Rumors that Christian Bale had been up for a role in the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story were finally confirmed by Bale himself. On a recent episode of the Happy Sad Confused podcast, host Josh Horowitz asked the actor about that speculation, and whether the idea of working on such a project was tempting.
"Yes, very tempting," Bale said. "I not only love the films, going back to my childhood, but also have a very long relationship with Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall [at Lucasfilm], because they did Empire of the Sun, from many years back. There was discussion. I hope there’ll be future discussions.”
The film — in theaters on May 25 — is directed by Ron Howard and features Alden Ehrenreich as young Han Solo, along with co-stars Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover. As would be expected with a franchise like Star Wars, Bale didn’t go into great detail about what he was being considered for, though fans have speculated that it could have been for the mentor role being played by Woody Harrelson.
As The Hollywood Reporter writer Borys Kit posted on Twitter last year:
Bale also spoke openly with Horowitz about past projects, and even revealed that his inspiration for playing Batman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy can be traced back to Val Kilmer. Or at least, Val Kilmer’s batsuit.
“Not only was I having to get into a batsuit," Bale explained, "I was having to get into a batsuit that didn’t fit me — it was Val Kilmer’s batsuit. And I put it on and I thought, 'I feel like a real prat. Why would any man think it was a good idea to run around dressed as a bat? [Batman] must be crazy.' And that was when I said, 'You know what? I’m just gonna go for it that way ... He’s a monster. Become the monster. There’s a Jekyll and Hyde element here. Just embrace it. If they don’t like it, it’s fine.'”