Outside of the MCU, Star Wars is the most recognizable brand in the world. From movies to toys, they are everywhere and being a part of the franchise is sure to make one a superstar. But in 2015 Michael B. Jordan was already on his way to being a superstar, so he tried his hand at a Star Wars audition and then bombed it.
Michael B. Jordan in 2021 is a superstar, with Creed, Black Panther and recently Without Remorse, the actor has put on all the hats Hollywood has to offer. From a emotional underdog hero, to an altruistic to a fault villain, the actor has shown his talent on camera. That is why it is surprising to hear the actor say he bungled an audition for one of the biggest franchises in the world.
Released in 2015, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the continuation of the original Skywalker Saga that began in 1977. Filled with new actors, characters, worlds, and mysteries, the first film in the trilogy was a massive success both critically and commercially. But the way the trilogy looks now, would have been different, had it not been for Michael B. Jordan fumbling the audition, 6 years ago.
Michael B. Jordan says He Auditioned for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Then Bombed It
Franchise movies are not the same as most Hollywood productions, actors are not given complete scripts, there are vague outlines only and everything is a big secret. While this is done to protect against actor’s mistakenly leaking important details about the film, the secrecy also hinders and actor’s ability to properly prepare for the role they are supposed to play.
That is what happened to Michael B. Jordan, the actor wanted to be a part of the Star Wars franchise. The Force Awakens presented the perfect opportunity for him but when he got the material to prepare for the audition, it was all vague and detached stuff. The actor said he did feel a connection to the written words because there was nothing to latch on to.
Michael proceeded anyway and bombed the audition, he said, as soon as he left the room, he knew the part was going to someone else. While every actor has bombed a few auditions, everything is a learning experience and maybe the experience of moving through all the secrecy made the actor more awake of how to navigate these waters. Those experiences probably came in handy when he got the role of Killmonger in Black Panther.
The actor explained during a podcast interview with Variety, “I think that was probably my worst audition to date. I think it was I couldn’t wrap my brain around some of the sides because you know when you’re reading for these high-level projects, there’s never really any specificity in the sides. Everything’s like super vague; everything is in secret. Reading through, I just couldn’t connect it. I definitely bombed that one for sure.”
After the success of his recent film, Without Remorse, Michael B. Jordan has another franchise in his hands. With sequel potential abound, the actor will be busy for the foreseeable future. He is also set to direct and star in the third Creed movie but a return to Black Panther as Killmonger appears unlikely. The actor explained that he did not know what was happening behind the scenes, but there is a 2 out of 10 chance for him to make a return.
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