Javier Bardem Has Officially Been Offered Lead Role in 'Dark Tower'
Yesterday we heard some surprising news about who might lead the anticipated adaptation of Stephen King's Dark Tower series. While Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem were considered frontrunners, the same source who brought those names to light also discovered that Christian Bale had become the top contender. Well, apparently Universal Pictures thought otherwise as Deadline reports that Bardem has officially been extended an offer to play Roland Deschain, the 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.
Obviously some fans are going to be pissed, especially the ones who were so adamant that Viggo Mortensen step into the lead role. On my end, I think Bardem is a phenomenal actor. After all, he's already won an Oscar for his work on No Country for Old Men and just received another nomination for his performance in Biutiful. However, we've yet to see Bardem disappear into a role where we don't hear traces of his Spanish accent. In addition, people will also probably be upset since a Spanish actor is playing a non-Latin cowboy. However, since the studio is apparently looking at Jennifer Carpenter to play Susannah, they may not be using the character's races as they exist in the series as an unbreakable trait for the film adaptation.
Deadline does point out that Christian Bale was definitely in the running, but apparently with Bardem, "formal negotiations haven't yet begun, there's a high level of enthusiasm internally that they've got their cowboy." This offer may also explain why Mortensen just now took a role in Snow White and the Huntsman. For now I'm on the fence about this decision until we get a look at Bardem in costume and hear him speak in a trailer.
However, it sounds like that will be a long way off as AICN heard from a source that the film is being planned for a May 13th, 2013 release, but because the scripts aren't done, a budget can't be calculated and a greenlight hasn't yet been given. But apparently Universal remains supportive and we'll likely see this project get off the ground by late summer or early September. Otherwise, I'm sure you all have a lot to say about this news, so sound off below! What do you think of Javier Bardem is Roland Deschain?