Entertainment Weekly's Popfest
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With his movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, mere days away from premiering, we are in love with all things Eddie Redmayne. The Academy Award winner steals our hearts time and time again by portraying complicated and fascinating characters.

So it’s crazy to think of our beloved hero, Eddie Redmayne, as the Star Wars villain Kylo Ren.

Yet it turns out the actor actually auditioned for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens role that would eventually go to Adam Driver.

While it was already revealed that Redmayne had auditioned for the new Star Wars movie during a podcast, he didn’t actually specify which role. He simply said he’s lost parts to Domhnall Gleeson of the Harry Potter films before.

That tidbit of information was enough for people to speculate that Redmayne ~probably~ auditioned for General Hux.

But, The Force Awakens director’s commentary brought to light the fact that he had actually auditioned for the (even more evil) role of Kylo Ren.

During an interview with Uproxx, Redmayne clarified that the audition didn’t exactly go great for him.

Despite his outspoken love for the Star Wars world, he wasn’t able to muster up enough pure evil to channel Kylo Ren (even though, to be fair, he was reading something completely unrelated).

It sounds like he has a great perspective on the audition, even if it didn’t get him the iconic role. At least he joined into the Harry Potter universe through his exciting upcoming Fantastic Beasts film that (finally!) premieres November 18.