Eddie Redmayne unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren in ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

The 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' actor first revealed his failed attempt to land a role in the Star Wars film last year

Eddie Redmayne has spoken about his unsuccessful audition for the role of Kylo Ren in the recent Star Wars film The Force Awakens.

The role of the series’ new antagonist went to Adam Driver, but before he was cast director JJ Abrams and the producers auditioned a number of other hopefuls. “We saw some other actors, some great actors, partly to keep an open mind,” Abrams revealed in The Force Awakens director’s commentary.

As Uproxx reports, one of the actors who auditioned for the role of Kylo Ren was Redmayne. The Oscar-winning actor first revealed that he’d unsuccessfully auditioned for a role in The Force Awakens back in November 2015, but he’d yet to reveal the identity of the character he was auditioning for.

“I was going for, I think, for Adam Driver,” Redmayne revealed. “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.

“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,” Redmayne continued. “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.'”

While Redmayne didn’t get the Star Wars gig, the 34-year-old Londoner does have the lead role in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off film Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, which is released on November 18.

Last week, the first pictures of Redmayne as Newt Scamander in the prequel film were revealed.