Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Bardem Tapped for The Dark Tower

MTV is reporting that Javier Bardem has been chosen to play the role of Roland Deschain for The Dark Tower trilogy and TV series. The information comes via Brian Grazer, producer on the project along with Ron Howard.
“Javier Bardem, that’s what we’re hoping. We’re in the process of trying to put that together. He’s locked in psychologically. He really wants to do it, so we’re absolutely rooting for him to do it.”
Grazer also reiterated the plan of a movie, TV series, movie, TV series, then final movie along with video games and the like for the project. The last bit is that it does seem the films will start in chronological order of the books.
"It's challenging to capture all of it, the density of it," he said, adding that he's excited to explore all the metaphors involved, and that the first story they're exploring is that of "The Gunslinger."
Just be aware that this means Bardem is the first and most wanted choice but there are contract details, salary and more that have to be worked out in advance. If those details can't be worked out they may have to move onto another choice. Chances are small of that occurring but the casting doesn't really become "official" until the contract is signed.