If you’ve ever watched an Avengers or Marvel Studios Spider-Man movie, you’re probably familiar with Tom Holland.
Holland is Kevin Feige’s Spider-Man/Peter Parker and he has cemented himself as an MCU legend. The young actor has already appeared in Captain America: Civil War (2016), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2o19), and Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019).
The Marvel Cinematic Universe actor is currently shooting Spider-Man 3 in Atlanta, Georgia alongside Zendaya (MJ), Benedict Cumberbatch (Doctor Strange), Marisa Tomei (May Parker), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), and more.
Before he joined the MCU, however, it seems that Holland was almost part of another major franchise owned by The Walt Disney Company — Star Wars.
Holland shared his hilarious Star Wars audition story with Backstage:
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. 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.
In reality, of course, British actor John Boyega landed the role of ex-stormtrooper, Finn, in the Star Wars sequel trilogy — Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), and Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019). He became part of the movies’ core trio alongside Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron).
Boyega has become well-known for his involvement in last summer’s Black Lives Matter protests in London, even giving an impassioned speech at one point. He has also spoken out about his experience as a black actor in the Star Wars franchise, garnering support from many Star Wars fans who feel his character was sidelined.
Ironically, Holland’s upcoming project, Chaos Walking, also stars Boyega’s Star Wars co-star, Ridley.
Following the release of Chaos Walking, Holland will appear in Uncharted as Nathan Drake and in the Russo brothers’ Cherry before Marvel’s Spider-Man 3 is released.
For Boyega’s part, the actor most recently played Leroy Logan in Small Axe and Jack Locke in Tomorrow’s Monsters. He is set to appear in Naked Singularity, They Cloned Tyrone, The Test, Rebel Ridge, and Borderland in the near future. The actor has also expressed interest in playing iconic film character, James Bond, at some point in the future.
What do you think about the fact that Tom Holland almost appeared in Star Wars?