Eddie Redmayne's 'catastrophic' Star Wars audition

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 1 December 2014
Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne

Actor Eddie Redmayne had a "catastrophic" audition for 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens', which "crushed" his "childhood dreams"

Eddie Redmayne had a "catastrophic" audition for 'Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens'.

The 32-year-old actor admitted to having a particularly bad audition for an unnamed role in the eighth instalment of the science-fiction saga which resulted in "crushing" his "childhood dream".

Recalling the embarrassing incident, Eddie said: "My 'Star Wars' audition was pretty catastrophically bad. There's this wonderful casting director called Nina Gold, who I absolutely love.

"I went in and did this scene, and after seven times of trying to play ... [Gold] was like, 'Got anything else, Eddie?'

"I said, 'OK, that's a childhood dream crushed.'"

Eddie then explained how he also ruined an audition for the 'The Hobbit' as he tried to win the role of Bilbo Baggins, which eventually went to Martin Freeman.

In a recent interview with the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Eddie shared: "I did a very awful audition for 'The Hobbit' too - trying to do my Bilbo Baggins impression."

However, the handsome actor managed to successfully land a role in at least one science based movie.

Next year, Eddie will join Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum in the space opera, 'Jupiter Ascending', which is due out in cinemas from February 2015.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

  • 5 stars
  • 2015
  • US
  • 2h 16min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: JJ Abrams
  • Written by: Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams, Michael Arndt
  • Cast: John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Kenny Baker
  • UK release: 17 December 2015

From the ashes of the Empire, the villainous First Order rises up to destroy Luke Skywalker (Hamill) – but where is he? Fans can rejoice: Episode VII is sensational and surprisingly emotional, with a finely-crafted script and effects that never overpower the performances. Star Wars is back in a big way.

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