'Star Wars' Super-Fan Christian Bale Wants to go to 'A Galaxy Far Far Away...'

Christian Bale
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Christian Bale has confirmed that he was previously in talks for a role in "Solo: A Star Wars Story," and despite not coming to terms he hopes to be in a future "Star Wars" film. Bale was rumored to be in talks for the Solo role that ultimately went to Woody Harrelson.

"Yes, [it was] very tempting," Bale said on 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."

In addition to the Solo potential casting, Bale was reportedly on George Lucas' shortlist to play Anakin Skywalker before the role ultimately went to Hayden Christiansen.

Bale's daughter interest in the Star Wars movies has re-ignited Bale's interest in the franchise.

"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," the actor said. "[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.'"

Lucasfilm has up to five films in various stages of development that could use an actor with Bale's skills - "Star Wars: Episode IX" with J.J. Abrams, Rian Johnson's standalone Star Wars trilogy, and at least one other (if not more) standalone solo movies.

Originally published on Newsarama.

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Chris Arrant
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Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Space.com sister site Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News and CBR. He is the author of the book "Modern Masters: Cliff Chiang," co-authored "Art of Spider-Man Classic," and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology "Pros and (Comic) Cons." He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)