Actor Michael B. Jordan shares details of how he botched his Star Wars audition. “I think it was probably my worst hearing yet.”
Actor Michael B. Jordan reveals his worst hearing involved testing for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The film, which served as the first chapter of the Star wars sequel to the critically acclaimed trilogy, launched in 2015. Viewers and critics alike praised the film for its dynamic new cast of characters and heartfelt, uplifting storylines. A certifiable hit to hit, the installment grossed an estimated $ 2.1 billion worldwide, making it the highest-grossing film of 2015. Over the following years, two more Star wars films in 2017 and 2019 rounded out the franchise.
During production for Awakening of the force, a number of famous powers, including Jordan, were considered for the iconic roles ultimately played by Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, and Adam Driver. Michael Fassbender, Hugo Weaving, and Christoph Waltz were initially considered for the role of Kylo Ren during his initial character designs as an older villainous character. Notably, Eddie Redmayne also auditioned for the role, but, like Jordan, revealed that he “breathâIt. As with any high profile franchise, many well-known actors tossed their hats in the ring for the chance to join such an important and important project.
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Talking to Variety, Jordan shared that he felt he had botched his Star wars hearing. He explained in detail why he thought it had gone wrong. Read what Jordan said about what he thinks was his worst hearing below:
I think it was probably my worst audition yet … I think I couldn’t focus on certain sides because you know when you read for those high profile projects there is never really any specificity in the sides. Everything is like super wave; everything is in secret. Reading I just couldn’t connect it. I certainly bombed that one for sure.
Although Jordan did not join the intergalactic fight against the First Order, he starred in many other great films during this time, including the beloved Marvel film, Black Panther. In the 2018 juggernaut, Jordan played fan-favorite villain, Erik Killmonger. Fans applauded his complex and nuanced portrayal of an antagonist seeking both revenge and revenge for racial oppression. Upon its release, the MCU movie became the highest-grossing solo superhero film of all time. He has significantly reshaped the Marvel landscape, with other projects referencing his thoughtful and carefully crafted narrative as inspiration for their own story arcs.
While it certainly would have been thrilling to witness Jordan’s take on a Star wars character, he has undoubtedly succeeded in his other film roles. Ultimately, film productions undergo multiple changes during their long periods of writing and filming. Not only do characters evolve, but so do decisions about who, exactly, should play those same characters. If Jordan had joined Star Wars: The Force Awakens, maybe he would have been unavailable for Black Panther. That alone would likely make viewers and critics alike relieved that his audition for space opera didn’t go as planned.
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