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Tom Holland Turned Down Lead Role in ‘1917’ for Chaos Walking – 1917 Went on to Win Multiple Oscars While Chaos Walking Became Box Office Disaster

Tom Holland Turned Down Lead Role in '1917' for Chaos Walking

Tom Holland joined the ranks of Hollywood A-Listers very early in his career, thanks to his consistent run as the most successful version of Spider-Man. Ever since he joined the MCU, the number of movies he starred in just kept on rising. But unfortunately for him, he had to pass on a major leading role that would have given him recognition at the Oscars. He was offered to be in 2019’s critically acclaimed box office (and awards) success, 1917. But instead of that, he had to fulfill his commitments to the disastrous project that was Chaos Walking.

Tom Holland’s Chance at 1917

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1917

Director Sam Mendes brought us an epic one-take War Drama in late 2019 which had a major run at the Academy Awards in 2020. It featured a great cast of actors including some big names like Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Strong. But the ones who took the lead were young actors George MacKay as Lance Corporal Schofield and Dean-Charles Chapman as Lance Corporal Tom Blake. But originally, MCU’s Spider-Man actor was offered the role of Lance Corporal Tom Blake instead of Chapman (as per ThatHashtagShow).

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Tom Holland almost appeared in 1917

Holland couldn’t cash in on this career-boosting opportunity as he had to be a part of Chaos Walking’s reshoots which took place during the same time when 1917 was filming. The production of this Doug Liman movie proved to be exactly as its title suggests. It was a total “chaos walking” for the cast and crew involved because it took years to make due to constant reshoots and story alterations. And when this forsaken sci-fi movie was finally released in 2021, literally nobody went to watch it. Chaos Walking proved to be a critical and commercial disaster as it only made $27 million worldwide and killed so many careers.

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Tom Holland Was Saved, Thanks to Spidey

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Tom Holland Spider-Man

While Tom Holland couldn’t dodge the bullet with Chaos Walking, he was still lucky to be in MCU’s Spider-Man movies. On the back of the Web-Slinger, he turned into an accomplished actor at a very young age. Up until 2022’s Uncharted, he was starring in 3-4 movies per year. Things would have turned out to be really great for him if he could have worked on 1917 instead of being a part of those chaotic reshoots. He would have gotten major recognition at the Oscars and 1917 would have been another success story for him outside of the Spider-Man franchise. It’s needless to say that even more options would have opened up for him.

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But still, Holland has plenty of options already. He has starred in several other dramas and comedies apart from his regular action movie stints. And he recently signed another Spider-Man contract for future MCU appearances. So, his career is already headed toward Everest as his future Marvel appearances would also bring him other diversified roles. He’d only have to be careful with choosing his projects from here on as he wouldn’t want another 1917-Chaos Walking situation and lose another shot at the Oscars.

Tom Holland’s next project is an Apple TV+ series called The Crowded Room which will begin streaming in 2023.

Source: ThatHashtagShow

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Written by Vansh Mehra

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