insisted he hasn't been approached about joining the cast of Star Wars: Episode Vii.

He says, "This is the simple truth. J.J. (Abrams) and I have worked together before. I would love to work with him again. No offer has been made. That is that."

A representative for Cumberbatch adds, "There is no truth to the rumour Benedict has been cast in Star Wars. I think the rumours are circling because J.J. and Benedict have just recently had a wonderful time working together on Star Trek."

The new Star Wars film will go into production in the U.K. early next year (14).