Benedict Cumberbatch coming to Minneapolis? Probably not.

According to an article in the Huffington Post yesterday, Benedict Cumberbatch is scheduled to come to the Wizard World Minneapolis Comic Con in early May. It would be his first fan event appearance in the United States. Cumberbatch has enjoyed a sudden rise to celebrity status for his roles in Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit 2.

Sound too good to be true? At this point, it is.

Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role of Sherlock. (Photo courtesy BBC)

Debbie Hong at Wizard World Comic Con say that Cumberbatch is NOT confirmed, that his appearance is “still being negotiated” and that Comic Con is working to get Huffington Post to take down the article.

She says people who purchased tickets in response to the article will be given refunds.

Update as of 3:47pm March 13, 2014: Wizard World Comic Con staff now say that they will not be refunding tickets, only transferring them to other venues featuring celebrity guests that ticket holders would like to see.