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27th Oct 2023

Josh Peck reveals he came ‘close’ to playing Edward in Twilight

Anna Martin

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Josh Peck nearly playing Edward Cullen definitely wasn’t on our 2023 bingo cards.

Yet in the grand scheme of odd things that this year has thrown our way, it’s not the strangest – definitely top ten but not taking the number one spot.

The former ‘Drake & Josh’ star revealed that he was ‘close’ to nabbing the role when Taylor Lautner appeared on his ‘Good Guys’ podcast.

“I remember it’s like 2006? [2007]? They’re like, ‘Audition for this movie, ‘Twilight’, it’s based on a book and it’s going to be great,'” he tells his host.

“So I send in my tape, for Edward. A month later I’m with my manager and he goes, ‘It’s down to you and three guys, you’re close.'”

The best part of this whole story? Josh couldn’t seem to believe he was one of the finalists for the role.

“I’m like, ‘Really?’ I hadn’t even had a tummy tuck yet,” he joked. “I’m like, ‘There’s no way. He’s got to be so shirtless, it’s not going to happen.’

“Spoiler alert – didn’t get it …. but I remember then seeing R-Patz playing this part I’m like, ‘In what f***ing world were they like, ‘Okay, here’s what we’re thinking: Chris Hemsworth or Stanely Tucci?’ Like, what the f**k? Impossible. Impossible! So, we almost worked together.”

Josh is just the latest celeb to reveal he nearly earned a role in the franchise as Jennifer Lawrence revealed she auditioned to play Bella Swan.

Speaking on the ‘The Rewatchables’ podcast she added that she was quickly rejected.

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“I auditioned for Twilight. They turned me down immediately, I didn’t even get a callback,” the mum of one explained.

If she had landed the role, Jennifer said her “life would’ve been totally different.” Her life did change about a year later when she landed the part of Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games franchise.

Even Jamie Lynn Spears made a bid for the part of Bella, making the revelation in a 2020 interview with ‘Nylon.’