Javier Bardem & Viggo Mortensen Top Choices for 'Dark Tower'?
While director Ron Howard recently opened up a little more about the upcoming unprecedented adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series, we're now starting to get into the big news with this film and TV crossover. Treat this as a rumor for the time being, but the NY Post is reporting that Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men) is the top choice to play Roland Deschain, last living member of a knightly order of gunslingers, and humanity's last hope to save a civilization that will crumble unless he finds the Dark Tower. And if he's not up to the task, then apparently Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises) is a close second.
Both the actors have an intimidating presence and have dabbled in the western genre before. No Country for Old Men is certainly a modern western and Bardem was quite a force to be reckoned with in the Coen Brothers' flick. As for Mortensen, films like Appaloosa and Hidalgo prove that he would have no problem saddling up for this major production. This role will be quite the undertaking for any actor who signs on since the adaptation includes three films and at least one season of television (the second season of television between the proposed second and third films is a prequel story, so a different younger actor could easily step into that role instead). These two are pretty great choices for Roland Deschain in my opinion, but let's not get too excited until we hear something official. Who would you like to see as Roland Deschain?