My feeling is that we will be digging up behind-the-scenes stories about the new Star Wars volumes for decades after we get done with this latest round of films, from The Force Awakens and Rogue One to the Han Solo movie and whatever Colin Trevorrow has in store for Episode IX. For now, however, we’re still finding out tidbits about The Force Awakens and Eddie Redmayne of all people added one story to the pile today.
Though he’s long said that he was brought into audition for the role of Hux, which eventually went to Domnhall Gleeson, Redmayne says he now believes he was in line for the role of Kylo Ren, the now iconic villain played by Adam Driver. During an upcoming interview with UPROXX’s Mike Ryan, Redmayne recalls his audition with the casting director, which sounds like the most high-pressure situation imaginable in Hollywood. You can read Redmayne’s full answer below, but I must say I’m glad Redmayne didn’t end up with the role. Not only is Driver absolutely riveting in the role, Redmayne does better with joyful humanity than curdled, violent idealism. I might only point out his performance as the main nemesis in the borderline unwatchable Jupiter Ascending. And now that he’s the giddy hero of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, this seems to have all worked for the best on the whole.
Here’s the excerpt from UPROXX‘s upcoming interview with Redmayne:
You mention auditioning for the same roles as Domhnall Gleeson a lot. When you auditioned for Star Wars, did you audition for Hux?
No. So, I was going for, I think, for Adam Driver. They gave me like a Star Trekscene – 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.
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.”