Josh Peck's Near Role as Edward in 'Twilight' Revealed

Unearthed stories from iconic 'Twilight' casting sessions revealed

by Zain ul Abedin
Josh Peck's Near Role as Edward in 'Twilight' Revealed
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In a revelation that has sent ripples across the fan community and sparked fervent discussions, Josh Peck, widely recognized for his iconic role as ‘Josh’ in Nickelodeon’s beloved series ‘Drake & Josh’, has unveiled a staggering near-miss in his acting career.

During a recent episode of his acclaimed podcast ‘Good Guys’, with guest star Taylor Lautner in attendance, Peck shared an intimate look back to 2006, disclosing his brush with destiny as he auditioned for the role of Edward Cullen in the ‘Twilight’ film saga.

This role ultimately catapulted Robert Pattinson to global stardom. The Hollywood Reporter was quick to pick up on this tantalizing tidbit, emphasizing the weight and surprise of Peck’s revelation. As Peck narrated his story, he recollected the anticipation and disbelief that coloured those days, “I sent 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 admission of his proximity to the role showcased a vulnerable side of Peck, as he expressed his disbelief at the time, humorously adding, “I was like that can't happen.

There's no way. He's got to be shirtless, it won't happen”.

Twilight's Hidden Audition Stories

To add to the intrigue, even Taylor Lautner, a ‘Twilight’ veteran himself, was taken aback by this disclosure, revealing the well-kept secrecy around these audition tales.

Lautner, who played the iconic werewolf Jacob Black in the series, was surprised to learn that Peck, who recently delivered a stellar performance in Christopher Nolan's 'Oppenheimer', had once been in the running for Edward Cullen.

Joining Peck in this unique club of ‘Twilight’ near-casts is Jennifer Lawrence, another heavyweight in the acting world. Lawrence, with her candid and open demeanour, previously shared her own story of auditioning for Bella Swan, the female lead of the saga.

Unlike Peck, however, Lawrence’s journey ended without a callback, leaving Kristen Stewart to step into Bella’s shoes. These revelations from Peck and Lawrence provide a rare and invaluable glimpse into the tumultuous and often unpredictable world of Hollywood casting, especially for roles as coveted and impactful as those in the ‘Twilight’ series.

Their stories highlight the thin line between success and the alternate paths careers could take, serving as a fascinating addition to the lore of the ‘Twilight’ casting saga and reminding us of the sheer unpredictability, chance, and luck inherent in the acting world.