Javier Bardem To Star In ‘Dark Tower’ Movie-TV Series Hybrid Thing?

Wednesday, January 26 by

Ron Howard choosing Oscar-winning Spanish actor Javier Bardem over Christian Bale for his latest project was not the result of a creepy coin toss. I’m guessing that director Howard thinks Bardem (No Country For Old Men) would be perfect as the cowboy lead in his upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower novels. I’m amazed at the scope of the project: the story will span over three movies and two TV mini-series — what, Howard couldn’t squeeze a couple of web series in there too?

Bardem has reportedly been offered the lead role of Roland Deschain, a gunslinger who goes on a quest to find the Dark Tower, and if he doesn’t succeed, the stakes are super duper high: humanity, civilization and post-apocalyptic Disneyland are all doomed. Universal is producing the project, which sounds ridiculously wide in scope. First it’s a theatrically released movie, then a TV mini-series to bridge us into the second movie, which will be followed by another TV mini-series, then the final movie. The idea is to have the same leading cast in all the incarnations. So if you’re interested, Mr. Bardin, get ready to be hanging out with Ron Howard for a long, long time… (Deadline)

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  1. January 26, 2011 6:28 pm


    Whoever wrote this should not be allowed near a keyboard. -__-

  2. January 26, 2011 6:28 pm


    He is not right for the part at all! Roland is a tall and wiry based on Clint Eastwood’s man with no name.

  3. January 26, 2011 6:28 pm


    Yes!!!!!! Out of him Viggo, and Bale (the reported frontrunners). He’s gonna pull Roland off far better by leaps and bounds. People griping about Roland’s physical attributes please just think for a second. They make colored contacts these days and actors slim up for roles all the time. It’s their job. And Bardem Is veeeeery good at his job. By far the only actor with the depth that could pull Roland off. Bale could do it (though not as well) but Viggo trying to pull it off is laughable. Bardem was born to play Roland. Now if we could only get Akiva away from the script we’d have a masterpiece. Unless, that is, your a big fan of the writing in Batman & Robin…

  4. January 26, 2011 6:28 pm


    Kurt Russell would be perfect for Roland

  5. January 26, 2011 6:28 pm


    Gotta say Bardeem would be perfect for Eddie, Bale would not work in it at all unless you have him as Tian Jaffords or Jack Andolini

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