Christian Bale keen for Star Wars role

January 4, 2018 GMT

Christian Bale wants a role in a ‘Star Wars’ movie.

The 43-year-old actor - who is most famous for portraying Batman in Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy - has spilled that he was in talks to star in the upcoming spin-off movie ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ after being contacted by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy, whom he worked with previously on Steven Spielberg’s 1987 coming-of-age war film ‘Empire of the Sun’.

Although he didn’t take up a role in the Han Solo-focused prequel, Bale is keen to be part of the sci-fi saga going forward because he is a huge fan of the franchise as are his family, wife Sibi Blazic, daughter Emmaline and son Joseph.

Discussing his ‘Solo’ offer on Josh Horowitz’s podcast Happy Sad Confused, Bale said: “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.

″‘Star Wars’ I’m a huge fan. Yeah ‘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. [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.’ ”

Bale received universal acclaim for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne and his vigilante alter ego Batman in his three films but despite becoming a global icon due to his appearance as the DC Comics character he admits he’s not a fan of superhero films.

And the British star has not watched his successor Ben Affleck as The Caped Crusader in the DC Extended Universe.

He said: “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. 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.”