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New Dark Tower rumoring suggests a ranger and a friend-o in the lead to play The Gunslinger!

Published at: Dec. 31, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a little bit of rumoring going on with the Ron Howard Dark Tower adaptation.

Last we heard, Howard threw out a bunch of names that they're thinking of for the lead of the franchise, one Roland Deschain. That list included everyone from Viggo Mortensen (the acknowledged fan favorite) to Daniel Craig.

Now the NY Post has run a story that there's blood in the water in Hollywood, with agents and managers of all types trying to get in on this franchise. The two most likely at this point are Viggo and Mr. Javier Bardem, according to the Post.

 

 

Viggo has the experience in a franchise as large as The Dark Tower could be, but I think that very experience might work against him. Who knows, though. Maybe Roland could be the Indiana Jones to his Han Solo.

 

 

I love Bardem, but I don't really see that as a perfect fit. He's a fantastic actor and could nail the drama and dark emotion always swelling inside Roland in the later books as well as the cold emotionlessness of The Gunslinger when we first meet him.

My vote is still Guy Pearce. I'd love to hear he's at least in the running. But listen, if either of these two get it I'll be happy. They could be talking about Sam Worthington, you know?

Oh, and while I'm at it, Aaron Paul for Eddie. And just go ahead and cast Zoe Saldana as Detta/Odetta/Susannah. We know you're going to do it anyway, so just go ahead and lock that in early.

What do you guys think?

 

 

-Quint
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  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I vote Viggo

    by Mr Lucas

    even though I know nothing about it. It looks tge sort of thing he'd be suited for.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    I have reservations about Ron Howard

    by HelmetBoy

    But fortunately the source material is so good, even he can't fuck this up. Viggo or Guy Pierce all the way.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:47 p.m. CST

    cool

    by KilliK

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:53 p.m. CST

    I vote Guy Pierce

    by Uopap

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Bardem is a great actor, but a bad choice for this

    by MattmanReturns

    I don't want to hear an actor in the Roland role suppressing a thick foreign accent. Give it to Viggo.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Last!

    by RomeroZombie

    A few months in the gym..Stephen Moyer..Bill from True Blood ..kinda looks like Roland a bit I think.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Can Javier get rid of his thick Spanish accent?

    by CountryBoy

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Also, wasn't the "friend-o" the old guy at the gas station?

    by CountryBoy

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Just don't make it

    by harrys_site_sucks

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Hmm..

    by Mr. Lahey

    Neither one of those guys look like Stephen King. Roland does, according to one of the last books in the series.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Should be an HBO series starring...

    by bdc777

    ... Terry O'Quinn as Roland. Just do all the stories from beginning to end. Forget a big screen version. What if the film doesn't make money? We'll never see it finished. Keep Opie away from this, and let Joss Whedon or J.J. Abrahms do it. This is my favorite series, from my favorite author. I am less than enthused about it's prospects at this point.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:03 p.m. CST

    I'm back for Roland news Bitches!

    by CharyouTree

    Bardem is a great choice and could pull it off minus a few pounds. <p> Guy Pearce is not bad, nor Viggo. But no Sam Worthington or some shit. <p> I still vote for Daniel Day Lewis.<p>

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:12 p.m. CST

    Gordon Levitt for Eddie.

    by CharyouTree

    Get Tim Curry in there somewhere, and a few british thesps for Flagg. <p>And as I can't see Danilel Day committing for so long, get him as Roland's father.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    don't buy it

    by LethargicJ

    The plan to shoot three movies with two TV series in between is an incredible commitment and I still doubt you're going to get any big name actor to sign up for that. A guy like Bardem is on a roll, can pick and choose almost any role he wants and at this point he gets Oscar buzz for everything he touches. He's going to throw that away to make a 5, 6 year commitment to this? And to be in a TV series? I just don't see it. Viggo has talked about being burned out and talked about retiring, this doesn't sound like something he'd be willing to take on at this point. The point is, some of the names rumored and some suggested are just idiotic pipe dreams. This is a long, major undertaking that most Hollywood stars aren't going to be willing to take.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Not the masterpiece people claim

    by Simon Butler

    It is overlong, cliched, pompous at times and was a chore to read on more than one occasion. And you know that no-one will fund it through to the story's conclusion. It's for King diehards only. It's not a classic.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    Aaron Paul would make a great Eddie...

    by Somerichs

    and he's a small enough name (no offense) that he'd have no problem doing the TV components between movies...as for Roland, I'm down with any of the 3 names in the article, and Daniel Day Lewis would kill, too.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    tandemar57 I have read hardly any other King

    by CharyouTree

    and I thoroughly enjoyed ALL the book's.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Clint Eastwood

    by Dandelo_Bateman

    There is no other Roland and change the animation

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Sadly Clint Eastwood is an old man.

    by HelmetBoy

    He's got great genes, but I don't think he'd survive to the end of the series. I'm worries about how they'll handle Jake. I'm guessing the filming will take a few years and kids grow up fast. They should have done a CGI version using the techniques employed in AVATAR. That would have been awesome.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:25 p.m. CST

    I'm ambivalent about Viggo,

    by rabidfnark

    He could be great, or not. Javier Bardem, though? I just can't see it at all. Is there a chance he could make me eat my words? Sure. But If I had to pick someone other than Clint Eastwood (which seems to be a forgone conclusion as well as a cliche at this point (sorry, he's just who I always pictured)) Quint's pick of Guy Pearce seems interesting.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:27 p.m. CST

    I guess Guy Pearce...

    by IamTheSisko

    ...but I don't like Viggo or Bardem. I think they should cast someone who is as close to Clint Eastwood as humanly possible. He was King's inspiration for the Gunslinger, after all. As much flack as I may get for suggesting it, I would not even be opposed to Hugh Jackman in the role. -- David C. Roberson, Maladjusted Productions (http://www.facebook.com/maladjustedproductions)

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Sure Clints old but so was Christopher Lee

    by pax256

    in the SW prequels and LOTR. I say make it happen!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:30 p.m. CST

    Ben Foster...

    by mullymt

    Would make a great Eddie. I like Aaron Paul, too.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:31 p.m. CST

    Iamthesisko...

    by mullymt

    Jackman could work.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:33 p.m. CST

    Matt Dillon

    by Funk4America

    He's a great choice in my opinion

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST

    I don’t know...

    by Keats Shwab

    I think Viggo would be perfect, but I doubt he would want to do such a big, time consuming project with a role so similar to Aragorn. I don’t think Bardem looks right, and Guy Pierce strikes me as way too much of a pretty boy. I don’t really see any way that this will be good. I love the series but I think it would be very difficult to film properly. And it really should be NC-17 or at least a hard R if they want to do it right, which they probably won’t. We shall see, I guess. Stephen King must be ridiculously loaded. I think only Bill Shakespeare might be able to compete with him in number of book-to-film adaptations.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:43 p.m. CST

    So how are they going to handle Jake?

    by skycrapper

    He doesn't really age throughout the series. Maybe Bardem as Randle Flag would be alright.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Ranger Smith from Yogi Bear?!?

    by tonagan

    Would it be animated, or Tom Cavanagh from the movie?

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    also...

    by skycrapper

    The first two of these books are great (downhill after that, way downhill after 4 that's supposed to be 1). But if they're going to go the NBC route it will be so neutered it might be un-watchable.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:49 p.m. CST

    Is Mickey Rooney still alive?

    by THE_CHOPPAH

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Hollywood should get a clue:

    by bames_jond

    You know, for all the money and resources at their disposal, not to mention some of the most imaginative literature waiting to be adapted.... you can almost always count on the studios making the most unimaginative casting choices.... then dumbing down the scripts ....resulting in a melba toast final product. Hollywood needs to take a risk and do the source material some justice rather than pander to the masses. No Viggo. No Javier. They need to grow an imagination. I say, get Jack Black baby! You know that is what they are gonna probably do anyway once they turn it into a kid friendly comedy. Yeee Haw!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    LOVE VIGGO, BUT IT'S OVEREXPOSURE FOR HIM

    by uberman

    He is known as the King in the Rings films. Another massive multi movie character would work against him and the film...it would be way too cliche. Bardem would work better-you want to distance this film from other movie series. Going for the Western Clint Eastwood type hard ass look would be a mistake. You need a regular actor who can make you believe he's dangerous through his actions and not by just squinting at the camera. Craig would also be totally cliche. The best bet is to cast a as yet unkown and let him define himself to the audience, rather than casting someone we've all seen play this kind of role 1,000 x before.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST

    That animation is offensive and in really bad taste.

    by bames_jond

    No pun intended. Change it.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Richard Grant...

    by QuiGonnDucard

    for Eddie Dean. And Zoe Saldana would be great for Odetta. And +1 for Viggo.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I don't get any of these choices

    by Smack_Teddy

    and i think there all wrong. There i said it....<p> look, if i would dare criticise Del Toro over Hellboy being an utter failure to bring the comics true essence (and not the true essence of comics) to the film medium, i'm not going to go getting optimistic & constructively polite over this okay? (Your my Man Guillermo, i totally dig you doing ATMOM even though Hellboy is heavily Lovecraft infused all the same)<p> The Dark Tower is not something you go an get excited over because now their making a big budget epic trilogy & the guy who did Willow & The Da Vinci Code is doing it; and they go and knock out some choices that...fuck it....no really fuck it just get Tom Hanks to play him, get John Lovitz to be Cuthbert, whatever....<p> I love to be proven wrong in the right way though. I guess i could get around Viggo Morteson, but only if it was because i had to.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    Maybe Bardem.

    by blackwood

    My initial reaction is "Huh?" but after sitting with it a bit and imagining Bardem in the role I can get behind it. The accent might be distracting, or they could make it work. Viggo could do it, too, I guess, but it's not very interesting casting. I was hoping for a fantastic unknown, a career-making role, but I guess there's a lot riding on this, so they're obligated to get some names in.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I agree

    by Keats Shwab

    with uberman on casting an unknown, and with bames_jond on the animation. Fuck’s sake, Harry.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Josh Holloway FTW

    by Papa CaveDweller

    Need someone under like 50 to play Roland, bitches!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:35 p.m. CST

    Daniel Day Lewis

    by phifty2

    Doubt he'd contribute so much time to this though. Soooooooooooo, Viggo is ok but I'll take Bardem over him.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Michael Fassbender

    by stellanskarsgaard

    that is all.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    bames_jond

    by lv_426

    I agree. I'm really getting tired of adaptations. Even the ones where I didn't read the source material, there is always something that feels off about it. The more I go over the best movies I've seen over the past couple of years, almost 90% of them end up being original stories conceived for the screen. So if they aren't ready to really respect the source material, and really think things through instead of rushing it to production, then fuck it. I don't want to see it. I am also of the mind that sees longer novels and comic books series being more suited for TV than for theatrical film adaptations as well. Unless a studio is gonna commit whole hog like New Line did with Lord of the Rings, then it is a dubious effort more often than not.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:38 p.m. CST

    mattmanreturns

    by phifty2

    But we have no idea what Roland's accent is. Who knows what people in Mid-world sound like.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:40 p.m. CST

    charyoutree

    by phifty2

    Awesome idea. If Lewis won't play Roland at least he can play Steven. Just give him a hadlebar mustache and we're set.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie

    by filmtopia

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:42 p.m. CST

    the_choppah

    by phifty2

    Funny you ask that. There were a lot of Rooney movies on AMC yesterday and I was like "What did he die or something"?

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:46 p.m. CST

    What do I think?

    by The Bunglermoose

    I think they shouldn't bother at all. These books are un-filmable, and I'll be pleasantly surprised if the movies work. But I suppose casting the right guy as Roland would be a step in the right direction. I think Mortensen and Pearce are the two better choices. Love Craig and Bardem, but not as Roland.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    phifty2 Cheers

    by CharyouTree

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST

    ? posted before I finished, sort this shit out Harry...

    by CharyouTree

    anyways, phifty2 cheers, I pictured Steven Deschain as a slightly mellower Henry Plainview.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Jim Caveziel

    by Nick Friesen

    I've always thought Caveziel would make an awesome Roland. Piercing blue eyes, tall, lanky.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:54 p.m. CST

    The Animation

    by CharyouTree

    If you don't like it please scroll down and don't look at it. I feel sick looking at that cunt from Twilight, but I don't demand his pics to be taken down and stopped from being viewed by anyone.<p>I think it's an amusing animation, and for those who haven't even seen the film, it's no where near as bad as you guy's are imagining it. In fact the movie is actually quite tame compared to alot of other shit, pun intended.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    But who will play Stephen King?

    by gruntybear

    Lest we forget how totally "off the rails" this series went in the wake of King's being run down by a truck and his subsequent recovery. King wrote himself into the story, which pretty much makes it unfilmable. Unless they write out this particular flash sideways, the whole property is doomed.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Caveziel is a good choice

    by CharyouTree

    are his eyes really that blue though?

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 2:57 p.m. CST

    Roland

    by GrndlWnderer

    Viggo won't do it, Bardem ( an amazing actor) is wrong, and probably won't do it. Someone suggested Matt Dillon and that struck a cord. The man can act when he needs to, he can be funny,menacing and sad separately and all at once. He did that Bukowski bio and was great, and probably everyone has seen his Outsiders performance,his Something about Mary, and maybe even his Rumble Fish stuff....honestly, he could nail Roland, he would have to slim up again, but for a role like this, something, that if done well could be oh so good, and add a strange and compelling franchise to his name. As for complaints about Howard...say what you will about him, he is a totally competent film-maker, in no way a visionary or a master, but solid, technical and dependable. Strangely enough, I think it will work for this material. The first two book are really easy to make and I think anyone with a bit of screen writing ability could turn into a good script...but everything after really, really needs cleaning up and, to be honest, improving on. The need to trim the material down could improve on the source material (or fail epically), and Howard's workman-like approach to film-making probably will produce a better result than someone who is much more "artistic". Short of resurrecting Leone, I think that he is a pretty good choice...he is strangely like Roland, he is a doer, not really a dreamer, he isn't all that imaginative, a bit literal,and yet is still a bit of a romantic (re-read the opening description in the Gunslinger of Roland) and it just strikes me that this is kind of a description of Howard's work as well...well see.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale....

    by The Dum Guy

    ?

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    If this were 10-15 years ago...

    by Youth_N_Asia

    Then Dean Winters would have made the perfect Eddie Dean.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    dylan mcdermott

    by darkpassenger

    i think he would be a good choice for roland also william fichtner should be in this somewhere

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Also I thing the one of the hardest castings will be

    by CharyouTree

    Young Roland. <p>As it's going to be some Bieber clone most likely, if not The Bieb itself.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:18 p.m. CST

    if King only has to be himself, can't he do it?

    by BadMrWonka

    no one can be that bad an actor that they can't film a few scenes as themself, right? I think Viggo is a perfect match, but I agree it would be a little odd for such an odd non-hollywood type actor to choose 2 huge franchises like this. plus, if this really is like an almost 10 year commitment, wouldn't it make sense to choose someone a bit younger? Viggo is over 50, I think. I think you find an actor with some gravitas, who is like 35. He'd have to be able to look a little rough and a little older, so even a great actor like Ryan Gosling wouldn't work. It's too bad Josh Brolin did Jonah Hex, because now I can't even think of him in a cowboy hat without wanting to puke. too bad, because he might have been a great choice. For Eddie, I totally second Aaron Paul. Ben Foster would be great, too, but Paul would just knock it out of the park. I love Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but I just don't see him as Eddie. I just don't think Viggo as Roland is going to happen. Find a 35 year old version of Viggo and run with it. I can't think of anyone off the top of my head, but there has to be someone out there.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:21 p.m. CST

    Roland?

    by buggerbugger

    That isn't the name of a weather-beaten hero, that's the name of a bespectacled fat kid on 'Grange Hill'. He is the one and only Roland that all others must be measured by. And found lacking. Especially in body mass.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Josh Brolin- True Grit

    by CharyouTree

    he could redeem himself. And be allowed a stetson.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:22 p.m. CST

    Steve Carell

    by Not_really_here

    It's so obvious that Steve Carell is the only one that could do Roland justice. And don't change that animation! A lot of people around here have wanted to see Harry eat his own feces for years.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:25 p.m. CST

    darkpassenger

    by phifty2

    william fichtner? Hmmm. He could make a good Tick-Tock Man or dare I say it..........Flagg himself. In fact now that I think about it, he'd be a great Flagg. We need a good actor who is not to well known. I really liked Sheridan in the role in The Stand mini-series but he's probably too old now. And The Crimson King, we should never see his face. Just a hood with a black void inside. His voice should make the character. Though he won't get much screen time if they stick to the books.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    scratchmonkey I too chuckled

    by CharyouTree

    when I read the hero was called "Ro-Land" but if the Charyoutree ever get's to plant his seed "giggle". My first son may be very well blessed with the now badass name of Roland.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    That Milo guy from Heroes for Eddie...

    by Stormwatcher

    Always thought he'd make a good choice.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Zoe's way too hot for this role....

    by Nice Marmot

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:42 p.m. CST

    Kurt Russell...has the age, eyes, acting ability..availability

    by Stormwatcher

    Seriously....Tombstone himself man..... Otherwise I too like Viggo...Jackson but he's doing the Wolverine thing...Hugh Laurie for the man in black...or that bad guy dude from DRIVE ANGRY 3D....what's his name? the Accountant...

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    donald glover

    by chase couture

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Viggo is perfect, Bardem, not at all.

    by Monolith_Jones

    not taking away from his acting ability, because I've only seen him in No Country For Old Men. I loathed the character he played, and not in the way you're supposed to. I thought it was very cliched, and to be honest it ruined my viewing of the movie. I will definitely see it again, but I have no idea why everyone goes nuts over that character.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Those are two good guys to have rumors about

    by longlivethenewflesh

    I'd be interested in either in the role, probably. Though I'm not certain this party can really pull this off, it is an interesting project to say the least. If not those fellas, I myself am willing to put Brolin in anything, welcome the idea of someone like Fassbender landing it, and the kurt russell thing also sounds pretty good to me. Roland is oooold in the story, remember.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Tim Curry IS Dandelo!

    by Nice Marmot

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST

    I thought Viggo was retired

    by CCon99

    I remember reading that The Road was Viggo's final project and he was retiring with the exception of the Lord of the Rings prequels, because he was already committed to them if they ever went into production.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    Viggo would rock but maybe it's too obvious?

    by performingmonkey

    Is he harsh enough to play Roland?? I do NOT want Javier Bardem at all. That would not work, though he could be cast in another role and that would be fine, maybe he would be much better as Walter/The Man In Black. Other Roland candidates - Daniel Day Lewis (no way in a thousand years he would do it though, not commit to something so long-running, including a miniseries!!), Guy Pearce, Hugh Jackman. Btw Roland is supposed to look around 50. They could easily make Jackman look that age, someone grizzled around the edges who's been through the darkest shit you could think of over countless decades.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:35 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as Roland.

    by THE_CHOPPAH

    Someone had to say it.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:38 p.m. CST

    Stephen King as a character...

    by brocknroll

    Stephen King as a character was the most important part of the whole Dark Tower franchise. So they will obviously use him. I would image Stephen King would play himself. Stephen has lots of acting experience if I remember correctly.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Nathan Fillion as Eddie Dean

    by GraceLFerguson

    Not a bad idea actually.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    years ago....

    by macheesmo3

    I thought Peter Weller for this or James Woods.... then I got older and realized they both have too much humor in their characters for this role..... Viggo could pull it off, but Guy Pierce (as mentioned above) would be an even better choice. But so would Barry Pepper!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:45 p.m. CST

    Zoe Saldana?

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    Shut up. Just . . . shut up.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    I vote Paul Reubens

    by MagicJesus

    and do the whole character in Pee Wee voice... "I'm a loner Cuthbert....a rebel"

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    Timothy V. Murphy... the perfect Roland

    by orcdoc

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1182011/ He is a little known, but very good actor and looks exactly the way I saw Roland while reading the books.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    My prediction for the Stephen King role

    by HonestAbe

    Is that they will cut out that subplot entirely, thereby pissing off millions of fanboys. I just can not think of a way they could make that work on film. At least if they want to keep the more mainstream audiences from jumping ship. On a similar note, they'll have to cut out the meta stuff like the Harry Potter and comic book references in Wolves of the Calla.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    See what you mean about him...

    by performingmonkey

    http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1390907904/nm1182011 that there is Roland Deschain as far as looks go. But can he act??

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Looks like a rump ranger.

    by cookylamoo

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Oh, now here's an idea for Roland

    by HonestAbe

    It would be a great nod to everyone who wishes Eastwood was still young enough to cast the guy who played a young Clint in "Space Cowboys", Toby Stephens. He's the right age, he has the look, and he's an established actor but not so big of a name that he'll be worried about locking in to such a long project like Bardem or Mortenson might. http://www.bbc.co.uk/bradford/content/images/2006/09/18/jane_eyre_03_465x370.jpg

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    old school, new thought

    by jonasgrumby

    How about Mark Hamill? Brolin and Viggo are good choices but how's about giving a good dog a bone, Hamill handled the Star Wars saga and frankly has been overlooked by Hollywood ever since, he'd be a Great Roland.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    THIS GUY

    by montessaurus

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0570385/ this is who I saw when I was reading the books.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:35 p.m. CST

    http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0570385/

    by montessaurus

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Josh Holloway (Sawyer from Lost)

    by Quadrillionaire

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Timothy Olyphant

    by Plaidreptile

    I thought Roland every time I saw that guy on Deadwood.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:44 p.m. CST

    How about

    by Chest_Rockwell

    Jim Caveziel.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:46 p.m. CST

    Oh, and no aaron paul.

    by Chest_Rockwell

    That will fuck up breaking bad.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:52 p.m. CST

    Wasn't Guy Pearce hired to do Aragorn

    by ColaJacket

    But had to be replaced by Viggo at the last minute, because he wasn't right for the part.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:53 p.m. CST

    but the reality most likely..

    by Plaidreptile

    Would be someone like Hugh Jackman.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 5:54 p.m. CST

    russel

    by MIDDU

    I like the the Kurt Russell idea.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    Shia LeBoeuf

    by Royston Lodge

    Just kidding!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:04 p.m. CST

    montessaurus: Good call!

    by Royston Lodge

    I love to see ANY love for Stephen McHattie. Do not ... translate ... this message...

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST

    FILM IT AS A SPAGETTI WESTERN

    by uberman

    The Iconic 'Roland' /Man with no name character was born in the Spagetti Westerns. Why not film this series in homage to those great movies? No HUGE overwhelming FX and grand emotional pseudo soundtrack. Make the film on a smaller budget. Use practicle FX whenever and stay the fuck away from CGI for anything other than a sunset if needed. Every big Sci Fi epic is now an overblown turd. The story is an epic, but why not treat it as an indie? Use real locations as much as possible. I imagine they will make the proverbial 'Tower' a gigantic CG monstrosity. Screw that. Go back to the films of the 70's for inspiration

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    I vote for Henry Winkler

    by Juggernaut125

    as Roland. AAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST

    @royston lodge

    by montessaurus

    HECK YEAH DUDE! I think I saw him on an episode of the X-Files shortly after I read Wastelands (the Plume edition with the painted illustrations..) <p> and my jaw dropped at the resemblance.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    Stephen McHattie

    by montessaurus

    I mean for christ sakes, there's even a photo of him drawing a gun on his IMDB page. I know he doesn't have a snowballs chance in hell, and it's our loss.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Timothy Olyphant

    by Youth_N_Asia

    Give him a hat, a gun, and a bad attitude. It's pretty much his go to role.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    He ess Vigo!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    You are like the buzzing of flies to heem!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:27 p.m. CST

    The only person who could really play Roland for my money...

    by Goodplacetoshoveit

    John C. McGinley. Seriously. Imagine him grey and gaunt.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    The Rock

    by JohnWayneWasGay

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:30 p.m. CST

    Piss off, you nancy-boys! Jeff Goldblum's available!

    by Uncle Stan

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:33 p.m. CST

    they should cast me

    by redkamel

    then I could retire

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:36 p.m. CST

    Justin Beiber IS The Gunslinger

    by Xiphos_2

    There is no other option. Roland has to be played by a teenage Canadian lesbian. Plus he can do the sound track. Win win

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:46 p.m. CST

    mark walhberg???

    by ben sheppard

    look, I know this is some hours off, but as a fan of humanity.. you my friend, are a cunt.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Andrew Lincoln (Walking Dead)

    by 3Demonic

    But Viggo will also work!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    marky mark

    by ben sheppard

    okay. you're joking. it's new year. give me a break. I'm drunk.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Question on the books -

    by Darth Valinorean

    What's the best order to read these books for someone who has not read a single one of them and has only heard awesome stuff about it and just learned the name of the main character in this article? A low brow question for this forum (now that we are in casting rumors stage) but for once, I am in the enviable position of reading a bunch of books in a series in one shot instead of waiting and waiting for the next installment... as I had to wait with the LOTR movies!

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 8:03 p.m. CST

    BRANDON ROUTH

    by ChickenStu

    Seriously. He's been shafted out of the Superman series, so I think he deserves a franchise to make his own. I've read all of these books (plus, the short story in Everything's Eventual), and Routh would actually be a damn perfect fit. Routh's young (but not too young) and this project will take a good few years to come to it's conclusion. I can see Routh aging nicely into it.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST

    Thomas Jane for Roland if not Viggo, also.....

    by Michael_Jacksons_Ghost

    who would play Flagg?

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Perfect cast

    by LesterB

    Ed Harris as Roland. There's no one better-suited. Viggo really is too young. Roland is supposed to be fiftyish. And Harris looks like him. Blue eyes, weathered presence. And one of the best actors in Hollywood. Aaron Paul is a reasonable, very easy choice as Eddie. We at least know he can nail the junkie part. But I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a better, more versatile actor. I would trust him ahead of Paul to take us on the journey from Eddie Dean the junkie to Eddie Dean the cold-eyed gunslinger. Jake will need to be an unknown. And yes, we're going to have to accept Jake's aging from 12 to at least fifteen in the story. I'm tempted to say the same for Susannah. There just don't seem to be many perfect choices for this role. Kandyse McClure from BSG has the acting chops, but she's too young. Naomie Harris might work. Zoe Saldana is not NEARLY talented enough to carry this role - Susannah is really three people remember, four if you count Mia. James Cromwell as Pere Callahan. He's already done it once, and he was so good I can't picture anyone else. Why all the angst over the Stephen King casting? He can't play himself, he's too old. The Stephen King in the books is like thirty. But if you were casting a Stephen King biopic, who would you cast? How about Sam Rockwell? Brilliant actor, looks enough like him that it's not distracting, and has an interesting, nervous energy that works for the part. Christopher Walken as Walter/Marten/Flagg. Terry O'Quinn as Roland's father. And I'm not sure you need a whole lot of other big names. Spend the rest of your dough on making these movies LOOK awesome.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 8:37 p.m. CST

    First problem is the word: franchise...

    by Toruk_Makto

    Which leads to the second problem: Big Star Lead...bleh...go with an Unknown. Their trying to go too big with this. Which warns me it will all end badly-- for me, the audience. With the exception of John Varley's Gaea Trilogy I'm hard pressed to come up with a series that was more bizarre and counter culture with its antagonist and protagonist than the Dark Tower and they want to go at a mainstream audience? Really!? Someone mentioned HBO or Showtime--better move in my opinion. You can retain the thematic nuances and character details, aspects that make the series what it is. I honestly would have preferred Frank Darabont attached to this, Howard strikes me as too glossy for this material.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 8:58 p.m. CST

    Please don't make this

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    But if you feel you have to go with HBO series Also how old is that clone of Eastwood King has, when he gets to his 30's/40s then we can make this

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Viggo

    by DefyThis

    If Orlando Bloom can do both LOTR and POTC, then I see no reason why Viggo, who's a much better actor, can't do LOTR and The Dark Tower. I'd thought of him as a candidate long before this was ever announced. Ol' Ron needs to talk to Clint about filming some scenes as Roland's father. It's a shame Clint wasn't about 10-15 years younger, else he could still pull off Roland.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Casting

    by Ted Brautigan

    Lesterb you're on the right track. I like Ed Harris better for Cort, if they can't get Eastwood to cameo in that role. Bardem or Mortensen as Roland would be a coup. I think Viggo is a possibility if his son is a big fan of the books like with LOTR. Kurt Russell is probably more likely. I used to like Mark Wahlberg for Eddie. Not sure now. Zoe Saldana can do whatever she wants, is my guess. We can dream. Sam Rockwell as Jack Mort woud be about perfect. Ian McShane as somebody. Anyway, that's all I got for the moment.

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    I can't see Bardem, but Viggo is a good choice

    by The_Crimson_King

    THE CRIMSON KING HAS SPOKEN

  • Dec. 31, 2010, 11 p.m. CST

    Happy New Year!

    by tatoosh

    First post in 2011!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:31 a.m. CST

    Eddie Dean, Roland and Odetta/Susanah

    by Barsymes

    Admittedly, I have been unable to get Aaron Paul out of my mind for the part of Eddie Dean since it was mentioned on this site awhile ago. He's pretty perfect and has the acting chops and just the right amount of stardom to do it. Roland -- tougher since the character IS essentially Clint Eastwood. Its hard to picture anyone else playing this role, but lets face, the man has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. My vote would be Daniel Craig, but don't see him or Viggo having anything to do with a television series. Matt Dillon=ridiculous. Odetta/Susanah -- Zoe Saldana??? You're either an idiot or didn't read the books. There's only one choice for this and its Viola Davis. Nobody but this actress should be touching this part.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:38 a.m. CST

    Timothy Olyphant...

    by Barsymes

    perfect for Roland in about 20 years.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:03 a.m. CST

    Kevin Connolly, yo.

    by Pvt. Duke

    Book it.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:11 a.m. CST

    Just digitally de-age Clint Eastwood

    by Hamish

    You know it's the best way.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:13 a.m. CST

    Regarding Zoe Saldana …

    by Andy Williamson

    Thank you, Quint, for finally saying on here what I've thought for a looooong time: Zoe Saldana is PERFECT for Detta/Odetta/Susannah. That character is written as stunningly beautiful. After all, Eddie falls in love with her damn near instantly. Zoe can pull off the sweetness of Odetta (see Uhura), the feral quality of Odetta (see Neytiri), and the stronger combination of both. I can hear her now spitting those "honk mahfahs" at Roland and Eddie. As for Javier … I don't really see it. Viggo is good, but I doubt he will be willing to spend the next decade doing this. He would finish up in his 60s. Hugh Jackman can look like a young Clint Eastwood in his sleep, but already has too many movie series under his belt. Fascinated to see where this goes … Anyway, here's one big "hear, hear!" for Zoe! http://www.thewordslinger.com/

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:49 a.m. CST

    Taraji P. Henson

    by Nachokoolaid

    She's Odetta/Detta/Susannah. Seriously.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:49 a.m. CST

    Off subject, but...

    by Knuckleduster

    ... why hasn't AICN shown some love for the Tree of Life trailer yet? It looks brilliant. Definitely my most anticipated film of the year. And I love that poster with the baby's foot wrapped in hands. Beautiful.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Stephen King at his very worst...

    by BiggusDickus

    I tried. I really tried, but halfway through 'The Waste Lands' I had to let this go. Tired, ponderous, formulaic story-telling of a kind that today's King is all too familiar with. There are two Stephen Kings in my head - the master, who gave us 'Salem's Lot', 'Christine' and 'The Stand', and the other, wordy cretin that vomited up things like 'Dolores Claiborne' and 'The Tommyknockers'. Unfortunately, it's the latter chap who turned up for writing duties here. Wank over it if you must, fanboys (hey, it's 'cowboy sci-fi' - *giggle*), but please don't ever pretend that this is anywhere near coherent story-telling. Dreadful.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:05 a.m. CST

    Ron Howard...so WRONG for this.

    by dead youngling

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Mads Mikkelsen

    by Michael Wilson

    Great actor with perfect voice/age and overall badassery.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST

    Should star unknowns.

    by jah_kingdom

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Philip Ridley should direct ,"The Gunslinger."

    by jah_kingdom

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Seriously...

    by Juggernaut125

    <p>the ONLY way to make this series and do it well is to do it animated. Serious, adult animation, like Afro-Samurai.</p> <p>that way, 12 year old boys don't age. And Clint Eastwood would play Roland.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    WTF.

    by sai_justin

    Don't even mention Worthington, you f*cktard. Contrary to popular belief, people actually read this site. What the f*ck is an Aaron Paul? And Saldana for Susannah?! Jesus, man - pick up a book, you moron.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST

    John Hillcoat should direct The Gunslinger.

    by CharyouTree

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Thandie Newton was born to play Susannah

    by dr_john_zoidberg

    Thandie Newton was born to play Susannah. Nuff said.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Biggusdickus

    by LesterB

    How do you know? You stopped midway through the third book. How does that give you any ability to thoughtfully criticize the entire series?

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:15 p.m. CST

    lesterb...

    by BiggusDickus

    Three bites of a turd sandwich is enough to give you an idea of what the rest of lunch is going to be like...

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Timothy Olyphant

    by phifty2

    for Eddie although he's probably too old. What about Jake? Probably need an unknown WHO CAN ACT!!!!! Sussahna(sp) Alfre Woodard if it were 15 years ago. You know, except for Roland, and maybe for him too, keep the whole cast unknowns who know how to act. The believability of the characters is what's going to make or break this thing. I'm mean christ, at one point they're going to be fighting a giant robot bear with a radar dish on his head. In the books it works. Don't fuck this up.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:32 p.m. CST

    colajacket

    by phifty2

    No it was Stuart Townsend. Reminds me of that guy(forget his name, ironic huh) who chose to be the villain in Mission Impossible 2 instead of Wolverine in X-Men. Something Gregor or..Dougray Scott, that's it.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    biggusdickus

    by phifty2

    Read every King book once, most twice, but The Tommyknockers four times. It's one of my favorites. Why does everyone have a problem with it? I know King himself disses it but that means shit to me.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    And the thing about Eastwood...

    by phifty2

    ...King did model the character somewhat on The Man With No Name in his traits and personality but, if we can assume that the artists who draw Roland had to get approval from King on his look, he looks nothing like Eastwood.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:43 p.m. CST

    Put Clint Eastwood through some Tron-like CGI.

    by Smoke Monster Loves Kate

    Barring that, it has to be Viggo.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Zoe gets cast in all "beautiful black women" roles now

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Just like Ziyi Zhang gets cast in all "butt-kicking Asian chick" roles. I love Zoe (and she's a talented actress, to boot), but seeing her name floated for EVERY ROLE that requires a black actresses is getting old.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:05 p.m. CST

    The Dark Tower series really isn't all that....

    by Orbots Commander

    and I'm saying this a huge Stephen King fan. The first book was fine, and would have been better served as a one-off. I tried to get into the books that followed, but had to put them aside. They're not that good. Also, those that keep suggesting Clint Eastwood are delusional. The Clint that did Pale Rider back in the '80's? Sure. Director Clint that's 80 years old now? Not so much.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:23 p.m. CST

    The perfect Jake Chambers

    by flax

    is Nathan Gamble. In case you don't know who I'm talking about, he was the kid in The Mist and Commissioner Gordon's son in The Dark Knight. The kid's actually a really terrific actor – the emotions he displays are totally convincing, and I never once found him annoying in the slightest, the way child actors often are. He's even got the blonde hair down, and thanks to The Mist, he's already got experience starring in Stephen King adaptations – as well as experience working with Frank Darabont, whom I really, really hope gets involved in the later Dark Tower instalments. Gamble's twelve years old right now, so he'll probably be thirteen by the time they start filming The Dark Tower – the perfect age for the role of Jake, more or less. Ageing from thirteen to sixteen over the course of a series is much less noticeable than ageing from twelve to fifteen, so I'd be cool with that. It will be one hell of a missed opportunity if they don't cast him.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:25 p.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie, Julian McMahon, Peter Krause

    by Flip63Hole

    get some of my votes. I can't see Viggo as Roland for the life of me. Craig Sheffer or somebody random could work. Hard to say. Noah While, Aaron Paul, or that race-car driving handsome actor as Eddie. Who knows. I'm still hungover...

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 2:32 p.m. CST

    Josh Holloway IS Roland Deschain!!!!

    by WindSmak

    Not to mention, he'd be less expensive than both the other options, and has no other obligations at the moment. We know he can emote in a variety of different scenes and rolls (he played a con-man for pete's sake, a career that requires good acting!) Plus, he's already familiar with the TV side of things...Please Ron Howard, PLEASE cast Josh Holloway as the Gunslinger!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 3:53 p.m. CST

    agreed with orbots commander

    by nick_noltes_neckhair

    Stephen King is the guy who really got me to be a fiction reader, and The Gunslinger was pretty interesting, but the rest of the Dark Tower books, well, I had to quit reading them they just weren't good. And I really hate parallel universe stories that's just a quirk of mine. Alternate versions of characters etc. seem like so much of a cop-out. If you can't write a story in one universe maybe you should reconsider that story's merits.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Misha Collins IS Roland Deschain.

    by Peter David

    The gravelly voice, the intense stare. He looks good in a trench coat so he'd probably look even better in a duster. PAD

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:36 p.m. CST

    The black guy from "Community."

    by daggor

    Just kidding. I want Josh Holloway to be in SOMETHING soon. C'mon, Josh's agents!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Ron Howard??

    by toxictodd

    Bad Idea.....bad, bad, bad.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Jackie Earl Haley maybe?

    by theonecalledshoe

    not sure at all of the character but he looks like the cowboy in the drawing.

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:05 p.m. CST

    Please not Ron Howard!

    by the_scream

    His movies are all so heavy handed and obvious

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 5:48 p.m. CST

    Its a stretch but

    by Plaidreptile

    Liam Neeson would be great if he would do it

  • Sweeping genralisation, but back to the funny book's then guy's!

  • Jan. 1, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Josh Holloway would never commit to this

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    During the last season of Lost, he went on record saying he didn't want to tie himself down with a multi-year commitment to a television series, and wanted a shot at some big-screen roles (beginning with this December's Mission: Impossible 4). I seriously doubt he'd commit to the Dark Tower movies/TV seasons as they'd eat up ANOTHER five or six years of his life, and the guy's forty already. Besides, Holloway is too rogueish and charming for "Ol' Long, Tall & Ugly".

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Josh Holloway?

    by LesterB

    Look, he's very charming and rogueish and all that, but the man can't act his way out of a paper bag. Casting him as Roland would be the equivalent of casting William Shatner in Cool Hand Luke. TV stardom and interesting presence do not a good actor make. On the other hand, I kind of think Tom Selleck is an inspired idea. What else does he have going on?

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 4:05 a.m. CST

    David Gemmell's 'Jerusalem Man' trilogy is worth a look

    by BiggusDickus

    ...if, like me, you couldn't get on with this series, but like the general idea of alternate reality cowboys, wizardy and general post-apocalyptic naughtiness... Just sayin'.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:11 a.m. CST

    you know what is a good way to confirm fans worst fears

    by smackfu

    that you're going to horribly mismanage the franchise? Considering Javier Bardem for Roland.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:39 a.m. CST

    biggusdickus you ain't wrong

    by Simon Butler

    I stuck with it because for some perverse reason I felt obliged, but everything you said is on the money. Trite, cliched writing of some of the worst kind with nothing of the man who was once the Master of Horror literature. The "trick" ending was lame, it smacked of a man who just could not think of how to finish his opus so leaves it up to "interpretation". The Dark Tower books were some of the final nails in the coffin of my King reading days, finished finally with Cell. I should have known that anyone who gave the world The Colorado Kid and claimed it to be a Crime Novel was caught up with his own hype. Time to move on, there'll be other, better authors.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Clint Eastwood

    by Peter David

    Would actually be a good choice as Roland's father in the flashback sequences. PAD

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Beat Takeshi as Roland.Mark Ruffalo as Eddie

    by jah_kingdom

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 12:33 p.m. CST

    An unknown

    by maxjohnson1971

    would be the way to go. Cast a guy and lock his ass in for the whole thing. No way you are gonna get a Vigo or Bardem (or ANYONE with some work in the pipeline) to sign on for something that could take up to ten years or so to complete. I say search for a new guy that fits the role and make him commit to it.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    TV series, too?

    by Keith

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    TV series, too?

    by Keith

    Doesn't anyone think that the extra commitment of starring in a year-long TV series might end up being way to big a commitment for some of the more A-list people?

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST

    Dear AICN talkbackers

    by smackfu

    99% of you have such terrible, terrible casting ideas, it's honestly mindblowing. And you guys are supposed to be movie aficionados. It's embarrassing. Did someone just say Mark Ruffalo as Eddie Dean? Bruce Willis as Roland? You guys are on. fucking. crack. Here's the basic criteria for Roland; He's old and weathered. Mildly handsome in spite of looking like an old shoe. Thin and wirey. Mean as shit. The kind of guy you know you shouldn't fuck with the moment you look at him. It's a very specific look. It's the Clint Eastwood, Lance Henrickson, Stephen McHattie look. Except those guys are all too old. So ideally, you want someone with that look, only who's in the age sweet spot where he looks like an old codger, but he's still nimble enough to do action, and won't die before the series is finished. Misha fucking Collins? From Supernatural? Throw yourself off a bridge please. All I can say is thank God there are good, dedicated casting directors out there. Because you guys all cast like you're Fox executives, whoever you think is pretty gets the role.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 1:48 p.m. CST

    I know who should play everyone.

    by flax

    Roland Deschain = Viggo Mortensen Eddie Dean = Jared Leto Susannah Dean = Zoe Saldana Jake Chambers = Nathan Gamble The Man in Black = Peter Stormare Walter o'Dim = Christopher Walken Randall Flagg = Jamey Sheridan Marten Broadcloak = Gary Oldman Maerlyn = Alan Howard The Crimson King = Christopher Lee Jack Mort = Philip Seymour Hoffman Enrico Balazar = James Caan Calvin Tower = Tom Hardy Aaron Deepneau = Kieran Culkin Gasher = Andy Serkis The Tick-Tock Man = Ron Perlman Blaine the Mono = Clancy Brown Little Blaine = Freddie Highmore Steven Deschain = Daniel Day-Lewis Cort = Brendan Gleeson Arthur Eld = Clint Eastwood Cuthbert Allgood = Joseph Gordon-Levitt Young Roland = Logan Lerman Alain Johns = Sam Rockwell Susan Delgado = Kat Dennings Eldred Jonas = Sam Elliot Father Callahan = Donald Sutherland Ted Brautigan = Anthony Hopkins Ralph Roberts = Christopher Lloyd Dandelo = Tim Curry Mordred Deschain = Cillian Murphy Young Stephen King = Joe Hill King

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    I think Viggo would rock the role, but...

    by heks

    I wouldn't mind seeing his LOTR co-star, Sean Bean, take a shot at playing Roland.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 3:59 p.m. CST

    "did everyone who disliked this series not even finish it?"

    by nick_noltes_neckhair

    Why after struggling through several novels worth of this series by an author I normally liked would I continue reading thousands of pages of something I am obviously not going to enjoy? We gave it a fair shake by any reasonable standard.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Why not Nathan Fillion?

    by antonphd

    The guy is just as good on the big screen as he is on my iPad.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 6:48 p.m. CST

    GIMME DARK TOWER!! and cast VIGGO, or JIM CAVAIEZEL

    by BILLY

    After seeing Jim in that sci-fi film from a year ago, I ALWAYS thought of him as ROLAND too. Shit, he might be better than Viggo...

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:15 p.m. CST

    FYI: KINGS LATEST "FULL DARK NO STARS"

    by uberman

    I hated the DT series after book 4, Cell was OK at best, but this latest book of short stories, " FULL DARK NO STARS" is simply completely and utterly AWESOME! Loved it! Best KING since 'BAG OF BONES' and maybeye up there with his classics fer sure. Read it-Its great.

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie FTW

    by Kaladrax

    That is all!

  • Jan. 2, 2011, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Harry Callahan

    by MrShootist

    'nuff said.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST

    Viggo, all the way

    by Glen Hall

    Perfect casting choice if you ask me, couldn't see anyone else doing it that's the right age range (I always thought a younger Gary Oldman would have been just as perfect, if not more so) I saw someone mention Timothy Olyphant for Roland, and while I think he's great (currently addicted to Justified) I could see him as Eddie, which would have the added bonus of placing him outside of his usual comfort zone as the gritty frontman with a gun. Love the idea of Aaron Paul for Eddie and Avatar girl as Susannah. Who'd we want for Flagg? Oldman always comes to mind for these kinds of roles, but I'm curious what everyone comes up with

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 12:47 a.m. CST

    My votes for Viggo....

    by Tommy-boy

    but with that being said,I think trying to adapt these movies is going to be a huge mistake. Sure the series mails it in after Wizards &Glass,but overall I thought the series was great. Also the way they plan on doing it(unless its changed since then)making the first one a movie,then telling the rest of the tale thru a television series is a even bigger mistake than it is to even adapt the fucking thing. Whatever,whadda I know?

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 1:40 a.m. CST

    My Cast

    by Henry Fool

    Rolland- Michael Fassbender<br /> <br /> Susannah- Rutina Wesly (True Blood)<br /> <br /> Eddie- Joseph Gordon Levitt (I love Aaron Paul but he's not the only guy out there and is probably the most typecast for the role)<br /> <br /> Flagg- Russell Crowe (he hasn't really played a true villain since Romper Stomper)

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Eddie ... Ethan Hawke

    by MaelstromZa

    I mean, who else? It's perfect.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 4:34 a.m. CST

    Ethan Hawke

    by Tommy-boy

    yeah thats a pretty good one..i also like the idea of Tara from True Blood for Susannah.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 8 a.m. CST

    I vote for Viggo.

    by SunTzu77

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 9:28 a.m. CST

    Ka-tet casting

    by WiscoJoe

    Viggo would be great, but I also can picture Ed Harris or Josh Brolin. Javier Bardem would be interesting, but frankly I'd rather he spend his acting talents on something a bit more highbrow. I pictured Detta/Odetta as a bit older when reading the novels: Angela Basset or Viola Davis. Eddie: Ryan Gosling, Casey Affleck or JGL. Jake is going to be tricky as the character isn't supposed to age over the course of the novels, but the films will take near a decade to complete. Howard is going to have a major "Walt" problem on his hands unless they can find a fullgrown actor that can look and act 12. Man in Black: A different actor each time the character appears. And Stephen King needs to play himself.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Guy Pierce! Jonathan Tucker for Eddie.

    by drewbcool

    Guy Pierce is so perfect for Roland! I've been saying that for years. How about Jonathan Tucker for Eddie? I like it!

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I totally agree: Hugh Laurie

    by Tee

    Hugh Laurie has the acting chops, can be grizzled and gruff, and has the LOOK. And let's remember, Roland has "blue bombardier's eyes."

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 12:01 p.m. CST

    ROLAND:PLAYED BY... MEL GIBSON!

    by uberman

    Perfect Casting. Make it So!

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 12:29 p.m. CST

    Mel Gibson

    by homer40

    I have to say, it sounded crazy at first, but Mel would be great. Now if only we could replace Ron Howard with Mel, we would be on to something.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 1:02 p.m. CST

    How to do the Dark Tower:

    by Rob

    Viggo, Hugh Laurie or Guy Pearce as Roland. Any would be good. Perhaps a bit young but it would work. Eddie: He is pretty young in the stories (early twenties) I guess you could stretch the actor to early early 30's but that's pushing it. I would love Aaron Paul but first and foremost they should try for JGL. Eddie: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Susannah: Susannah was in her mid-to-late twenties in the novels. Zoe Saldana get's thrown around a lot and maybe that's the right answer. I'm not sure she has the gravitas for it however. Sanaa Lathan is an OK choice. But for me, since Angela Basset's too old it has to be Susannah: Taraji Henson Jake can be played by whatever 10-year old they find in 2013. Randall Flagg: Jeremy Irons <br></br> PLOT: First and foremost, they need to remove the King meta. Any references to King and writing the books needs to be taken out. Why? The meta in DT has to do with King's car accident but also the creation of the story through writing. While many may find this difficult, it actually isn't. They still can get Roland and the Ka-tet to the key world in the 1970's through another plot device. They still can set up the Tet Corporation and work the Calvin Tower storyline if they so choose.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 2:56 p.m. CST

    Roland is described as looking exactly like

    by MAD_MIKE

    Stephen King. with that in mind, I would go with Jim Caveisal. I would also double cast him as Stephen King and just make both characters look slieghtly different. Eddie Dean needs to capture a wide range of emotions from Junkie to recovered and strong. James Franco is my choice. 2nd choice is Ben Foster Jake; could be played by the kid from The Mist, or the kid from Finding Neverland. Susannah Dean could be played well by Vivica A. Fox. Yes she could do it. 2nd choice Thandie Newton. The Dark Man, Randall Flagg, would be older than Roland, and should exude Evil as well as that off center charm. so I say, Ian McShane. I would cast E.G. Marshall to play Father ? (Whatever his name was in Salems Lot. With the exception of James Franco, all of these people would be eligable for the type of commitment that this would require, including TV. It has to be on network or cable network television. That way it can get the widest audience possible. Premium channels like HBO limit the audience.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    ITS GOTTA BE MEL GIBSON.

    by uberman

    He makes perfect sense and its what we and he both need: Redemption on the Silver Screen.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Braindrain...

    by maxjohnson1971

    I totally agree on Sutherland, but like I said before, I can't see someone like that committing to such a huge project. He'd kick all kinds of ass though. Like the Mel Gibson idea as well.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Oh, and for Susanna...

    by maxjohnson1971

    Paula Patton. Beautiful AND talented.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie or...Kevin Bacon!

    by Birdbearharefish

    I'm pleased to see other sage AICN denizens throwing Dr. House's name into the hat - he's got the look and the acting chops, IMO - but I still think that Kevin Bacon is the man for the role. And not just because his last name is Bacon. He has the blue eyes, the growl, the angular and slightly weathered features, and (I think) the acting chops to pull it off.

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 11:37 p.m. CST

    And in support of my last comment...

    by Birdbearharefish

  • Jan. 3, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    ...wait for it...

    by Birdbearharefish

    http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/bacons-boy-has-bond-in-his-sights_1086053

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 12:05 a.m. CST

    How has no one said this?

    by musically_endowed

    Brian Cranston would be an awesome roland. father figure, check. bad ass, check. sickly, check.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Thandie Newton???!?! ha ha ha ha ha

    by CarmillaVonDoom

    The worst "actress" currently not getting work in Hollywood. Her "performance" in "W." was an embarrassment. The girl from True Blood is also a terrible terrible performer, the main weak link of a finely cast show.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5 p.m. CST

    Are they really going to be able to cast

    by The Dude Abides

    a major star for three or four films and two to three seasons of TV? Normally, I don't like to talk shit about a project in the works, but this whole thing seems like a terrible idea.

  • Jan. 4, 2011, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Oh please God

    by shran

    Don't let Ron Howard screw this up. I have been reading the series for the past month and am finishing up Song of Susannah. I have been totally loving the ride so far and for the life of me cannot figure out how they are going to successfully translate it to film. But man, am I driving every one around me crazy by using all the fun little turns of phrase used in the books. If it do ya'. I say thankya'.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 10:26 a.m. CST

    Timothy Olyphant

    by auraboy

    Agreeing with those. Put a touch of grey in his hair and he has that 'long, tall and lean' look that Stephen King kept on about (well until he made Roland his time-twin which given King looks like a giant gerbil kinda ruined the image of a cold-eyed killer). Check out any of the stills from Justified or Deadwood and Timothy Olyphant would rule it. Plus he could take the grey out and get away with playing a 'younger' Roland in the Book 4 flashback events (alright he can't play 15 but they could go with a young Roland of indeterminate age). I just hope they don't feel like sticking to the books in the last 3 zone. The first four books (even with number 4's slipups) seemed to be building towards some big-ass storyline, which is then thrown out in the final 3 books. I mean if they get to the Dark Tower and it's just some crazy guy on a blacony throwing smoke bombs of it, the level of anti-climax is a bit fucking harrowing.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 11:29 a.m. CST

    I Couldn't Get Past The First Book Because It Was Really Awful

    by NeonFrisbee

    I know everyone says it gets really great around book 4 or whatever, but book 1 is SO AWFUL, I never felt compelled to read further.

  • Jan. 5, 2011, 5:44 p.m. CST

    ROBERT PATRICK

    by andus74

    Before you dismiss it think about his bombardier eyes, his gravelly voice, and the fact that he is a tremendous actor (he may also be a bargain in the payroll dept as well). He's the right age. Viggo is good, but we've seen him in the epic hero role. Clint is impossible. And please think a little deeper than the token black actress...Zoe Saldana is much too young. Aaron Paul is a pretty good actor, but seriously can you maybe be a little more creative than picking the dictionary definition picture of a junkie? ROBERT PATRICK IS THE GUNSLINGER!!!