This morning’s story about Christian Bale being the top choice for Ron Howard’s semi-vaporproject The Dark Tower confirmed something I had heard over the weekend. But it seems that what I heard (and what the NY Post reported) was wrong or premature or otherwise incorrect - Deadline is reporting that the role of Roland in The Dark Tower has been offered to Bardem*.
Whether Bardem takes the role is the next question; formal negotiations have not begun. But this is their number one choice, and I think it’ll raise more than a little controversy in fandom. It’s that accent - people see Roland as lily white in their heads, and the accent is really going to screw them up.
I think it’s a great choice, and I would love to see Bardem unleashing some badassery in this massive, sprawling story. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next.
* Deadline does say that Bale was in the running, though.