This audition story comes by way of Backstage in a new interview with the Spider-Man and Uncharted actor. Before becoming synonymous with Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and before nabbing the role of famed treasure hunter, Nathan Drake, Holland was apparently “four or five” auditions deep for a role in what we now know as Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
“I remember my audition for Star Wars,” Holland told Backstage when asked about audition horror stories he had. “I was like four or five auditions in, and I think I was auditioning for John Boyega’s role [Finn]. I remember doing this scene with this lady, bless her, and she was just a drone. So I was doing all of this, like, ‘We gotta get back to the ship!’ and she was going, ‘Bleep, bloop bloop, bleep bloop.”
Holland said he couldn’t stop laughing because of how funny he found it. He also felt really bad because it was clear the person was trying really hard to be a convincing android or drone.
“I obviously didn’t get the part,” he continued. “That wasn’t my best moment.”
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It’s a great story and it’s not hard to imagine how that mess-up might have led us to the reality where Holland plays Peter Parker instead of Finn.
Speaking of multiple timelines, check out this story about Holland denying that former Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield appear in the upcoming MCU Spider-Man sequel and then read about how he called the next Spider-Man movie the “most ambitious standalone superhero movie ever made.” After that, check out the first image of Holland as Nathan Drake in the upcoming Uncharted film.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.