Aaron Paul Has Met with Ron Howard About Role in 'The Dark Tower'
by Ethan Anderton
January 22, 2014
This week while promoting his film Hellion (above) at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, actor Aaron Paul revealed an interesting tidbit of news about a gestating, ambitious project that just can't seem to get off the ground. AICN sat down with the "Breaking Bad" star to talk about his latest indie, and interviewer Eric Vespe decided to mention that Paul would make the perfect Eddie Dean in an adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, with Ron Howard trying to make it work. Vespe said, "I know it's typecasting a little bit, but you'd be my choice for the part." And Paul responded, "Thank you. I've had a ton of meetings on that."
Wait, what? Paul continued:
"I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of ['Breaking Bad'], which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They're definitely planning on making it.
I'm excited. Their goal is to do three films, but also have a television element to it, which will be very interesting. From what I hear, Eddie Dean is a pretty epic, iconic character."
Paul hasn't read all of the books, so he's not as knowledgeable on the character yet as fans of the series might be, but it sounds like he would make quite the perfect bit of casting for the role. Of course, this doesn't mean his involvement in the project is official or anything. Meetings don't necessarily denote a done deal, but since Paul is meeting with Howard and has had several meetings about the project, that's a pretty good sign. Howard has been trying for years to get this project to come together though, and no studio seems willing to touch the ambitious blend of films and a TV series, but maybe the Marvel and Disney model has changed some people's minds. Do you want Aaron Paul as Eddie Dean?