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Tom Holland was supposed to play Tom Blake in 1917 but luck was not in his favour - Did you know?

1917 has fast become an iconic film, but did you know Tom Holland was connected to it in the initial stage. 

Tom Holland was supposed to play Tom Blake in 1917 but luck was not in his favour - Did you know?
Tom Holland Was The First Choice For 1917

Last Updated: 04.18 PM, Jun 03, 2024


The nuances of the war drama 1917 are something that we love to explore every single time we watch the film. The drama, directed by Sam Mendes, is one of the most artistic pieces of content in a genre crowded with some of the finest movies. The way Mendes brought to life the story of two corporals facing war with the duty to be messengers is impeccable, and there is no way the movie will fade for viewers for at least the next few decades. But 1917 would not have been 1917 without the brilliant contributions of the two leading men played by Dean-Charles Chapman and George Mackay. The two actors took the world by storm with their acting chops. But what if we tell you Dean was not the first choice for the part, and it has Spider-Man written all over it? 

Tom Holland Was The First Choice?

Well, you obviously get the hint, and that is indeed a very substantial rumor that is still to be confirmed even over half a decade after its release. The film 1917, which hit the big screen in January 2020, was indeed celebrated, but fans also hailed Dean-Charles Chapman’s performance. If the reports from the past are to be believed, the makers were first casting Tom Holland for the role of Lance Corporal Tom Blake, but things didn't work out as planned, and they had to cast Dean-Charles. Read on to know everything you should about the same.


According to a That Hashtag Show report from September 2018, Tom Holland was in talks to play the role of Lance Corporal Tom Blake. The report claimed that Tom was even attached to the lead role for a very brief period. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the star had to let the role pass, and Dean-Charles Chapman came into the picture, and the rest, as we know, is history.

However, this is still not confirmed information, but as per several reports, Tom Holland was busy finishing the reshoots of Chaos Walking directed by Doug Liman, and that killed his chances of getting on board in 1917. 1917 was filmed over 20 weeks, beginning in April, around the same time Holland was busy with the reshoots of Chaos Walking.

About 1917

Directed by Sam Mendes, the official synopsis for 1917 (via Rotten Tomatoes) reads: "During World War I, two British soldiers Lance Cpl. Schofield and Lance Cpl. Blake receives seemingly impossible orders. In a race against time, they must cross over into enemy territory to deliver a message that could potentially save 1,600 of their fellow comrades including Blake's own brother."

1917 streams on Sony LIV in India and can be accessed with your OTTplay Premium subscription. Stay tuned to OTTplay for more information on this and everything else from the world of streaming and films.

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