Woody Harrelson isn’t the only big name who Disney has thrown around to play the part of Han Solo’s mentor in the character’s upcoming solo anthology film. At one point, Bruce Wayne himself, Christian Bale, was also considered.
It was reported yesterday that “Zombieland” and “No Country for Old Men” star Harrelson is in early talks to play the important role in the upcoming film. Although few details have been released, it was said that execs wanted the role “to go to an actor with considerable clout.”
Following the story’s release, Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit tweeted confirmation, adding that Bale was another “big name” the studios was targeting for the role.
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
The movie, which is set to begin filming in February, follows a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) at some point before the events of “Star Wars: Episode IV- A New Hope.” It will also feature “Community” and “Atlanta” star Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian and “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke in an as yet-to-be revealed role.
Kit’s tweet indicates that Bale is no longer being considered for the part, but while talks between the “Dark Knight” actor and the studio don’t appear to have worked out, at least now “Star Wars” fans can dream of what could have been.
Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the “Han Solo” Star Wars anthology film is scheduled to hit theaters on May 25, 2018.
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