AceShowbiz - Christian Bale reveals he was close to playing Han Solo's mentor in "Solo: A Star Wars Story". Speaking to the "Happy Sad Confused" podcast, the 43-year-old English actor confirmed he was in talks for the role which ultimately went to Woody Harrelson, saying that it was "tempting." But Bale didn't reveal the specific reason why he decided to pass on it.
"Yes, [it was] very tempting," he 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 because they did 'Empire of the Sun' many years back." He confirmed, "There was discussion," adding, "I hope there will be future discussions."
The Batman of Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight" trilogy also talked about being a fan of the galaxy far, far away, before revealing that he didn't have much interest in doing another superhero movie.
"I have not [seen Ben Affleck's Batman]," Bale revealed. "Yes I'm interested [in seeing it], my son seemed like he was really interested," he continued, "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," "The Big Short" actor admitted. "People seem surprised at that, I don't know why." He went on revealing, "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."
"Solo" is scheduled to be released in theaters across the nation on May 25. Directed by Ron Howard from a script written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, the film focuses on how young Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich, became the smuggler, thief and scoundrel whom Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi first encountered in the cantina at Mos Eisley in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope".
Joonas Suotamo is back as Chewbacca, while Donald Glover takes on the role of Han's friend Lando Calrissian. Emilia Clarke is cast as a new character named Kira. Other cast members include Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany, Warwick Davis, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Ian Kenny.