Even though it’s been only a few weeks since Star Wars: The Last Jedi stormed into theaters, we’ll be seeing another Star Wars film in only four short months. As we get closer to the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, one major actor has revealed he could’ve ended up as one of the film’s stars.
Exactly one year ago this week, rumors began to swirl that actor Christian Bale was originally involved with the new Star Wars film.
Now, Bale has confirmed that news in an appearance on a popular podcast, saying the idea was “very tempting” for him.
Not only is Bale a self-professed fan of the Star Wars franchise, he has a personal relationship with producers Frank Marshall and Kathleen Kennedy.
A 12-year-old Bale starred in 1987’s Empire of the Sun, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Kennedy and Marshall.
Although Bale says his potential Solo role never went past discussions, he is hopeful that he’ll be asked to join the franchise again sometime in the future.
There’s no word on who Bale might’ve played in the new film, though the obvious speculation is on the mentor character played by Woody Harrelson.
Alden Ehrenreich will play Han Solo in the new spin-off, set years before Harrison Ford’s version, originally introduced in 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.
Solo’s constant sidekick, Chewbacca, will also appear in the film, along with Lando Calrissian, played by actor Donald Glover.
Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Paul Bettany all co-star in Solo, the second standalone spin-off after 2016’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were originally slated to direct the film and completed much of the principal photography before they fired by the studio. Legendary director Ron Howard then stepped in to complete the film, which will arrive in theaters on May 25, 2018.