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So how close did this come to happening? Pretty darn close, it sounds like. Bale recently appeared on Josh Horowitz’s podcast Happy Sad Confused and confirmed that talks did take place for 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.”

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