10 Huge Movie & TV Roles Dylan O’Brien Surprisingly Failed to Land
August 31, 2018
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was born to be an actor. In addition to being the son of an acting teacher and camera operator, his ultimate goal in life was once to attend film school, which, of course, had to be put on hold when he came across the role of Stiles Stilinski on Dylan O’Brien . If that isn’t fate, we don’t know what is! Teen Wolf
Between MTV success and YA-movie fame (HELLOOOOO, Thomas from
The Maze Runner), you may think Dylan’s career is too good to be true. Believe it or not, the 26-year-old actor’s career actually isn’t a complete fairy tale. From missing out on a massive movie reboot to almost bringing a fellow teen heartthrob to life, some seriously life-changing —- and maybe even somewhat odd — roles have managed to slip through his fingers. Here are 10 of ’em:
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We all love Dylan as Stiles on
Teen Wolf, but could you picture him playing Tyler Posey's character, Scott, instead? Eh... maybe?
Well, it almost happened! Or, at least, that's the casting Dylan originally went in for.
However, he spilled to
Seventeen that he "couldn't help but keep wanting to read the Stiles parts [in the script]. I was just like, 'This guy is freaking awesome.' And I knew myself, and how I come off, and I'm way more like Stiles than I am Scott. And I love this freaking character. So I did that."
A bold move on his part, but it obviously paid off!
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Fans freaked the eff out when they heard that Marvel was doing yet another
Spider-Man reboot — and that Dylan was the frontrunner for the web-slinging superhero!
However, despite all of the Internet panic, the
Maze Runner star broke our hearts when saying, "Professionally, I haven't heard anything about it. I've only heard from, like, [rumors] online... It makes me feel bad because I'm, like, disappointing a big chunk of fans across the nation. You can tell them that it's not true."
You're right, Dylan; we were super disappointed! But, to be fair, so was he: "I've always wanted to play Peter Parker, obviously. I feel like any actor my age, that's, like, a big thing."
Aww, poor Dyl! To be fair, though,
Tom Holland did an AH-mazing job, and Dylan's still killing the movie game, so it all worked out.
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Wizards of Waverly Place
Well, this is certainly a surprise. In a profile on Dylan,
Vulture made a casual mention that, early on in his career, he auditioned for projects like Wizards of Waverly Place. So far, the part is unknown, but people have speculated that it's David Henrie's character, Justin, who played Selena Gomez's on-screen brother... which could've been quite interesting for Dylan, since he openly admitted to having a crush on the brunette beauty.
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Yes, there was a point when
One Direction fan-fiction being made into a film was a thing. But because getting Hazza to play himself on screen was probs gonna be tough, people had to start thinking of the perfect young star to play the singer.
Cue Dylan, who was considered — through fan speculation, of course — for the role of Harry Styles! Weird, right? Well, Dylan thought so too!
"A horrible English accent, probably similar-yet-worse looks, and I couldn't sing, and I'm probably less cool, too," is how he described himself playing Harry to People's Choice.
As much as we love Dylan, we have to admit... we kind of agree on this one.
Coincidentally, another person in talks for the part is
Daniel Sharman, who co-starred opposite Dylan on Teen Wolf!
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Star Wars' Han Solo Spin-Off
Actors from all areas of the industry lined up to get their spots in
Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while Dylan might not have been in the running for that one, tons of fans supported his potential casting in a Star Wars spin-off film, capturing a younger version of Han Solo (originated by Harrison Ford).
However, at San Diego Comic-Con, Dylan confirmed to fans that everything was speculation.
"It's so cool because that'll be the dream," he said at the time. "I texted [director]
Wes [Ball] about it when I read about that movie and I was like, 'Dude, you have to direct this either way,' because Wes is the biggest Star Wars guy ever... but then again it also just gets my hopes up, and then I won't hear about the roles professionally."
Needless to say, it didn't work out.
Alden Ehrenreich snagged the part.
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New Line Cinema
In the same Vulture profile, the writer also made casual mention that Dylan tried out for the star-studded 2009 rom-com
Valentine's Day. Again, though, no part was mentioned; most likely, it was either Emma Roberts' love interest, portrayed by Carter Jenkins, or Taylor Swift's love interest, portrayed by Taylor Lautner.
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Unknown Guest Star,
Dylan broke our hearts yet again when he told
Parade that he's never seen Twilight or The Vampire Diaries, especially since those are two show that are usually linked to his supernatural hit, Teen Wolf.
But he did share that he was a "
True Blood fan for the first two seasons" and was actually thinking about guest starring at one point! Too bad he never got his spot on the show. We would've loved to see that (and we're pretty sure he would have loved it too)!
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The Lost Boys remake
The Maze Runner has often been compared to the '80s film The Lost Boys, it really comes as no surprise to hear that Dylan is a fan-favorite for the role of Edgar Frog if a remake happens. That being said, there has been no exact word on whether or not another movie will actually happen. We guess we'll just have to see if this fan-favorite will ever pan out!
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Top Gun: Maverick
Back in June,
news broke that Dylan was being considered to play the role of Goose's son ( Tom Cruise's on-screen BFF's offspring) in the upcoming sequel to . Also being considered were Top Gun Austin Butler, Nicholas Hoult, Glen Powell and Miles Teller. The competition was definitely stiff, but in the end the role went to the Divergent alum. Sorry, Dyl!
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Back in 2015, Dylan was up against Nicholas Hoult for another film. This time around it was for the leading role in the new
remake. Also in the running was Robin Hood Jack Huston, Jack Reynor and Taron Egerton, who was the actor who walked away victorious.