Tom Holland remembers auditioning for the “disastrous” role of Finn in ‘Star Wars’

He was not yet one of the young actors in fashion, thanks mainly to his foray into the Marvel Cinematic Universe like Spider-Man. In Spain we did know him a little more, he was the leading boy of the box office The impossible (2012) of Juan Antonio Bayona, his debut at age 14. So tryouts and castings, especially those looking for new faces, were part of their main menu. to try to get some job like actor.

One of them was the one who organized J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm for the highly anticipated new trilogy of Star Wars that would start with The awakening of the force, released in 2015. In an interview for Backstage, taking advantage of the promotion of his imminent new film, Cherry, the now sought-after and highly sought-after actor recalls how it was. Fun, but not particularly good. And is that Holland is like that.

“I had read the wrong lines before in the wrong audition. I remember my audition for Star Wars, there were like four or five, and I think it was for the role that John Boyega finally did. I remember that scene with that girl, and God bless her, characterized as a kind of drone. So I did things like, for example, say “We have to get back to the ship!” And she would reply, “Bleep, bloop bloop, bleep bloop.”I just couldn’t stop laughing. I found it so funny. And I also felt really bad, because she was really just trying to be convincing as an android or a drone or whatever they wanted her to be. Yes, obviously I couldn’t finish. It wasn’t my best moment. “

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The role, as we know, finally went to another Briton, John Boyega, and who apparently had already impressed JJ Abrams by his performance in Attack the Block. Although from the words of Holland himself, as nice as he is absent-minded, we cannot trust whether Finn’s It was the role I had tested for. In addition, it should be remembered that Boyega was not exactly satisfied with his character in the recent galactic trilogy, assuring that “his race conditioned the entire experience”, to be inclusive and politically correct, but not really knowing what to do with his character.

Tom Holland would start his way to stardom with Captain America: A Civil War (2016) and was consolidated with Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017). Regarding the next movie, Cherry directed by Russo brothers, plays a character far removed from the MCU, that of a war veteran of only 23 years and traumatized, opiate addict and bank robber. The film is scheduled to be released March 12 and Apple +.

Going back to those auditions, from when he wasn’t famous yet, Holland explained which was also discarded for November criminals (from 2017 and which ended up starring in Ansel Elgort), but he thinks that everything is learned and having been rejected for the role of Finn or the one that Elgort obtained has also allowed him “become a better actor”.

It should be remembered that precisely with Daisy Ridley, King in Star Wars, has coincided starring in the science fiction and adventure proposal Chaos: The Beginning also coming soon (on March 5 in the United States). And on the other hand, its inclusion in a movie in the universe of Star Wars facing a future, perhaps not so distant, it is by no means ruled out.


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