Aaron Paul Has Met with Ron Howard About Role in 'The Dark Tower'

January 22, 2014

Aaron Paul / Dark Tower

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?

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3 films and a TV tie in? Sounds messy for such a deep and rich story that spans 8 books 7 of which are over 400 pages.

Brian Sleider on Jan 22, 2014



Avi on Jan 22, 2014


I would say that he's pretty typecast for the role of Eddie Dean, a recovering junkie, with weak willpower and a bit of a coward to boot....sounds a lot like Jesse Pinkman.

TheOct8pus on Jan 22, 2014


Typecasting? Absolutely. A brilliant choice anyway? ABSO-EFFIN-LUTELY. He has Eddie Dean written all over him. Deal with it, bitches!

Jaycer17 on Jan 22, 2014


I appreciate the dedication of Ron Howard to go on with his battle to make movies what for allot of people to much is to comprehend... It's a true big endeavor to make 3 movies from 8 books! He must be a expert on the material to have so much faith in the final product!

Avi on Jan 22, 2014


I believe the original plan, which seems to still be 'on' since they mention a TV element....was to do 3 films with seasons of TV in between. Like, a film, then a season of TV, then the 2nd film, then a season of TV, then a 3rd film. Ideally incorporating seasons of television into the mix would allow them to adapt more of the story. Marvel has done a solid job of telling a big story across multiple films and has introduced the television series 'Agents of SHIELD' that weaves between the narratives of the films. Meanwhile, HBO has set a pretty high bar with what can be achieved quality-wise with a TV show with Game of Thrones. So if they can get the right backers on board to make this happen, I'll be all for it.

Chris Groves on Jan 22, 2014


it is possible when they make 3 movies and a TV show going deeper in the material! But it's a difficult story to sell! A gunslinger who opens doors to other world's to find a dark tower... It sounds indeed like the Lord of the Rings but that's a classic book with allot of followers! The dark tower hasn't that reputation... But I hope Ron Howard can do it!

Avi on Jan 22, 2014


Ah i see........................interesting.

Rock n Rollllll on Jan 22, 2014


He'd be friggin' perfect for Eddie. This is brilliant. Much better than Javier as Roland.

Van Bard on Jan 22, 2014

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