X-MEN Star Michael Fassbender Reveals Whether Rumors He Auditioned To Play STAR WARS' Kylo Ren Are True

X-MEN Star Michael Fassbender Reveals Whether Rumors He Auditioned To Play STAR WARS' Kylo Ren Are True X-MEN Star Michael Fassbender Reveals Whether Rumors He Auditioned To Play STAR WARS' Kylo Ren Are True

This one must have passed us by, but X-Men and Prometheus star Michael Fassbender was recently asked about rumours he was eyed for the role of Kylo Ren and his answer...well, it's undeniably surprising!

By JoshWilding - Dec 02, 2023 07:12 AM EST
Filed Under: Star Wars
Source: SFFGazette.com

Lucasfilm enlisted a lot of very talented actors for the Star Wars sequels and how effectively the studio utilised them is obviously up for debate. 

Now, Michael Fassbender has revealed he had conversations with Lucasfilm about the latest trilogy, but which role was he eyed to play? Josh Horowitz pointed to a longstanding rumour that the actor had been in talks to portray Kylo Ren, a character that eventually went Adam Driver's way. 

"Who is Kylo Ren?" Fassbender responded, either playing deliberately coy or in the dark about who the villain is. When the host suggested he'd been in the running to star as Driver's character, the actor said, "Honestly, I can never remember the names. No, no, no, it wasn’t. No."

Rather than sharing any further details, Fassbender instead jokingly "revealed" the character he was nearly cast as in a Galaxy Far, Far Away. "It was Yoda’s grandfather; he never made it into the actual movie." 

If not Kylo Ren, we'd bet on it being Poe Dameron, the Resistance pilot eventually brought to life on screen by Oscar Isaac. 

Despite missing out on Star Wars, the X-Men actor has experience with sci-fi after a stint in Ridley Scott's Alien prequels, Prometheus and Alien: Covenant. Now, with new movies and TV shows on the way from Disney, Fassbender says he's in the dark about any sort of possible return as David. 

"I have no idea; I didn’t even know after ‘Prometheus’ whether we would be going on another journey," he admits. "What I thought was brilliant about launching the Alien franchise in a totally different and bringing A.I. into it, I thought it was fantastic."

"And this idea of creation, where we were created from, and this A.I. has now become obsessed with the idea of creation and God; I thought it was super interesting. I thought it was such an inspiring tangent that [Ridley] took there."

There's always a chance Fassbender will get another chance in Star Wars, particularly with new movies on the way from James Mangold, Dave Filoni, and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. 

Hilariously, in the same interview, the Irish actor revealed he has another unexpected connection to Star Wars because he's frequently mistaken for Obi-Wan Kenobi actor, Ewan McGregor. "I've signed pictures of him," Fassbender admits with a laugh. 

Hear more from him about Star Wars in the video below (via SFFGazette.com).

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Gabimaru - 12/2/2023, 7:10 AM
That first Kylo Ren look was so fire! it's a shame rian dump on that amazing mask and hoodie
dragon316 - 12/2/2023, 7:27 AM
@Gabimaru - that was good menacing for him people say they couldn’t understand bane in dark knight rises I can understand what bane was saying but Kyle ren I couldn’t make out what he was saying half time great voice effect for him but needed clarification at times
BLEECH - 12/2/2023, 7:29 AM
@Gabimaru -

Still give me chills when he done this 😳😳😳😳
Gabimaru - 12/2/2023, 8:12 AM
@dragon316 - They could've fix that in Episode 8. in fact so many things they could've fix in the sequel.
Gabimaru - 12/2/2023, 8:24 AM
@BLEECH - it was a good reveal. but i am a sucker for a mysterious mask man badass in pop culture. like Darth Vader, Masterchief, Reaper of overwatch and all of the souls game. when i first saw him in teaser trailer i thought he will become the next darth vader for me. sucks that it didn't happen.
lazlodaytona - 12/2/2023, 9:25 AM
@BLEECH - Michael would have been 200-times better
JohnPain - 12/2/2023, 7:55 AM

It was HUX he auditioned for.

Another Irishman got the role.

Repian - 12/2/2023, 8:00 AM
He was General Hux.
FireandBlood - 12/2/2023, 8:12 AM
Kylo Ren, the only truly great character to come from the sequel trilogy. And they even rushed his redemption arc in the end.
AquaClunge - 12/2/2023, 8:51 AM
@FireandBlood - really? I hated him 😅 he screamed entitled middle class american brat to me (no offence to the Americans here), defo the school shooter type 😭😮‍💨
Taonrey - 12/2/2023, 8:57 AM
@FireandBlood - I wouldn’t say he was great, the actor was but not the character. He’s definitely a step above everyone else though
JohnPain - 12/2/2023, 9:00 AM
@AquaClunge -

That was the point: Disgruntled child of famous parents and grandparents.

lazlodaytona - 12/2/2023, 9:29 AM
@Taonrey - so, u haven't made a decision? Your comment is bi-polar a ton. Would say Michael was great but not the character .... I'm not attacking u but am confused on your stance.
FireandBlood - 12/2/2023, 9:33 AM
@AquaClunge - That’s literally what he was tho, right? He killed then kids at the temple 😅
bkmeijer1 - 12/2/2023, 10:06 AM
@AquaClunge - I never really could describe what it is that bothered me about Kylo, but you really put it into words well
Taonrey - 12/2/2023, 10:15 AM
@lazlodaytona - I thought it was clear but I guess I could have just said Adam acting was good but the character is shit. Kylo was better than everyone else in the trilogy but still poorly written. Which is why I said he wasn't great.

A actor can give a performance that's better than the material he was given. Ray Stevenson acting in Ahsoka was great but the character of Baylan skoll is just a guy who talks in riddles and does absolutely nothing else. Baylan is better than everyone else in Ahsoka but still not a good character.
AquaClunge - 12/2/2023, 10:15 AM
@JohnPain - I know, I know it's just such crappy motivation to turn to the dark side for me.
AquaClunge - 12/2/2023, 10:16 AM
@FireandBlood - yep, man I was rolling my eyes all through that trilogy. No struggle having, silver spoon mf 😮‍💨
AquaClunge - 12/2/2023, 10:17 AM
@bkmeijer1 - ha ha ha, yeah he bugged the hell out of me.
lazlodaytona - 12/2/2023, 11:06 AM
@Taonrey - Oh ok. Thanks for explaining to me. I hope I didn't offend you with my epically bad ignorance.
bkmeijer1 - 12/2/2023, 11:41 AM
@Taonrey - I already said the same thing to AquaClunge above regarding Kylo, and I'll say the same reharding Baylan to you too: you really explained well what bothered me about the character before I could describe it myself
Taonrey - 12/2/2023, 1:30 PM
@lazlodaytona - oh no you’re good, not offended at all. I could’ve been a little more clear.
Taonrey - 12/2/2023, 1:36 PM
@bkmeijer1 - it’s crazy how many people have been saying Baylan is the best character since the OT. Like is Star Wars in such a bad shape that Baylan is considered a top tier character. Like all you gotta do is say vague shit and look cool. Well at least the fanbase is consistent. Boba a icon and he didn’t even say or do anything in the OT
Blergh - 12/2/2023, 8:22 AM
Kylo Ren was interesting until he took his mask off and revealed his motivation.

AquaClunge - 12/2/2023, 8:52 AM
@Blergh - 😅🤣🤣🤣🤣😭
GhostDog - 12/2/2023, 8:32 AM
Probably too old. Driver did fine work, even after they butchered his potential.
thewanderer - 12/2/2023, 9:04 AM
There’s a pilot in Rogue One that always reminds me of Fassbender. He was Blue Leader.

lazlodaytona - 12/2/2023, 9:34 AM
Fassbender would have been great. His turn in the x-men franchise and indie films like "FRANK" simply shows his flexibility and amazing skills at acting.

(btw, if you've never watched FRANK and like independent flicks .... see it whichever way u can. Just epic).
thewanderer - 12/2/2023, 9:44 AM
@lazlodaytona - that’s the one where he where’s the big mask right?
lazlodaytona - 12/2/2023, 10:39 AM
@thewanderer - Yup. and kinda like V for Vendetta, to be acting top notch with your face covered and still be able to convey emotions is nothing short of amazing.
DocSpock - 12/2/2023, 1:48 PM

He would have been outstanding in this role.

But I'm glad he didn't suffer the indignity of being in that absolutely sh!tty last Star Wars trilogy.

The actor they used for Kylo was terrible and is COMPLETELY overrated as an actor.

PartyKiller - 12/3/2023, 2:48 AM
He was going to play Pun Tango.

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