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The last word on Ron Howard’s upcoming adaptation of Steven King’s Dark Tower series was that Javier Bardem had been offered the movie’s lead role, that of the gunslinger Roland. At the same time he was also offered a lead role in the next Bond movie. Still no official word on which part he’s chosen but the latest from Dark Tower producer Brian Grazer makes it sound like he’s going to end up in Dark Tower.
Talking to MTV over the weekend Grazer made the very confusing statement that Javier is “locked in psychologically” to playing Roland. Does that mean he’s signed on the dotted line? Probably not. Grazer continued, “He really wants to do it, so we're absolutely rooting for him to do it.” And then later when asked if they are working on casting any of the movie’s other major roles he said, “We're really just focused on Javier right now.”
Bottom line here is that they definitely want Bardem and it sounds like Bardem is sort of on board even if he’s not a lock yet. I think most Dark Tower fans, however, will tell you that he’s really not a fit for the part. Javier Bardem is a fantastic actor but Roland is pretty definitively described in the book as being very much like a young Clint Eastwood, and when it comes to that, Bardem’s not even close. Personally I’m still hoping someone will wake up and hire Timothy Olyphant, but that hope is growing fainter by the second.
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