With the next Star Wars spin-off film fast approaching, more and more news has been coming out about Solo: A Star Wars Story. The fandom was stirred up by a recent tweet from THR’s Borys Kit that revealed Lucasfilm was in talks with the Dark Knight himself, Christian Bale for a role in the young Han Solo film. Had Bale signed on he would have played Han’s mentor of sorts, a role that would later go to Woody Harrelson. According to Kit, Lucasfilm was looking for a big name to fill the role which makes some sense considering that the film’s lead, Alden Ehrenreich, isn’t exactly a household name at this point in his career. Despite the fact that being a Star Wars movie alone is likely enough to guarantee a solid theatrical run at the box office, landing an actor like Bale or Harrelson undoubtedly lends the project more credibility in the eyes of casual fans and moviegoers.
True that Disney & Lucasfilm wanted someone big for HAN SOLO…before Woody Harrelson, CHRISTIAN BALE was the other big name in the mix.
— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) January 3, 2017
While Bale may have passed on this particular project, it seems there is a strong possibility that he might appear in a Star Wars film at some point and the idea of an actor of his caliber appearing is indeed tantalizing. The good news is Bale seems surprisingly enthusiastic about appearing in the franchise at some point too. The actor recently guested on Josh Horowitz’s Happy Sad Confused podcast saying,
“Yes, [it was] very tempting. I not only love the films going back to my childhood but also have a very long relationship with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall because they did Empire of the Sun many years back. There was discussion, [and] I hope there will be future discussions…I’m a huge fan. Yeah Star Wars really interests me. I’ve still got the Millennium Falcon, I’ve got the AT-AT. My daughter, her first love was Darth Vader. She absolutely adored Darth Maul. [She] stood near him at Disneyland and he growled and he’s got those teeth and he stayed in character, really wonderful performance, and she was teeny and I thought, ‘This is gonna scare the crap out of her, this is such a bad idea.’ And then she stopped and she said, ‘Daddy, I’m in love.’”
Interestingly this isn’t the first time Bale has been linked to Star Wars in his career. Prior to the release of Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith, George Lucas had to cast Anakin Skywalker as a young adult. Before Hayden Christensen wound up in the role, both Leonardo DiCaprio and Christian Bale were in the running for the part with the latter even rumored to be the front-runner after DiCaprio had passed on the role.
In spite of this being news about Bale almost taking on a role in the Star Wars universe, the fact that he’s a fan of the franchise with a long-standing relationship with Lucasfilm and Kathleen Kennedy bodes well for the future. After all, Rian Johnson is developing a whole new trilogy which might be a perfect opportunity for Bale to finally find himself in a galaxy far, far away.
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