It is official, Ron Howard may have found his main character for The Dark Tower movies and TV Series.
According to Dateline, actor Javier Bardem (who was recently nominated for an Academy Award) has officially been offered the role. However, it is important to note that negotiations have not yet begun, so there is still a chance that he may not take the job. The role would be a multi-year commitment to appear in three movies and two seasons of a television show, most likely done as a mini-series. So, it is an extremely large commitment to undertake.
Earlier today, it was rumored that Christian Bale was up for the role, alongside the forever rumored Viggo Mortensen. I can see any of the three actors excelling in the role of Roland Deschain, the last gunslinger in a world that has “moved on.”
All rumors for the series have been around Roland, and no other characters have been mentioned, such as Jake (a kid pulled into Roland’s quest), Eddie (a recovering drug addict who becomes a gunslinger in his own right), and Susannah (an enigmatic woman with a deadly secret).
Rumors surfaced today that Jennifer Carpenter (Deb in Dexter) is in contention for the role of Susannah. Seeing how this project would consume numerous years, I doubt Carpenter will take part if she is still under contract for Dexter.
Do you think Bardem can pull of the role of Deschain? What about Carpenter as Susannah?