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Glen Powell “Blew” His Audition For A Major Movie Franchise

“It’s haunting when you blow those moments.”

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 10: Glen Powell attends the 80th Annual Golden Globe Awards at T...
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Glen Powell’s CV almost looked completely different. In a new interview with GQ, the Twisters star reflected on some of his dud auditions, revealing that he missed out on a major role in the Star Wars prequel, Solo: A Star Wars Story.

“I can joke about it now,” the actor said of his try-out for the film’s leading role. “But I blew that final audition.” Alden Ehrenreich was ultimately cast in 2018’s Solo, which follows the origin story of Han Solo and Chewbacca, and also starred Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, among others.

And that wasn’t the only audition he flopped. He also wasn’t cast in Marvel’s Captain America or 2011’s Cowboys & Aliens. “It’s haunting when you blow those moments,” he told the magazine, adding that despite the setbacks, he remained optimistic.

“That’s one of the parts of [the Hollywood myth] that’s not true. That was always somebody else’s ride to go on,” he said. “It was never yours to go on. If you put your time in, you’ll get your ride.”

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Powell Said No To Another Franchise

While the actor has lost out on some major parts, he also turned one down. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he said he decided against joining the new Jurassic World sequel after reading the film’s script.

“It’s one of the things I’ve wanted to do my whole life,” he said of the franchise. “I’m not doing that movie because I read the script and I immediately was like, my presence in this movie doesn’t help it.”

As for future big screen roles, Powell told GQ that he’s not very keen on playing a superhero, but should the opportunity arise, he’d “have a wild take” on Batman. “It definitely would not be like a Matt Reeves tone — it’d probably be closer to [Michael] Keaton,” he said.