The Star Wars franchise has entered a new era with December’s release of The Last Jedi and last year’s Rogue One. LucasFilm is taking the future of the Jedi in bold new directions and over the coming years things will only wilder.
LucasFilm’s second spin-off from the Star Wars universe, Solo: A Star Wars Story, is coming this summer and tells the story of a young Han Solo and his developmental adventures in a galaxy far, far away. The film’s cast features newcomer Alden Ehrenreich as young Solo, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino as Lando Calrissian, and Woody Harrelson in a brand new mentor role.
When Harrelson was cast there were whispers that Academy Award winner Christian Bale was being pursued for a role as well, which quickly passed. However in a recent interview on the Happy Sad Confused Podcast, Bale confirmed that he was indeed up for Harrelson’s role in the production which then had Phil Lord and Chris Miller at the helm. The directing duo went on to be unceremoniously dismissed weeks into the film’s shoot due to creative differences, ultimately being replaced by Hollywood veteran Ron Howard. In the podcast, Bale explained his brush with Solo:
“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.”
The connection that Bale has to Kennedy and Marshall runs deep, as Empire of the Sun was the Steven Spielberg movie that first debuted the child prodigy who would go on to star in Newsies, American Psycho, and ultimately the star of The Dark Knight trilogy. Over the past two decades, Bale has solidified himself among the pantheon of all-time great actors, so this connection is one that will certainly be fostered in the future.
It seems that ultimately Bale made the right decision on passing on the role. Lord and Miller’s improvisational style of filmmaking would seem to be at odds with Bale’s intensity and body-transforming commitment to his craft. It’s ironic that the more even-handed Howard ultimately took over the project, however sometimes things do happen for a reason.
It’s clear that Bale is simply waiting for the right Star Wars project. The actor is known for his dramatic range, so it would be criminal to not place him in film that could take full advantage of his abilities. Solo clearly was not the right fit, as there has been a cloud hanging over the production since the firing of Lord and Miller, with recent reports that the final movie may disappoint fans.
There are many new projects coming down the pipeline, perhaps most notably a brand new trilogy that is currently being plotted by The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson (Looper). Previously, the director was known for his brooding and thought-provoking dramatic thrillers and it seems that pairing the two is an opportunity too big to not contemplate. It will be some time before this story comes to a conclusion, but it’s certainly one to keep your eye on.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens on May 25th, 2018.
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