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Tom Holland recalls his disastrous 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' audition

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
·2-min read
Cast member Tom Holland poses at the premiere for the film
Tom Holland (Credit: REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni)

While it's hard to imagine anyone else playing Finn in the recent Star Wars trilogy, actors other than John Boyega were in the running.

A few years before he landed his role as Spider-Man, Tom Holland was in the running for the part, but for reasons that will become apparent, bombed out.

In an interview with Backstage, he explained that he had 'quite a few' auditions for the movie.

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“I’ve read the wrong lines at the wrong audition before,” he said. “I remember my audition for Star Wars, I was like four or five auditions in, and I think I was auditioning for John Boyega’s role.

John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)
John Boyega in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm)

“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.’ I just couldn’t stop laughing. I found it so funny.

“And I felt really bad, because she was trying really hard to be a convincing android or drone or whatever they’re called. Yeah, I obviously didn’t get the part. That wasn’t my best moment.”

Things turned out OK in the end, however.

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He was cast as Peter Parker in 2015, with his first appearance in spandex coming in 2016, via his surprise role in Captain America: Civil War.

His character was then properly introduced in Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, and then in Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, and then Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The sequel to Far From Home is currently being filmed, with a release date planned for 17 December.

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