Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne wanted to join the Dark Side — but his audition for a leading "Star Wars" villain went up in flames faster than the Death Star.
The 34-year-old actor revealed he tried out to play Kylo Ren — the newest lead baddie in a galaxy far, far away — to no avail before the role ultimately went to Adam Driver.
"That was really a hilarious moment," he told Uproxx of his tryout. "Because it was (casting director) Nina Gold, who I have to thank a lot because she’s cast me in several films."
"She was just sitting there and I was trying again and again with different versions of my kind of "koohh paaaah" (Darth Vader’s breathing) voice. And after like ten shots she’s like, ‘You got anything else?’ I was like, ‘No.’"
Eddie Redmayne (l.) revealed he tried out to play Kylo Ren — the newest lead baddie in a galaxy far, far away — to no avail before the role ultimately went to Adam Driver (r.).
Driver debuted the ominous character in last December’s record-setting blockbuster, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."
Redmayne, who won the 2014 Academy Award for best actor for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything," teased two years ago that he tried out for a villainous character in the most recent "Star Wars" film without disclosing which one.
Some suspected he went for the role of General Hux, which was ultimately played by Domhnall Gleeson, but Redmayne finally decided to clear up the speculation while offering a window into what it’s like to audition for a "Star Wars " flick.
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"They gave me like a ‘Star Trek’ scene — or like something from ‘Pride and Prejudice,’" he told Uproxx. "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."
Redmayne managed to bounce back from the flubbed audition to land an enviable role in the similarly beloved Harry Potter universe.
He’s set to star in the rebooted "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which hits theaters on Nov. 18.