Eddie Redmayne Reveals Which Star Wars 7 Role His "Catastrophically Bad" Audition Was For

The Oscar winner's audition for Kylo Ren could have gone better.


In 2014, actor Eddie Redmayne revealed to MTV News that he auditioned for a part in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It didn't go so well, as Redmayne assessed his tryout as being "catastrophically bad."

Now, the Oscar winner has revealed the part he was auditioning for: Kylo Ren. The role ultimately went to Adam Driver.

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"With films that top secret, they don't give you the actual lines," Redmayne told Uproxx about his try-out session. "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."

It didn't go so well, he recalled.

"That was really a hilarious moment. Because it was [casting director 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.'"

Redmayne also auditioned for Bilbo Baggins in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit,but he didn't get the part, as it instead went to Martin Freeman.

Redmayne, who won an Oscar winner for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, will be seen next on the big-screen in the Harry Potter spinoff Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The movie comes out on November 18 and is the first of five planned films for the series.

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