With casting calls and breakdowns leaking online regularly these days, many high-profile movies don’t even use their own script in auditions. While Disney and LucasFilm underwent the enormous casting process for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it became clear that most of today’s high-profile young actors were auditioning for this highly-anticipated movie, including rising star Eddie Redmayne. During an interview for his upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the actor says he’s pretty sure he auditioned for the iconic villain Kylo Ren.
Eddie Redmayne previously teased his Star Wars audition during a podcast appearance last November. Since he mentioned that he had often lost out to Domhnall Gleeson for roles in the past, like Bill Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, many believed that Eddie Redmayne auditioned for Domhnall Gleeson’s character General Hux. During a new interview with Uproxx, the actor revealed that he believes he was actually auditioning for Kylo Ren, although he doesn’t know for sure.
“So, I was going for, I think, for Adam Driver. They gave me like a Star Trek scene – or like something from Pride and Prejudice. It was one of those films. With films that top secret, they don’t give you the actual lines. So they give you a scene from Pride and Prejudice, but then they tell you you’re auditioning for the baddie. If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on.”
The actor also teased part of the audition process itself, where he was going through different variations on the iconic Darth Vader breathing sound. Apparently though, the actor couldn’t quite get it right, although he thanked casting director Nina Gold since she helped him out numerous times earlier in his career. Here’s what the actor had to say below.
“That was really a hilarious moment. Because it was Nina Gold, who I have to thank a lot because she’s cast me in several films. And she was just sitting there and I was trying again and again with different versions of my kind of “koohh paaaah” [Darth Vader breathing sound] voice. And after like ten shots she’s like, ‘You got anything else?’ I was like, ‘No.'”
Despite not landing the iconic role of Kylo Ren in this Star Wars movie, Eddie Redmayne’s career hasn’t turned out so bad. The actor won an Oscar last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and he will continue reprising his Newt Scamander role in upcoming Fantastic Beasts sequels. Still, we’ll never know how Eddie Redmayne might have fared as Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.