Last year we reported on a few rumors that Christian Bale was being considered for a role in “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Specifically, he was up for a mentor-like part that ultimately went to Woody Harrelson. However, it was never clear though if that rumor was just online speculation or had some serious weight to it. Now, Bale himself cleared up the rumor and confirmed it was true!

He recently went on the Happy Sad Confused podcast and confirmed that the Star Wars rumor was true. In fact, the actor, who has avoided blockbusters in recent years, said that 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 does not elaborate on why that casting did not work out. Technically he could have had time since he didn’t start shooting Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney biopic till the end of the summer.

Bale actually went on to say how huge of a fan him and his kids are of Star Wars, but still admits he wants to stay away from blockbusters after the Dark Knight Trilogy

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.”

Solo: A Star Wars Story features Hail, Caesar‘s Alden Ehrenreich as Han, with Atlanta‘s Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and The Force Awakens‘ Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Woody Harrelson is playing Han’s mentor, a man by the name of Beckett, while Game of Thrones‘ Emilia Clarke, Westworld‘s Thandie Newton, and Fleabag‘s Phoebe Waller-Bridge also star

Solo: A Star Wars Story is coming to theaters on May 25, 2018.

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