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Bardem Offered Dark Tower's Guns?
Christian Bale also rumoured...

27 January 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: New York Post

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You might not be surprised to learn that Ron Howard and Akiva Goldsman’s ambitious plan to turn Stephen King’s multi-book (and comic book) series The Dark Tower into a combination of films and an accompanying TV show is attracting rather a lot of interest from acting types. Javier Bardem is currently the frontrunner, having apparently secured an offer from Howard and co. Viggo Mortensen has already been linked. And now Christian Bale has been added to the list.

Yes, despite no solid greenlight from Universal (though, even given the challenge ahead, are they really going to say no to Ron Howard?), actors are flocking into the audition line to star as Roland Deschain, the stoic yet driven gunslinger hero of the Tower series.

As for the female lead role, the NY Post's story on Bale also mentions Dexter actress Jennifer Carpenter in the running, along with current contenders, newcomer Ghita Tazi and Naomie Harris.

But the big question remains: are any of them willing to devote the time to Howard’s big plan to shoot the first film and then a season of TV shows featuring the same cast? It’s a big commitment, and unless schedules can be shuffled appropriately, it’s not immediately clear how bigger name in-demand actors could fit it all in.

Still, the lure of such a challenging, layered and complex part must be a hefty lure to performers who know how to craft characters...


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I think sam Rockwell would make a good Eddie, maybe a little to old though and I see Rosario Dawson as Susannah, as for Roland I'd go with Viggo. More

Posted by neil.1138 at 00:16 on 28 January 2011 | Report This Post

Female lead?
What female lead? You can't mean Detta/Odetta/Susannah, since she's black (which is a very key part in defining her personality). The only female role in the first book is the barmaid in the saloon, but she's hardly a lead, since she doesn't survive the first half of the book. Or there's Susan, who doesn't show up 'til book four beyond some name dropping (book four is a "flashback" episode). More

Posted by danstokes at 00:12 on 28 January 2011 | Report This Post

Bardem would be a good choice, though I think his accent might be at odds with the character who always seemed to have a slightly British American settler kind of speech in the book. Liam Neeson would be a choice in my opinion. My pick for Cort, Roland's mentor in the books, would be Edward James Olmos. I'd like to see Zoe Saldana as Susannah , Sean Penn as Flagg (or alternatively Matthew McConaughey; the shitkicking bastard villain would suit him I think, what with that character's maddening More

Posted by HellBilly at 23:30 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Brave choice
I think while Viggo is a bigger box office draw, Javier is a fine choice for Roland. He can certainly pull off the haunted imposing loner. Don't get me wrong, love viggo, and I'm sure he would be stellar in this role. However, Javier is also a great actor who has paid his dues. I say give him his shot. More

Posted by OsGom at 14:13 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Who will do the voice of Blaine?
Viggo Mortensen is too obvious a choice for Roland. Bardem, maybe a good man in black? More

Posted by thepluginbaby at 13:59 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

How about...
I think Mortensen would be brilliant as Roland, Bardem or Weaving for the Man in Black and maybe Zoe Saldana for Susannah, I think she could do the split-mind role quite well. For Eddie, James Franco maybe? Right age (along with Zoe)and after Pineapple Express can do the stoner look quite well! The only problem with that is they are all (apart from Viggo and to some extent Weaving) all busy movie actors at the moment so scheduling might be tricky. Also, how would it work, make the movie bo More

Posted by Kalielyn at 13:33 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Please god no
Dexter is one of the best tv shows to ever hit tv the only crappy thing about it is jennifer carpenter and dont even get me started on how crap she was in quaranteen More

Posted by purplegnome at 12:44 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

As long as it gets made!
Really, there are a number of ace actors out there who could perform very well as Roland. As long as it gets made, I'm happy! More

Posted by Bouke at 10:58 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

I could see it
Him or Mortensen would be fine, although Bale I think is too young for the role. King had Clint Eastwood always in mind. But for your "female lead", who the hell are you talking about? The main female character in the books is Susannah, a disabled black woman, so how would Jennifer Carpenter fit in? Unless you're talking about Susan Delgado, but she's barely in the series. I always see Hugo Weaving as the Man in Black/Randall Flagg. Sinister, and yet if you watch him in intervie More

Posted by The Tingler at 10:35 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Hope not!
While I think Bardem's a great actor, I cannot see him as Roland. Still hope for Mortensen, who seems to have been born to play him. Bardem would be a great Man in Black, though! More

Posted by cornholio1980 at 08:04 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post


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