Now, the Oscar winner has revealed the part he was auditioning for:
Kylo Ren, the role that ultimately went to Adam Driver.
“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 TheHobbit. He ultimately didn’t get the part that we all now know went to Martin Freeman.