The Dark Knight trilogy star Christian Bale has revealed that he'd be interested in joining the Star Wars universe, and confirmed that he was in talks to play a role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
"Yes, [it was] very tempting," Bale told the Happy Sad Confused podcast. "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 from many years back. There was discussion, [and] I hope there will be future discussions."
Bale also mentioned that he's a big fan of the series, saying, "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.'"
It's not clear why Bale didn't end up working on the film or if there were talks at the time for him to play a role in a later movie. Bale also didn't mention who he might have played, though rumors earlier this month said he was in talks to take on the role of Han's mentor, a role that ultimately went to Woody Harrelson.
Based on a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson. The film is scheduled for release on May 25.
via Heroic Hollywood