Last year, following the announcement that Woody Harrelson had been cast in Disney and Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story, rumours surfaced claiming that Christian Bale had been sought for the role of Han’s mentor in the Star Wars Anthology movie.
Well, the actor has now confirmed those reports in an interview with MTV’s Happy Sad Confused podcast:
““Yes, [it was] very tempting,” said Bale. “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.”
So, while Bale didn’t reveal why he opted to pass on the role, it seems he’s certainly open to a future appearance in the galaxy far, far away, should the opportunity come around again.
Let us know in the comments below if there’s a Star Wars role you think would be a good fit for Christian Bale…
Solo: A Star Wars Story features Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes) as Beckett (Solo’s mentor), Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Thandie Newton (Westworld), Paul Bettany (Avengers: Infinity War), Ian Kenny (Sing Street), and Warwick Davis (Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi) in as-yet-unrevealed roles. It is set for release on May 25th 2018.