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.