Christian Bale almost played Han Solo’s mentor in upcoming Star Wars film
Here’s what big stars can do to ongoing franchises.
Guess what? Christian Bale almost bagged a role in a Star Wars movie! Never mind that it wasn't for one of the ongoing sagas - but the anthology film titled Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Last year, when Phil Lord and Chris Miller were still directing the movie, Bale was reportedly in talks to appear as Solo’s mentor.
During an interview on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the actor confirmed for the first time he had discussed the possibility of taking the part.
“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 from many years back. There was discussion. I hope there will be future discussions.”
Bale also discussed his fandom of the iconic movie franchise and how his daughter shares that passion, saying:
“I’m a huge fan. 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,” he continued. “[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 going to scare the crap out of her, this is such a bad idea.’ And then she stopped and she said, ‘Daddy, I’m in love.'”
While Bale definitely would have made a cool mentor to a young Han Solo, getting a big star into an existing franchise can be a risky proposition.
Here are four times when it did (and didn't) work.
Christian Bale in Terminator Salvation
Christian Bale came on board the long-running Terminator franchise as John Connor in the film Terminator Salvation. The film came right in between The Dark Knight Trilogy and was met with mixed reviews.
At the time, the Terminator franchise was already on a decline and Bale's star power didn't do much to revive it. In fact, one of the reviews stated: "Bale's desire to star as John Connor was probably the most fatal blow to the film; it completely distorted the shape of the story as it existed."
Mark Wahlberg in Transformers
Mark Wahlberg entered the Transformers franchise in the fourth film titled Age of Extinction. He reprised his character in the subsequent The Last Knight before calling it quits.
The entire Transformers franchise wasn't much dependent on the human actors. As long as there were robots fighting in typical Michael Bay slo-mo fashion, the fans seemed to love it. Wahlberg's casting didn't really help the series in any big way with the film getting universally panned by critics. Rolling Stone gave the film zero out of four stars, calling it "the worst and most worthless Transformers movie yet."
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in The Fast and the Furious
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson entered the Fast and the Furious franchise with the 2011 film Fast Five. His addition to the star cast was a great move as it brought tremendous energy, new character dynamics and helped scale to the franchise to a greater height.
As agent Luke Hobbs - brought in especially to take down Dominic Toretto's (Vin Diesel) Crew - Johnson was fun, witty, righteous and delivered some of the movie's best lines. No wonder they're giving him a spinoff now.
Jeff Goldblum in Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: Ragnarok was brilliant for many reasons - but a major one was Jeff Goldblum's act as the Grandmaster. A role that he now might reprise in upcoming films. From the initial casting announcement to his character's first look release, Goldblum and Marvel were a winning combination all the way.
We can't wait to see Grandmaster back in action. One of the post-credits scenes in the film featured the Grandmaster uncomfortably dealing with rebels.
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