Bale Confirms He Was Up For “Solo”

Last year came rumors that Christian Bale was up for a role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” specifically a mentor-like part that ultimately went to Woody Harrelson. It was never clear though if that rumor was just online speculation or had some serious weight to it.

Turns out, according to Bale himself on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the rumor was true. In fact the actor, who has avoided blockbusters in recent years, says he came close to taking the job:

“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.”

Bale goes on to add that he’s a ‘huge fan’ of “Star Wars” as well as his kids, but otherwise isn’t much for blockbusters or superhero films and admits in the same interview:

“I have not [seen Ben Affleck’s Batman]. Yes I’m interested [in seeing it], my son seemed like he was really interested, but then I realized he just wanted to see the trailer and that was it – I tend to go see films that [my kids] want to see. I have to confess I’m not a huge superhero film fan. People seem surprised at that, I don’t know why. I’ve not seen any of the Avengers films or any of those films at all. I hear they’re very good, but I’m quite happy just hearing they’re very good.”

Bale’s latest film, “Hostiles,” is now playing in limited release.