Eddie Redmayne has revealed today in an interview that he auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
In an interview with Uproxx, the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star revealed he audienced the role of the new saga’s main antagonist, but admitted he was “catastrophically bad.”
Opening up more on the audition, Redmayne said: “They gave me like a Star Trek scene — or like something from Pride and Prejudice.” He continued, “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.”
Redmayne attributed his failure to get the part that eventually went to Adam Driver that, “If you’re me, you then put some ridiculous voice on.” He elaborated on Nina Gold’s reaction to his audition, ‘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 10 shots she’s like, ‘You got anything else?’ I was like, ‘No.’
Despite this, Redmayne managed to grab a starring role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as the film’s protagonist Newt Scamander. The film is set to be released on 18th November 2016. Check out the trailer below: