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Looks Like Javier Bardem Is Roland Deschain!

Nordling here.

Deadline is reporting tonight that  Javier Bardem is closing on a deal for him to play Roland Deschain, the Last Gunslinger, in THE DARK TOWER trilogy, as well as be in the television show that will run between the films.  I think this might be a first in a large-scale production like this - a television series that runs between each film release, with the series between films 2 and 3 being a prequel.  I'd imagine that part of the TV series would cover the events of WIZARD AND GLASS, and since the characters in that are younger, I don't think they would be casting Bardem for Roland in that except in brief moments.

According to the article, the deal isn't finalized yet, but it's close, close enough for Ron Howard to be looking at other actors to play Jake, Eddie, and Susannah, as well as the Man in Black and the various other characters.  Bardem's a good choice - there's a real nobility and a sense of gravitas about him, but as we've seen in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN he can play someone who is prone to violence at a moment's notice.  I'm not sure that this kind of adaptation would be able to get the entire scope of Stephen King's saga, but that may be a blessing.  I think this may be a case, as in LORD OF THE RINGS, that a completely loyal adaptation of the story may not be in order.

Now with the major casting hurdle out of the way, Howard can concentrate on the other actors to fill out the rest of the cast.  But it looks like THE DARK TOWER saga is indeed coming to screens both large and small.

Nordling, out.

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  • April 6, 2011, 8:22 p.m. CST

    I really need to hurry up and read these books

    by ltgalloway

    I want to get caught up before a movie hits theaters. I've heard great things.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Ecstatic about Bardem, Not happy about Howard

    by edaz

    But oh well. There's no chance at a change in director.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Good casting.

    by D Ropaela

    Now if Howard would cede the director's chair to someone with a little more vision and balls, then we'd be talking. But then again, maybe this is the project that reveals Ron Howard's inner visionary.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Good casting.

    by D Ropaela

    Now if Howard would cede the director's chair to someone with a little more vision and balls, then we'd be talking. But then again, maybe this is the project that reveals Ron Howard's inner visionary.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:32 p.m. CST

    Dada Chum, Dada Chuck...

    by frank

    These movies are for sure gonna suck. Not necessarily because of Bardem, though. He could potentially be OK.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:37 p.m. CST

    Fuck you guys, this shit is excellent.

    by Sardonic

    Javier fucks ALL your asses. Then goes ass to mouth. Bitches.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:39 p.m. CST

    great, so, this will be a foreign film then

    by Mysterious_Volvo

    unorthodox given the source material, but, hey, lets go with it.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:40 p.m. CST

    A missed opportunity.

    by bdc777

    I would have preferred if someone other than Ron Howard were directing this. This is my favorite series from my favorite author, and I just can't see the hackneyed mediocrity of Opie Cunningham having anything but a negative effect on this. It seems that Apollo 13 was the last great thing he's done. Ever since then he's just been lazy. This project would have been so much better had it just been done as a long series on HBO. They could have just done the entire series from start to finish. Also, I like Javier Bardem, but I think this would have been the perfect vehicle for for Terry O'Quinn as Roland. His quiet resolve and determination as Locke on Lost would have served this story well. I'm just going to hope for the best, but expect the worst.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:50 p.m. CST

    No no no no no no no no no

    by 11ZOMBIES

    This project is all but dead to me now. Bardem is a great actor, but he's no Roland of Gilead.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    I would have liked Kurt Russell or Kevin Bacon

    by Bobo_Vision

    Or any tall, gaunt American white dude with leading man qualities. That said, I'm willing to give Bardem a chance. He's got the inner darkness that the two I mentioned don't quite have. I've accepted the fact that Stephen King adaptations (for the most part) will never live up to our expectations, but I'm happy that people have a go at it. It's better than nothing at all. I'm halfway through watching The Stand for the first time on instant netflix, and while the acting is bad sometimes, I still find it pretty entertaining and Rob Lowe and Gary Sinise are both pretty good in it. Even the guy playing Randall Flagg is good...and whatshisface from Robocop.... <p> I'm liking it, and that's surprising me because I've heard so often that it's total shit. Just the opening crawl of all the dead bodies in the research facility while "Don't Fear the Reaper" played in the background was a nice touch, IMHO.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:55 p.m. CST

    Hmm....not sure about Javier

    by Lynchmob81

    I think Guy Pearce is a much better choice....I can't wait to see Wizard and Glass though. I think that was the best of the series.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:56 p.m. CST

    11zombies I concur wholeheartedly

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Damn. Disappointing. This whole project seems off now.

  • April 6, 2011, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Remember that Roland Has an Accent

    by Rob

    He can't say aspirin, instead 'astin'. I like Bardem for this. The only other guy I wanted to see was Guy Pearce.

  • April 6, 2011, 9 p.m. CST

    Bale as Roland was promising

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Maybe he's perceived as a bit too young. Michael Fassbender woulda been cool. Hell I'd take Hugh Jackman in this role over Bardem. Willing to be open minded. But....damn.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:04 p.m. CST

    Like Bardem, but NOT as Roland

    by dead youngling

  • April 6, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    I hate to be "this guy"

    by Kammich

    I'm usually never the one to complain about AICN showing up late to dinner, but hasn't this been known for nearly 4 months now? I mean, maybe the tidbit that he's "finalizing talks" could be construed as news... but I remember there being concrete reports that Bardem was the sole choice for Roland, like, prior to Christmas. Anyway, I had always pictured a weathered antihero like Kurt Russell as well, but to anyone complaining about the race of the character... just go back and read "Wizard and Glass" again. Look at the names. Look at the attire. Look at the other suggested scenery and cultural ties. It is VERY LIKELY that King intended Roland to be of a long-removed Hispanic lineage. Not to mention, Bardem is just a complete and utter badass, so I like the casting no matter what. Still hugely unsure of the format, the director, and the writer... but give Jack Huston as Eddie, Taraji Henson as Susannah, and Bill Nighy as Flagg and I'll be a lot more confident.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Clooney has passed away

    by Daniel2010


  • April 6, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    Good choice. He's an amazing actor.

    by Dharma4

    I'm surprised he wants to do this, considering his filmography so far.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:10 p.m. CST

    It's alright I guess.

    by Juggernaut125

    But, after watching 'Rango', I kinda would've liked to see Timothy Olyphant get the role.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:11 p.m. CST

    well, here's my question......

    by yubnubrocks

    How do you cast the role of Jack (the "kid") and not have him obviously get older during the series (a la Walt in LOST). Do you just get different kids? Film it all at once?

  • April 6, 2011, 9:14 p.m. CST

    For the love of God

    by maelstrom_ZERO

    ...will someone please pick a better director than Ron Howard? I mean, it's not like I want to give the guy a chance. But given the history of the quality of King adaptations, and the overall immensity of the material, wouldn't it be a good idea to hire a really, REALLY good director instead of the guy that directed the Da Vinci Code? And Javier Bardem is okay, I guess? I actually haven't seen anything he's been in, so I'm not sure if he's a good choice or not. I should probably watch No Country for Old Men sometime soon.

  • But Roland is not from Mejis. Roland is supposed to be a Clint Eastwood type. Still, I think Bardem could be alright.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Also, stfu daniel2010.

    by frank

  • April 6, 2011, 9:25 p.m. CST

    Good point, frank

    by Kammich

    Wikipedia says that Mejis would be roughly 500 miles away from Gilead, so you're probably right. Although, I suppose, that could still pose some sort of Southern Mexico-to-Southern Texas correlation, but who knows. Either way, I just think more people should be open to a non-caucasian as Roland

  • April 6, 2011, 9:42 p.m. CST

    It is all about the eyes

    by Jonathan

    What makes Bardem all wrong for this role is his eye. There are dozens and dozens of references throughout all of the books about Roland's piercing blue eyes. Bombardier eyes. His icey stare is a huge part of his character. Bardem has very dark eyes, and unless they creepily cgi them I can not see him as Roland of Gilead.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Not that big a fan...

    by Marshal_Lannes

    ...of the Dark Tower book, but I am a big SK fan and know enough about DT fans to know that this news is going over like a turd in the punchbowl.... Gonna get ugly in Dark Tower land....

  • April 6, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST

    I'm against this being made in any form

    by ImperialMarchFace

    other than books. Some good books should just be good books. But whatever, I'll totally see them. The comics are actually pretty good... AARON PAUL for EDDIE!

  • April 6, 2011, 9:54 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    AGREE - as ridiculous as it seems, that's a good bit of why I have a problem with this casting. I don't think anyone posting here has a problem with Bardem's acting capability, so much as he just seems so very.. off, atleast regarding how Stephen King has described Roland to us - and how we all probably have atleast a fairly similar picture of the man in our minds. Hopin for the best, but man - it just seems like this movie has everything going against it so far.

  • April 6, 2011, 9:58 p.m. CST

    Dumb sh@t

    by IKilledSuperman

    Way too messy and uneven to make a trilogy of movies, and they expect to even add several tv-series in between? A bit insane, if you ask me. Uups, right. Nobody asked me, LOL.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Bardem should be the Man in black, DUH.


    Anyone who thinks this is good casting is shitarded. This was doomed from the beginning with the hiring of Ron Howard. This should be Frank Darabont's baby as he is the only one to ever get King's world right. Viggo's the way to go.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST


    by montessaurus

    Just like "Watchmen". Well.. technically it can be done - if you wanna tarnish the legacy of the source material a little bit. Still haven't made it all the way through that film as it stands - BUT I DIGRESS. Really, I can't imagine why this project is being even considered film-material in light of the disastrous ending. *NO SPOILIORES* As much as it was killin me, the wait between "Wizard And Glass" and "Wolves Of The Calla".. man, Steve - I wish you would have just kept me waiting. Like, NEVER EVER STARTED WRITING THEM AGAIN kinda waiting. Yeesh.

  • looks just like fucking Roland Deschain does in my mind. He might not be a big enough name to carry a franchise, but he'd have had the look down

  • April 6, 2011, 10:10 p.m. CST this sucks.

    by Cap'n Jack

    Bardem can't fake an American accent for one thing, Roland ain't from Spain. He's based on classic, Clint Eastwood style cowboy.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Good choice! But who is Flagg?

    by Durendal

    Bardem is an excellent choice for Roland. He's got the grit to pull it off. But who would Flagg be? Hell, you could almost have casted Bardem as Flagg instead. Bill Nighy wouldn't be a horrid choice, but I don't think he's quite right for it. I'd almost think Andrew Divoff, but maybe he's not quite there. It's a tough one.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:48 p.m. CST

    This project seems misguided

    by In Action Man Reborn Requiem

    This really belongs on HBO or AMC. Ditch a theatrical trilogy. Howard and Company need to realize that TV is no longer "slumming". Cable TV is now the place where adults go to tell adult stories. Bardem is one our finest living actors but, I think he is miscast as Roland. You solve your Jake/Walt problem by casting a teenage girl in the part. The right actress with somewhat masculine features could pull it off. Linda Hunt won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "The Year of Living Dangerously" where she played an Indonesian man.

  • April 6, 2011, 10:56 p.m. CST

    Would have preffered Viggo Mortensen...

    by Lucky13

    But Bardem is a solid choice. Maybe they can get Viggo for The Man in Black?

  • April 6, 2011, 11 p.m. CST

    He's great but I don't see him as Roland

    by Chuck_Chuckwalla

    Viggo I can see as Roland. Bardem would have made a great Conan.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:01 p.m. CST

    Does it matter? The last 3 books suck balls

    by gooseud

    so really, who cares? Bardem looks nothing like how Roland is described in the books (that would be Daniel Day Lewis), Thats the least of this series's problems, the primary one being that King had no idea how to finish the series and so just whipped out a half assed 3 book ending to shut people up.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:10 p.m. CST

    Can't be done.

    by MaxTheSilent

    I wish eveyone involved would have the class that the LOST guys did and just admit that it can't be done.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:14 p.m. CST

    What the hell is that new Harry animation?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Looks like an orange version of the 7-UP spot sans sunglasses and playing a guitar. Huh?!

  • April 6, 2011, 11:27 p.m. CST

    nasty in the pasty

    by Juggernaut125

    You should check out the movie 'Better Off Dead'. Very funny stuff (if a bit dated).

  • April 6, 2011, 11:44 p.m. CST

    yeah theres no way that will work out


    it sounds like they are trying to do too much. there is no way that you could expect equal levels of quality between the tv and movies and also for this to run between films with editing and separate production crews. Im guessing this will be one shitty movie and then no sequels or shows because the movie is bad. thats my guess anyway.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:49 p.m. CST


    by Smack_Teddy

    prove me wrong

  • ...he certainly has the skills...maybe he'll look the part if he loses a bunch of weight. Howard isn't ideal, but I'm rooting for him. He has a lot of solid movies behind him...maybe this will be an opportunity for him to cut loose and get his freak on. I really like the movie + TV combo idea. I think that's all I have to say, except that legless Odetta is going to be tougher to film than to write.

  • April 6, 2011, 11:57 p.m. CST

    horrible casting

    by LethargicJ

    It truly makes no sense whatsoever. Not a knock on Javier. He's great. But he's completely and utterly wrong for this part. His look, his age, his accent, everything is 100% wrong.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:07 a.m. CST


    by RockHardTobascoSlimJim

    Everybody wants some!!

  • April 7, 2011, 12:16 a.m. CST

    Michael Biehn

    by windomearle39

    For Roland please...and Kiefer Sutherland for The Man In Black.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:25 a.m. CST

    Why Don't They EVER ...

    by HongKongCavalier

    ... ask Stephen King? The failed abortion that was The Stand mini series should be a warning to anyone associated with this project. Molly Fuckin' Ringwald ...

  • April 7, 2011, 12:26 a.m. CST

    i still think JIM CAVAZIEL has the look of Roland I imagined

    by BILLY

    Seriously, I can't stress enough how much I appreciate Javier Bardem as an actor...he's just fucking great. but he's not the roland i imagined. regardless, we can all judge once shit gets official and so on.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Damn, Jim Caviezel would have been AWESOME

    by 3D-Man

    Good call idrankyourmilkshake2

  • April 7, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    RIP George Clooney

    by zillabeast

    Was never the biggest fan, but still, a career well done.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:57 a.m. CST

    Hugh Laurie was robbed, I tell ya.

    by Flip63Hole

    One screen test and he would have nailed it. Don't let "House" pigeonhole the guy!

  • April 7, 2011, 1:04 a.m. CST

    He's a good actor, but uh...what? "All tings serve da beam"

    by SirGaryColeman

    How is he gonna deal with his accent? Has he ever been able to totally hide it in a film? Not that I know of. Roland with a weird "american" accent ala No Country for Old Men? Hilarious.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:09 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah ~ the "Mad Men" guy would have been nice

    by Flip63Hole

    He's close to looking how I see Roland. Some other good suggestions here, too...

  • April 7, 2011, 1:11 a.m. CST

    This will never be made...

    by Bill Clay

    There is no way that 3 films and a TV series will ever be made of The Dark Tower. As much as I love King, he just doesn't have the popular appeal to pull in the numbers needed for such a large scale film franchise. Some studio executive will come to their senses soon and either kill this project or scale it way back.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:12 a.m. CST

    Bardem in NCFOM was not NOT an American accent...

    by Sardonic

    The Coen Brothers specifically told him NOT to do a perfect American accent, in order to make him seem more more unsettling/exotic. We have yet to see Bardem to do a true American accent.

  • Javier is many badass things, but a young Clint Eastwood he is not.

  • Additonal awesome by Jack Slater 4

  • April 7, 2011, 1:25 a.m. CST


    by JackSlater4

    Picture Javier Bardem playing a descendent of King Arthur with blue eyes who looks like Clint Eastwood circa ManWithNoName. Oh, I'm sorry, Did I Break Yo Concentration!?

  • gotcha bitch What I mean to say is... I'mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Baaaaaaaaaaaaack!

  • April 7, 2011, 1:27 a.m. CST

    unless I get shitcanned again

    by JackSlater4

    in which case I'mmmmm really baaack

  • April 7, 2011, 1:35 a.m. CST

    So obvious it should have been Paul Reubens...

    by MagicJesus


  • April 7, 2011, 1:58 a.m. CST

    thankee sai

    by JackSlater4


  • April 7, 2011, 2:13 a.m. CST

    Harry Animation

    by RomeroZombie

    Reminds me of the fantasy kitchen scene in Better Off Dead.When the burger comes to life to the tune of Van Halens "Everybody Wants Some!

  • April 7, 2011, 2:29 a.m. CST

    Make sure Roland has the Horn Opie

    by CharyouTree

    this is his last time around the Wheel and the final iteration of his story. You can change what you want then.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:42 a.m. CST

    It's better to have a lesser known actor than star power in this role

    by Dr. Egon Spengler

    I just couldn't buy any big name actor in this role. Sometimes, for these sweeping epics, it's better to go with the lesser known types. Still not sold on this guy, however.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:40 a.m. CST

    The books got a little too "meta" for me when *SPOILER*

    by 3D-Man

    Stephen King himself appears in the story. As a character. As a CHARACTER.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:53 a.m. CST

    I would love Joseph Gordon Levitt as Eddie

    by BadMrWonka

    but I think he's too big now to do it. I second Aaron Paul, but with Breaking Bad going strong, with maybe 2 more possible seasons, I don't see how he could do it.

  • April 7, 2011, 4:06 a.m. CST

    King paniced when he was run over that time.

    by V'Shael

    And he rushed the series to completion and the books suffered as a result. I wish he'd written them in a panic, just so his estate could have something in case he died. But then he should have sat back, and done the books PROPERLY. Because yeah, the meta-King was all sorts of fucked up. And not in a good way.

  • I don't think he'd be a good fit for the character and I also think he'd get bored halfway through. As much as I love ron Howard, you can't deny he is the personification of Hollywood and Bardem never seemed to like Hollywood that much.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:38 a.m. CST

    Love Bardem, but not sold on him in this role

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

    Anyone who's seen "the Proposition" would hopefully agree with me that Guy Pearce would make the best choice for Roland of Gilead. What's got me worried about this project is Ron Howard. He just doesn't have the darkness in him for this sort of story. What does Opie Cunningham know about a quest for vengeance? The darkest movie I've seen him do was "the Missing" and it SUCKED.

  • April 7, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST

    The Perfect Eddie Dean

    by Scarecrow237

    My vote for the perfect Eddie Dean: Nicholas Brendon. I can't read the books without hearing his Xander like wise cracks.

  • April 7, 2011, 6:59 a.m. CST

    I Still Desperately Hope This Whole Thing Falls Apart

    by Crow3711

    Seriously. This is going to be a colossal fuckup. Ron Howard is not appropriate for this material. How does he not know this? Makes me think hes a selfish dick.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:05 a.m. CST

    Guy Pierce

    by mosley

    no doubt should have been Guy.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Just because he was in No Country for Old Men as a killer doesn't mean he will make a good Roland. As much as I liked his presence in No Country, he seemed half retarded and the furthest thing in my mind from a Gunslinger. This is bad casting and as a whole it's a bad endeavor. I don't trust Howard in bringing this series justice... And Jim Cavaziel is a HORRIBLE choice. Jesus Christ the guy is too soft.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:15 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

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    by Darth Busey

  • April 7, 2011, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Boohoo, I'm a whiny fanboy!

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    "Oh noes! Javier Bardem isn't 100% exactly like my own personal mental image of a character I didn't even create and have no artistic stock in! Wahhhhh, the film makers should have consulted with me on every little detail." Get a life assholes. Bardem is great and is gonna kill in this and you all know it and if you dispute it you're a troll and/or the stupidest motherfucker in all the universe.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:21 a.m. CST

    I quite like the Michael Biehn idea...

    by Stegman84

    Especially now that he looks a bit more rugged and has aged past his 'hollywood handsome' looks. Plus the dude has acting chops. Would have been great to see him or someone of that ilk as Roland. Of course I'm sure the producers and studios are far more interested in what they can sell as 'star power' than making sure they cast the roles appropriately, so no way was an out of left field casting like that ever going to happen. Unfortunately.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Cold Indifference

    by Gunslinger1919

    That's what got Bardem the role. He exuded cold indifference in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and it is that same trait that Roland sometimes exudes...leaving Jake behind in GUNSLINGER for example. I could NEVER have seen Viggo or anyone else leave Jake behind...but Bardem...yeah...maybe... --G

  • April 7, 2011, 8:26 a.m. CST

    also this

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    For those crying out that Viggo should have gotten it I have this to say: You fucking fools. You know exactly what that would have looked like and exactly how it would have played out and it would have been boring. Bardem makes you sit up in your chair and go "Really? Iiiiiinteresting. Yes, iiiiiinteresting."

  • April 7, 2011, 8:32 a.m. CST


    by Spudwick30

    I'm soo sick of people whinning about the last three books - which were awesome by the way - and I quite enjoyed the ending. King even mentions not to continue reading after ***Spoiler*** Roland enters the doors and after Susannah leaves Mid-World. ***End SPOILER*** But some of you did anyway. So shut Up!. Oh by the way ***ANother SPOILER*** It would make sense for him to start over from scratch - proving Ka is a wheel constantly turning - since he treated most of his friends like garbage in the beginning. I've always had a feeling that collectively - in general...and especially this country - people have bad taste when it comes to good story telling. That's why on this talk back so many people complain about The Dark Knight.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:36 a.m. CST

    ...oh and dark tower movies will suck...

    by Spudwick30

    unless done on Showtime or Hbo. I prefer STARZ

  • April 7, 2011, 8:39 a.m. CST

    Okay but can we talk about THE MIST?

    by spacehog

    Because I just finally saw the film adaptation last night and I sense I missed a lot, a LOT, of discussion when this was in theaters. What's the general feeling about the new ending? I'll avoid ruining it for anyone who hasn't seen it yet, but my immediate reaction as the credits rolled was to turn on the director's commentary and go straight back to that last scene. You know how when a dog poops somewhere he shouldn't, you drag him over and stick his nose in it? This was basically how I felt--I DEMANDED that Darabont acknowledge and justify what he'd done. After listening to his explanation and sleeping on it, though, I'm not sure how to feel. Not so furious I guess. But I can't get over the feeling I've been cheated.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:43 a.m. CST


    by Koyaanisqatsi

    I quite liked Darabont's new ending. King is on the record as saying the new ending is so good he wishes he would have come up with it himself.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by Kammich

    I was thinking EXACTLY the same thing, re: Urban. In fact, when JJ Abrams was still attached to the project about 18 months ago, Karl Urban was my #1 choice for Roland(having worked with Abrams on "Star Trek"). He may be a bit young, as you said, but the trailers for "Priest" NAILS the visual of Roland that I had in my head.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    End of The Mist Had Giant, Swinging Pendulum Balls

    by Crow3711

    Loved it. The end of the book isn't nearly as good in my opinion. The movie ending is a real ending, has massive balls, and is incredibly untypical of Hollywood I couldn't believe what I was seeing in theaters. **spoilers**. He shot his 10 year old son in the head!**spoilers** I'm not sure why you would feel cheated or mad about it. I love that movie and ending. Pulp, camp fiction fun at it's finest. And Tom Jane fucking owns.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:54 a.m. CST


    by Rob


  • April 7, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Re: The Accent

    by Kammich

    I agree that the thought of Bardem's spanish accent coming through is a little disconcerting, but I'm confident for two reasons: 1) The filmmakers have obviously considered this, and they wouldn't be eyeing him for the role if they saw it as a legitimate problem 2) No one knows what the "high speech" sounds like, so a broken American accent might be exactly what fits for the part, really. And re: the last 3 books... *SPOILERS FOLLOW* do they live up to the rest of the series? No. But thats because "Drawing," "Wastelands" and "Wizard and Glass" are 3 of the best fantasy books I've personally ever read. It was nearly impossible for the following 3 books to live up to the previous books. But personally, I thought "Calla" was a really easy, fun read with some cool genre imagery(although, admittedly, the "sneeches" and Dr Doom outfits for the Wolves were ridiculously lame). "Song" was the only one that I really didn't care for, but it served mostly as filler so it didn't peeve me too much. And the final book was awesome, in my opinion. Yes, Flagg and the Crimson King both go out like BITCHES. But seriously, that ending is a complete sucker punch of awesome. The entirety of the 7 book series tries to show you how much of a selfish prick Roland is, essentially sacrificing everyone he's ever cared about in order to reach an ultimate goal that might not even exist. So when he gets there, realizes that the entire Tower is one big "fuck you" to him, and that he has to live his entire, miserable life all over again... well, its a damn ballsy creative choice that still manages to leave the reader with a little optimism that Roland may eventually figure out that his friends and loved ones are more important than the pursuit of the Tower.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:06 a.m. CST


    by Stegman84

    Personally I hated the ending, because it was so damn telegraphed that I saw it coming a mile away. And a downbeat ending doesn't work dramatically if you can see it coming and know how every beat is going to play out before it does. As a result, that ending had no effect on me whatsoever, and I found it rather tired, not to mention cliched, and absolutely paint by numbers in it's attempt at a "shocking conclusion" (tm.), something that I don't expect from someone as talented as Darabont. Apparently it works for some people, and that's cool, but it didn't work at all for me, and frankly annoyed me in it's clunkiness and laboured execution. And while I'm all for downer, tragic or doomed endings where apprpriate to the story being told, this one was just so cookie cutter in my opinion that the only way it could have been any worse and any more stereotypical is if he suddenly woke up and it was all a dream...UNTIL HE TURNED HIS HEAD AND REALISED IT WASN'T AFTER ALL!!! Personally, I would have rather the film had an ending more akin to The Thing, where they are all pretty clearly doomed, and you can assume that they likely are, but you never really know or get to see what happens next. That way you could avoid all the fake dramatics and clearly telegraphed set ups. My opinion anyhow.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:08 a.m. CST

    The Mist

    by Kammich

    Nearing the end of the film, I was sitting in the theater thinking, "well this has been a fun, 70s-influenced monster movie romp. Not bad, Darabont." Then when that ending played out and the credits rolled, I began thinking to myself, "FUCK YES, DARABONT. You just pulled out your dick and slapped every filmgoer right across the face with it. YOU GO, BOY!" Loved it. Loved it. Loved it. Elevated an enjoyable--but probably forgettable--horror flick into one that I bought immediately on DVD. I was in a packed theater and I would say that 98% of the audience was appalled, with even a few shouts of "Are you fucking kidding me?" and "What a fucking waste of time!" But I just wanted to reach through the screen and shake Darabont's hand for having some fuckin balls.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:23 a.m. CST


    by NightArrows

    Agreed on all accounts re: The ending of the Dark Tower, and with regards to the Mist. Dark Tower's ending is fucking perfect. PERFECT.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:29 a.m. CST

    "Inspired casting"

    by blackwood

    I agree with this statement. Bardem is a really interesting choice. Of course I want him to get hard and lean and wear blue contacts. That done, I think Bardem can be a great, iconic Roland. He definitely has the chops.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST

    Crap I wanted Henry Winkler

    by Knobules

    This thing is going to be sht

  • April 7, 2011, 9:50 a.m. CST

    I seriously don't get the love for The Mist ending

    by Stegman84

    I mean the whole 'killing someone you love as an act of kindness only to find out that you didn't need to kill them after all' is one of the most tired and over-used 'shocker' cliches in all of horror fiction. And worse yet, Darabont didn't even do it very well or very effectively, and telegraphed it so widely that even a blind man could have seen it coming. It's just going to be one of those things that I'll never quite get the love for I suppose, kind of like how some people thought Blink 182 was actually punk, how others thought the Newborn Alien in Alien Resurrection "wasn't that bad", or why people continue to watch shows like Glee or American Idol, but nobody (almost) watches shows Kings or Terriers. I guess such things will just remain a mystery to me... But hey, again, in regards to The Mist ending, for some folks apparently it worked, so to each their own and all that.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:06 a.m. CST

    @stegman84 The Mist ending suuuuuuucked

    by MrBlonde47

    Anyone who like the film's ending obviously never read the book. I like Darabont alot, he did an amazing job translating Shawshank & Green Mile for the screen. However, the original ending for King's Mist was 1000% better and completely plausible for was just open, so Hollywood was afraid of backlash. Too Bad. I think Bardem is a great actor and I trust him to get Roland correct, accent/no accent is not important to me...though, my first choice when I heard they were filming was Clive Owen.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:07 a.m. CST


    by Dandelo_Bateman

    Tim Curry for Dandelo

  • April 7, 2011, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Good Presnece great actor but fucking WRONG

    by Katet19

    The Gunslingers to me always seemed very anglo Eastwood/King himself being the basis. That I can overlook, but someone better slap the dick out of Bardem's mouth. I never imagined cold ass dialog like "We Deal in Lead" being uttered by someone who sounds like Marlee Matlin. It's Wrong.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:15 a.m. CST

    Wow. This is going to be horrible.

    by JillianneSix

    Can Ron Howard not cast anything anymore? Tom Hanks was miscast in The DaVinci Code, and now he's doing this shit with Dark Tower? WHY? His fucking movies have been boring as hell and not even near faithful to the source material. He'll probably just end up casting fucking Paul Bettany for Eddie at this point. Ah, fuck it, it's going to suck anyway, so he can just go on and make whatever the fuck he wants. I'm not watching it at this point. Don't get me wrong, Bardem's a great actor, but he isn't Roland. There are five actor better suited to the role. Just....ARGH!

  • April 7, 2011, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Maybe "cheated" isn't the right word for The Mist but...

    by spacehog

    ...pulled out of the story for sure. I guess I just felt like Darabont was being an asshole. To me. Personally. And specifically, I felt like that full battalion showing up two minutes after Thomas Jane has to shoot everyone in the car was SO unlikely, was SO Twilight Zone-ish, that the author/director presence just felt too strong, when previously I'd felt completely absorbed in the story. I understand the idea behind the ending--that this guy has tried his hardest to do the right thing, but has failed on every level, and at the end he's denied even a death. He has to live with what he's done and knowing that just by trying his best to save his son, he's doomed him instead. I don't care for Darabont's suggestion of ambiguity that perhaps Ms Carmody was right in a twisted way--to me that adds nothing to the story, it's a meaningless thing to contemplate. But I get that everything Jane's character has done has been for naught and that leaving with that first woman, or just staying in the supermarket, probably would have saved them. I was completely with the film when he has to shoot everyone in the car. I mean, when his kid wakes up, right before the end? That got to me. That totally got to me, totally worked. So maybe I just desperately wanted a quick death for Jane's character at that point, and for him to get out of the car and realize he hadn't noticed a full battalion driving behind him and magically fixing just stuck me as too cruel, and as being SO unlikely that I couldn't help being pulled out of the story and being reminded that someone had written this. The hand of the author was stretching down into the film and punching Jane in the dick. I far prefer the novella ending. It has a touch of hope, just a bit, but it's hard to imagine they're NOT going to end up pulled over on the side of the road, getting shot or getting eaten. With everything that came before it feels inevitable. But you're still free to imagine some semblance of escape, even a temporary one. You know, maybe my problem with the movie ending is that the monsters are defeated at all. Anyway. Thanks to everyone for your thoughts on it. Sorry for the (still in the DT universe!) derail.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:28 a.m. CST

    I like the way this is coming together... so far.

    by Veraxus

    I actually agree with Harry on this one. The Dark Tower is one of those things that needs to HEAVILY adapted to work on film - and it could even be done in such a way as to make it complementary to the books (a film-based universe as opposed to a literature-based universe). As for the casting of Bardem - I love the guy, he's a brilliant actor and I will see anything with him in it, but I have to admit I never imagined him in this role. On the other hand, I never imagined Heath Ledger as The Joker, either - but gave him the benefit of the doubt because he was every inch one of the most amazing actors in Hollywood. So that in mind, I'm going to just accept it, knowing that Bardem will probably be so epically awesome that, after having seen him as Roland Deschain, I won't be able to imagine the Gunslinger any other way. Personally, I like the way this is shaping up, Ron Howard or no (and I love the idea of a TV series connecting the movies).

  • April 7, 2011, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I want Willow Smith as Roland

    by Knobules

    From the man who brought you Willow The Dark Tower starring ID4s stars kid Willow. "This is my dream project working with Willow Smith on a Stephen King story" .. ..Says Ron Howard reading from a card by M Night Shumadf;jdoings marketing hags

  • April 7, 2011, 10:56 a.m. CST

    and just like that

    by Katet19

    here comes Gael Garcia Bernal as young Roland.

  • April 7, 2011, 10:59 a.m. CST

    Billy Drago as Man in Black/

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Walter O'Dim/Ageless Stranger/Randall Flagg

  • April 7, 2011, 11:01 a.m. CST

    Dolph Lundgren circa MOTU

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    For the Tick Tock Man

  • April 7, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST

    Eddie Furlong, Robert Downey Jr

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    As Eddie Dean.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Actually Tommy Wiseau for Man in Black

    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    "You're tearing me apart Roland!!!!!"

  • April 7, 2011, 11:04 a.m. CST

    new uhura as susannah

    by pishowda

    and josh holloway for eddie dean.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    So we're going to have a Mexican Roland and a white Suzannah?

    by smackfu

    off to a great start. Let's make Eddie a chinese kid and we've got a trifecta.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST

    Eddie Dean

    by Katet19

    Downey Jr, Holloway, are both far too old to play Eddie they're much closer to Roland's age. Furlong is a fat wash out. Aaron Paul basically plays Eddie Dean on Breaking Bad, Joseph Gordon Levitt is also an excellent choice based on his work in Brick and Inception.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by smackfu

    Considering that the Dark Tower holds together every possible reality, and the doors travel between them, I didn't find it meta at all. It would be meta if he did it in any other story, but in this one, it fits perfectly.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:44 a.m. CST

    I'd love for this to kick ass

    by skycrapper

    but everything about it so far is just not that inspiring including this. Like Bardem, just not for Roland.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:47 a.m. CST

    Javier is the perfect Roland

    by osufan77

    As one of the people who has been reading this series since I picked up the first book WAY back in 1989, Javier Bardem is for me, the perfect Roland. What the naysayers need to understand is that Hollywood will make whatever parts, voice, hair etc. that doesn't currently look like Roland, eventually LOOK like Roland. Javier has the acting chops, and the coldest stare in Hollywood. Give him a hair cut, put some blue contact lenses in, and so help me God, Roland Deschain lives. I had to wait 25 years for this series to be completed and that's just from the time I picked up the first volume to completion. THIS is the best pick for Roland Deschain besides a 33 year old Clint Eastwood, which we all know we can't get. Very, VERY excited.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:48 a.m. CST


    by Marat

    Wincott or Henrikson would be cool though I don't know if Wincott's just doing indie and stage work lately. It's a damn shame, as he's one of the coolest guys to pop up in films randomly.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    Bardem will be good, but I've still got a bad feeling about this.

    by Starkiller1

    When I read NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, I pictured the villain as a skinny white man like Steve Buscemi, so I was skeptical when they cast Bardem, but he nailed it. I will give him the benefit of the doubt this time around. He's the right age, he can be a badass, but most importantly, he's got this sadness in his face that is perfect for Roland. Think of how many shots there will be of him just staring into space looking miserable. There are about 200 shots like that in BIUTIFUL. It would be better if he had blue eyes, but this could have gone much, much worse. Be grateful that we got a great actor for such a complex role. As for the "Roland is white" argument and the accent complaints, the rest of the characters often have trouble understanding him, and he should have very tan, weathered skin. What we should be concerned about is that they are looking at white women to play Susannah. Among the candidates they are looking at: Zoe Saldana (great), Naomi Harris (great), and Jennifer Carpenter (come again?). Carpenter does a fine job on DEXTER, but she's not up to this, and the fact that they are even considering white actresses to play a black woman with no legs is a grave indication of how easily this thing could go off the rails. I hear they are looking at Joaquin Phoenix and Idris Elba for Walter/Flagg. I am more open to a racial switch for Walter because he takes on different forms, and multiple actors could portray him. That, and Idris Elba is the absolute man. I haven't heard of who they are looking at for Eddie, but I agree with those of you who have suggested Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Aaron Paul. I would also toss Ben Foster into the mix, especially since we've already seen him sling like a motherfucker in 3:10 TO YUMA. The big problem, of course, is Jake, because that actor has to appear to be anywhere from 9-12 years old for the duration of the production, which could last for many years. With the casting of Bardem, I say so far, so good. The real problem is that the theatrical trilogy will inevitably be PG-13, and the TV portion will likely air on NBC. So basically, we're looking at an adaptation with no teeth. And Ron Howard, while a competent director (FROST/NIXON, A BEAUTIFUL MIND, and APOLLO 13 are all decent), is too wholesome. Maybe he'll surprise us, but I just don't think Opie has the balls to pull this off. I read that he has a sign on his desk that says, "It's badass, stupid". If he remembers that, and takes some chances, does some things that he feels might upset the unwashed masses, then ultimately, we will respect him for it. I just hope he really wants this, and that it wasn't Grazer pushing him to do a franchise. Howard turned down SPIDERMAN, he turned down HARRY POTTER, but he took on the Dan Brown books, and those films were disappointing. You know how to win us back? When someone gets raped by an invisible demon in DARK TOWER, don't forget to mention that the demon's dick felt like an icicle. Those are the ugly details we want to hear. Speaking of details, Akiva Goldsman did a poor job of adapting I AM LEGEND, which was about 170 pages. DARK TOWER is around 4,000 pages. He also wrote BATMAN & ROBIN. He is my biggest concern. If Howard and Goldsman blow it on the first film & first TV season, which will likely cover THE GUNSLINGER and THE DRAWING OF THE THREE, then I hope a daring auteur steps in for the second movie, which would probably cover THE WASTELANDS, when things get considerably more epic in scale. Here's hoping.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    The world has moved on.

    by darktowerjunkie

    Shaken and alone, enwrapt in the darkness, terrified of an ultimate meaning rushing at him, he gathered himself and uttered the final answer on that subject: NEVER!!!

  • April 7, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Clint Howard=Gasher

    by Rob

    Ya know it true.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:27 p.m. CST

    F*ck your mouths.

    by sai_justin

    If Bardem can drop the accent, he's perfect. Now we just need Ryan Reynolds for Eddie, & Sanaa Lathan for Susannah.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:28 p.m. CST

    And, If they cast Susannah white, I refuse to see this.

    by sai_justin

  • April 7, 2011, 12:31 p.m. CST

    So a fucking Mexican is playing Roland?

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    Fuck you Hollywood. This is horseshit. And I have nothing against Mexican's, it's just Roland isn't fucking Mexican. They describe him in the book as an aging white male. Even before this movie was in the talks I read the series and the whole time I pictured Hugh Jackman and Viggo Mortensen. Hugh just through the first book but the rest of the series I saw Viggo all the way through. And Eddie I couldn't help but see Sam Rockwell the whole time. This seriously depresses the shit out of me, I was so looking forward to this...

  • April 7, 2011, 12:34 p.m. CST

    But let me also ask...

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    So who ever is cast in the films, they will also be playing in the television series? I mean that would be cool but I can't picture big time Hollywood actors (if that's who's cast) jumping down to the small screen. That would be like, if Brad Pitt for example was cast as Eddie and was in the movie and then played in the television show. I mean I'd love it but I can't picture it happening.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    He pronounces certain words wrong because he's from a different world and has never come across such things as Aspirin, you fucking dipshit.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:41 p.m. CST

    re: But let me also ask...

    by LethargicJ

    Well I'd say Javier is one of the most sought after actors going right now and HE signed up for it. Also, the TV series are prequels concerning Roland's early days. The Wizard and Glass type stuff. So most likely a younger actor will be playing Roland. The movie cast will have limited parts in the TV section, probably only narration and book end scenes of some sort.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Ron Howard

    by Koyaanisqatsi

    I know I'm not the only one that thought Angels & Demons was an improvement over The DaVinci Code. Granted it was only on the order of going from being godawful to watchably forgettable. If the trend continues maybe the inevitable Lost Symbol adaptation might be right around decent.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Not the first time movies have bookended a TV series

    by SnootyBoots

    Back in the 60s when Cy Weintraub had the rights to Tarzan he had the grand plan of doing movies and TV concurrently. In 65 he set out to film 2 movies and then go into the TV series. While shooting the 2nd movie he decided to squeeze in a 3rd movie before going straight into the series. These were hard shoots with lots of misshaps. Mike Henry, the actor playing Tarzan, who had been a linebacked in the NFL, suffered a number of injuries running around the forests of Mexico and Brazil for a year, including having his chin nearly bitten off by a chimpanzee. He quit after finishing the 3rd movie and sued Weintraub. Supposedly, he refuses to even talk about these movies. Weintraub quickly hired Ron Ely and went right into the series without missing a beat. Ely didn't fare any better than Henry. NBC put out a photo of him with many arrows pointing to the various areas of his body that he injured during the course of filming. In some episodes his arm is in a sling due to a dislocated shoulder. The movies came out in the summer of 66, just before the series premiered in the fall, the summer of 67, between the 1st and 2nd season of the series, and the summer of 68, after the series had been canceled. None of the movies is very good, though the 1st one, TARZAN AND THE VALLEY OF GOLD, is kind of interesting for the obvious James Bond influences.

  • April 7, 2011, 12:57 p.m. CST


    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    last I read, and it was an article here, Howard said books 1-2 were movie 1, books 3-4 were the TV series, book 5 was movie 2, book 6 was the next TV series and book 7 was the last movie? So how would they work the old Roland into the show then?

  • April 7, 2011, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Joe Hill should play young Stephen King

    by JackSlater4

  • April 7, 2011, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Stephen King doesn't have to play himself...

    by Bill Clay

    And based on his few acting appearances, HE SHOULDN'T PLAY HIMSELF.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:14 p.m. CST

    There is still hope

    by Tuta23

    since it isn't yet a done deal. Don't ask me who should play Roland, I just know it isn't Bardem.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST


    by Mundungus

    This won't work.

  • April 7, 2011, 1:32 p.m. CST

    Ron Howard....

    by SlyAndTheFamilyStallone

    Is Roland gonna give Eddie one bullet to keep in his shirt pocket? Is he gonna take Susannah to that nice French place up in Mt. Pilot?

  • April 7, 2011, 1:35 p.m. CST

    Is the weed-eater from Tull...

    by SlyAndTheFamilyStallone

    ...gonna freely come spend the night in jail like it's his 2nd home?

  • April 7, 2011, 2:14 p.m. CST

    High Speech accent

    by metlhed420

    This Bardem thing could work, I mean, weren't there a ton of references to Spanish-based words towards the end of the story? I was initially worried about the casting, but now that I have contained my fanboy emotional response, it could work. Bardem can play a dude who's tough as nails. The beard scruff he grows can grate cinder blocks to powder. I'm willing to give it a shot. Worst case scenario, more crap to complain about.

  • April 7, 2011, 2:17 p.m. CST

    Shoulda went Daniel Craig

    by tradeskilz

  • Seriously? This is the description we're being given by Deadline? Can they even be trusted with this news when they can't even get the basic concept of the story right?

  • April 7, 2011, 2:52 p.m. CST

    terrible choice. not happy about this.


  • April 7, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Off topic, but is this a new meme?

    by Orbots Commander

    You know, mentioning real life celebrities and RIP, that they've died? Is that a new AICN 'thing', amongst talk-back, because frankly, I find it a dick move. So yeah, you, who chooses to write that: you're a dick-hole. Not classy, at all.

  • April 7, 2011, 3:05 p.m. CST

    orbots: it’s a new meme among douchebags.

    by frank

  • April 7, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST

    I don't see Bardem pulling this off EOM

    by David

  • April 7, 2011, 3:07 p.m. CST


    by hank_chinaski

    I'm currently reading the series (which is fucking great). I'm on Wizard and Glass right now. As I'm reading the series, the person I have in my mind as Roland is Tim Olyphant. I think he can fucking nail this role. He has the mannerisms for the gunslinger. Deadwood shows that he has the grit to Roland, and his character as Raylan in Justified allows for the lighter side of the toughguy gunslinger he can be. Plus He's at the right age and would be a lot cheaper than Bardem. Anyway. Thats who I see playing Roland in my mind.

  • April 7, 2011, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Tooter Fish. Clint Eastwood for Man in Black

    by Somerichs


  • April 7, 2011, 4:06 p.m. CST

    Steven King is the Jar Jar Binks of this series

    by 2soon2eat

    Steven King inserting himself into his own storyline was the Jar Jar Binks jump the shark momment. Bardem as Roland = powerfull failure now likely

  • April 7, 2011, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by Db

    I like Bardem as an actor, but count me in with those who said they can't see him as Roland. Given I was reading those books over the course of over 20 years, and it was Clint Eastwood in my mind the whole time, and it always will be. Bardem's just too... big and beefy. I picture Roland as a guy like a coiled snake, at rest, but ready to strike at a moment's notice. Old and dry and wrinkled but also lithe and fast and dangerous as fuck. I think Bardem might can pull it off, though, with ice-blue contacts and a thousand-yard stare. Don't know how they're going to pull off Jake, though. Maybe while he's temporally dislocated (or bifurcated, or whatever you want to call it), some weird aging thing happens, when he makes his way back to the ka-tet from New York? Otherwise, like the other talkbackers said, it's going to be a serious "Walt!!!!" problem of him aging. Aaron Paul for Eddie Dean? Hell yes. Zoe Saldana for Detta/Odetta/Susannah? Hell yes. But they're going to have to water down her... um... manner of speaking as Detta, which will come across as offensive on a television screen. And how about Frank Welker for the voice of Oy? I assume he'll be CGI, and I'm not suggesting Welker do the same voice as Uni from the old Dungeons and Dragons cartoon from the eighties, but something along those lines, perhaps less cutesy.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Bardem is not the look...

    by JR

    but can probably act the sh*t out of Roland. But hat happened to Viggo???--the most obvious choice! Why was Josh Brolin not considered? Josh Holloway is a good choice but too good looking for The Gunslinger and he is not a movie star. Eddie Dean - Aaron Paul or maybe Shiloh Fernandez. Joseph Gordon-Levitt could do it --he can do anything--but maybe too old? Remember Eddie is anywhere between 21 and 26 (King keeps fudging the continuity of their ages...) Susannah - Of course she needs to be black, otherwise, what's the point?! I think the white actresses we hear being discussed might either be: a) being confused with Susan Delgado (although I don't know why because she's only 16) or b) *SPOILER* - Maybe Mia will have a larger role in the series? Jake - can be anybody, as long as he's heartbreakingly good. Man In Black - Christoph Waltz might be alot of fun in that role, Terry O'Quinn (but again, not a film star) - Daniel Day Lewis??

  • April 7, 2011, 5:11 p.m. CST

    Terrible choice

    by Fritzlorrerains

    He is too short to be Roland!

  • April 7, 2011, 5:27 p.m. CST

    One thing that terrifies me

    by Kammich

    Is that an above poster mentioned an uncited article where Ron Howard may have hinted that "Wastelands" was going to be one of the TV seasons. God I hope thats not true. "Gunslinger" is a low-key set-up that introduces the characters and the world, and gives you an idea of Roland's character and motives. "Drawing" is the single-most important character piece of the entire series, but its not of a particularly broad scope, or an extravagent book overall. "Wastelands" is the book that takes the already established characters and world(s) and REALLY cranks it up to 11 on the "okay, this is batshit crazy" epic scale. WASTELANDS NEEDS TO BE A MOVIE. Its probably the only book in the entire series that could push a budget over $60 million dollars, and it deserves every penny. I think its the sole, decisive piece of the Dark Tower property that could decide whether Howard's plan sinks or swims. Relegate it to an NBC TV series and you're missing an opportunity to deliver a huge, summer-blockbuster-type of genre film that could cement the status of the film property.

  • April 7, 2011, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Clarence_Boddickers_Optometrist

    Yes, skilled actors are valued commodoties but the disappointment doesnt stem from Bardems credentials. Its that he doesnt possess the archetypical "gunslinger" qualities, especially appearance wise, especially for Roland Deschain. Acting chops AND the "right" look for a character needn't be mutually exclusive. Youre right to harp about a Clint-clone being a tired and of course impossible idea but anyone thinking Bardem is a superior/obvious choice over Guy Pearce, Bale, Michael Fassbender, or hell some unknow theater or Broadway actor isnt really being honest with themselves. Moot point now that Bardem is cast, but still....

  • April 7, 2011, 5:42 p.m. CST

    I agree about Wastelands, kammich

    by frank

    It would make the best single film of any of the books in the series. They should include the resolution of the cliffhanger from Wizard and Glass though. How I would do break it down: Movie 1: Gunslinger TV series 1: Drawing of the Three Movie 2: Wastelands TV series 2: Wizard and Glass Movie 3: Song of Susannah/Wolves/Dark Tower Since book 2 is kind of episodic, it might fit well into a TV series. I think the last three books could be edited to work as one film. Even though I like those books, I think there is a lot that could be cut out or abbreviated.

  • April 7, 2011, 6:21 p.m. CST

    franks_television & kammich

    by Starkiller1

    I agree with your breakdown, and that the last 3 books have the most disposable portions. Even so, what we really should be getting is this: Movie 1: Gunslinger TV series 1: Drawing of the Three Movie 2: Wastelands TV series 2: Wizard and Glass Movie 3: Wolves of the Calla TV series 3: Song of Susannah Movie 4: Dark Tower (MINOR SPOILERS) Basically, Mid-World should be on the big screen, and the more familiar environments (New York, Maine, etc.) would be a better fit for TV. I think what's going to muck it all up is that the filmmakers will see Book 1 as too slow and cerebral of an introduction to the story for the general public, and as a result they will cram Book 2 into Movie 1. I'd wager that Tull happens early, for example.(END OF SPOILERS) The problem with this, as kammich stated above, is that Wastelands needs to be on the big screen. They also keep mentioning how much they intend to draw from the comics. So I predict the following: Movie 1: Gunslinger/Drawing of the Three TV series 1: Wizard & Glass/Marvel Comics Movie 2: Wastelands (including resolution) TV series 2: Wolves/Susannah Movie 3: Dark Tower Realistically, that's the best way I see this going. Bumping the flashback portions before Wastelands isn't that bad, but it would mess up the development of Jake. It will be great to see this on the big screen, but I'd rather HBO had taken a chance on it, like they seem to have done with GAME OF THRONES.

  • April 7, 2011, 6:25 p.m. CST

    Take this note from STAR WARS

    by Starkiller1

    A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away... = The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed... Open with that over a black screen. Seriously, do it.

  • April 7, 2011, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Good ideas, starkiller.

    by frank

    That’s why we pay you the big bucks.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    'Hellow, Iyaam day gunsaalinger'

    by Darth_Inedible

  • April 7, 2011, 7:28 p.m. CST

    Dude is like 5' 2"..WTF?

    by biltbuckley

    FYI: Roland wasn't a fat midget. Ridiculous choice.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Lets stick with our day jobs!

    by Roger

    We all complain and complain when we hear casting for projects that are near and dear to us, but usually as we have seen many times, it works, THEY now what they are doing (except for M. Knight). Just calm down, sit back, relax, and enjoy the finished product.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:40 p.m. CST

    Still waiting for Quint's take....

    by Randall Flagg

    Wasn't he going to divulge some long conversation he had with Howard about who his choice was, once we had an official casting decision? I only ask because I got the distinct that Howard's choice was not Bardem. Mark Strong or Titus Welliver for Flagg. And I'm done here.

  • April 7, 2011, 7:41 p.m. CST


    by Randall Flagg

    *distinct feeling.

  • April 7, 2011, 8:48 p.m. CST

    Christian Bale is the better choice. Read the books you idiots

    by Punisherthunder

    Christian Bale is the more accurate Deschain character. Bardem is good, but not great though. Read the books and you'll see.

  • April 7, 2011, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Re:nasty in the pasty

    by MakNeil

    I think the animation is from the claymation scene from Savage Steve Holland's Better Off Dead (great soundtrack by Rupert Hine, Cy Curnin, Terri Nunn, etc).

  • April 7, 2011, 10:28 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    No matter who you cast, no film by Ron Howard is going to have the edge that many people expect for this story or even this genre.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:54 p.m. CST

    Wastelands was the series' peak. Fuck the last three books.

    by spire_walk

    (Some spoilers below) The last three felt like either someone else was writing or King was stoned off his ass, and not stoned in a cool way that provides haunting imagery. Book 5= Giant lumbering retards with huge breasts, wolves with lightsabers and Harry Potter Sneetches. No shit. The weapons of the wolves are actually referred to as exactly that. Book 6= Rush rush rush rush cliffhanger don't remember a goddamned thing other than Susannah being crazy again. Fuck Susannah, she was always the weakest goddamned link in the whole series with her fucking crazy multiple personalities. Book 7= Flagg, the coolest villain ever, whom we've only seen for 5 minutes Wastelands and another 5 minutes in Wizard and Glass, shows up again just to fucking die.... in five minutes. WHAT THE FUCK? "Oh, he's just a humbug and died befitting of his character..." Screw you. It took a thousand or so pages to bring him down in The Stand, requiring nothing less than the fucking Hand of God. And guess what, not even the hand of God could destroy him. Meanwhile, he dies in about 5 minutes flat when confronted by Mordred, a throwaway character that served no purpose whatsoever other than to kill Flagg and Oy? Fuck you King. The Crimson King is equally useless. What, he's locked out of the Dark Tower and is stuck on its balcony with a bag of Harry Potter sneetches??!!!!???? Killed by a retard with an eraser. And I agree with whoever it was above who said that Stephen King inserting himself into the story was the Jar Jar Binks moment of the whole series. It took you out of the story COMPLETELY. Stephen King turns his magnum opus into another guilt trip about how he got hit by a van. Never mind that the van incident has already been worked into On Writing, Dreamcatcher, and Kingdom Hospital. Enough is enough for Christ's sake. The guy that hit you was found dead, on your birthday, oddly enough. The ending with Roland stuck in a time loop is by far the LEAST offensive thing in book 7. Ron Howard cannot possibly fuck up the series any worse than King already did. If Howard just makes up a bunch of mediocre shit in its place he'll still come out ahead of King.

  • April 7, 2011, 11:55 p.m. CST


    by Randall Flagg

    That was Capone who talked to Howard, not Quint. My apologies to both of you. Still, would like to get both your takes on this.

  • April 8, 2011, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Spire_Walk is CORRECT

    by Yarlan Zey

    Thankee-Sai, you speak true. Your analysis is right on. Stephen King nuked the fridge with in the last three books.

  • April 8, 2011, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Spire_Walk, statue1

    by Marat

    I want to get into the series before the film is released. Anyway, skip the last three books or suffer through them? What do you guys recommend?

  • April 8, 2011, 2:15 p.m. CST

    Marat - Start from the beginning

    by Yarlan Zey

    Start from the first book and see how the story grips you. You may have almost no choice but to go on. As Roland says, "If god wills it, there will be water." It's Ka.

  • April 8, 2011, 2:50 p.m. CST

    As I said. Start this with Roland having the Horn

    by UGG

    and Howard can change all the problem's some people seem to have with the last few book's. This is Rolands last time round.

  • April 8, 2011, 3:28 p.m. CST

    NATHAN GAMBLE for Jake Chambers

    by flax

  • April 16, 2011, 11:43 a.m. CST

    The kid from The Road for Jake Chambers.

    by Dr. Samuel Loomis

    He's really the only young male actor of these days that can act. Especially dramatic. Not a lot of kids can truly act sad on camera. But he could also be badass. There has to be some badass underneath all that misery just wanting to break out.