Christian Bale Maybe Going from 'The Dark Knight' to 'Dark Tower'?
At the end of 2010 we found out that Ron Howard's ambitious interlocking film and TV adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series may have two frontunners to lead the project. Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen were reported to be the leading candidates 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. But now a new, more enticing name has apparently surpassed those two actors as the top contender for the job with New York Post reporting Christian Bale is in the running for the project.
If this turns out to be true, it's kind of surprising that Bale would be interested in taking on another franchise, especially since this project would require three feature films and one season of television (the season between the second and third movie is a prequel story and would likely have a younger actor as Roland Deschain). However, Bale is no stranger to westerns after his work in the remake of 3:10 to Yuma, and he's certainly got the right look for the job, so I'm behind this potential bit of casting 100%. In addition, NY Post also says Jennifer Carpenter ("Dexter") is one of the ladies up for the part of Susannah. If this casting actually comes together, it's certainly the first step in the right direction. What do you think?