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Christian Bale Nearly Had A Role In Solo: A Star Wars Story

Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in The Dark Knight Rises

Christian Bale has taken on a variety of roles during his acting career, from Patrick Bateman in American Psycho to Dick Cheney in the upcoming Backseat. Within the realm of genre work, he's left his mark in two notable ways: playing Bruce Wayne/Batman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and playing John Connor in Terminator Salvation. But Bale had the opportunity to contribute to a third major franchise, as the actor recently confirmed that he was approached for a role in Solo: A Star Wars Story. When asked if it was tempting to join the Star Wars spinoff, Bale responded:

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 from many years back. There was discussion, I hope there will be future discussions.

During his visit to MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast (opens in new tab), where he also mentioned that he hasn't seen any of Ben Affleck's Batman movies, Christian Bale acknowledged that he could have participated in Solo: A Star Wars Story, though for whatever reason, it didn't work out. However, that doesn't mean that he's not willing to still appear in another Star Wars movie, so perhaps Rian Johnson could find a way to fit Bale into his upcoming trilogy. Bale also didn't say which character he was up for in Solo: A Star Wars Story, but I suspect it was Beckett, Han Solo's criminal mentor who is being played by Woody Harrelson. Bale is a little over a decade younger than Harrelson, but I could still picture him showing Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo the ropes.

With only five months to go until its release, we still haven't seen any official Solo: A Star Wars Story images or previews, let alone learned any specific plot details. What is clear is that the movie will explore Han's early life navigating the galaxy far, far away's criminal underworld, years before he met Luke Skywalker, Leia Organa and Obi-Wan Kenobi in A New Hope. Along the way, he'll cross paths with familiar faces like Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, as well as newcomers like Beckett and Emilia Clarke's Kira. Solo: A Star Wars Story was originally directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, but the duo exited approximately three-fourths of the way through principal photography, and Ron Howard was brought in to complete the rest of shooting.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25. As for Christian Bale, he can be heard later this year as Bagheera in Mowgli, which will be released on October 19, 2018. Backseat is also expected to drop this year, though an official release date hasn't been announced yet. Don't forget to browse through our 2018 premiere guide to find out when the rest of the year's theatrical offerings will arrive.

Adam Holmes
Senior Content Producer

Connoisseur of Marvel, DC, Star Wars, John Wick, MonsterVerse and Doctor Who lore. He's aware he looks like Harry Potter and Clark Kent.