Back in January recent Oscar nominee Javier Bardem was offered the lead role in The Dark Tower, an adaptation of Stephen King’s epic book series to be directed by Ron Howard. Last month producer Brian Grazer said Bardem was interested in the role, and now it looks like the actor is close to signing on.
Javier Bardem is close to sealing his deal with Universal Pictures to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower, the mammoth adaptation of the Stephen King 7-novel series that’ll span three movies and a limited run TV series in between each film. Director Ron Howard begins production on the first film in September, and he’ll also direct the first TV segment.
It’s a complex deal, almost unprecedented, because it calls for Bardem to star in the feature film and the TV component. His deal will also include options for two sequels (the TV program that runs between the second and third films will be a prequel).
The Dark Tower follows a gunslinger called Roland Deschain who is the last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, and humanity’s last hope to save a civilization that will fall unless he finds the Dark Tower. Ron Howard says he sees the trilogy as their answer to the Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Ring trilogy, with an old West setting instead of Middle Earth.
What do The Dark Tower fans think of this casting? Do you think crossing the franchise over movies and TV is the way to go?