Javier Bardem vs. Viggo Mortenson: who will land the lead in THE DARK TOWER?

GATW Guest Writer

by: GATW Guest Writer
January 3rd, 2011

And then there were two. Cinematical has reported that the fight for the lead role of Roland Deschain in Ron Howard's film adaptation of Stephen King's western series, THE DARK TOWER, is down to two acting titans: Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortenson. Rumored names of the past, such as Jon Hamm, Hugh Jackman, and Daniel Craig have been discarded, and now the true race is on.

This is not merely a one film commitment. King's series spreads over many books and the plan is not only for there to be three films, but also two television seasons to bridge the gap. The same cast will be used in the television series and the films, though the character of Roland Deschain is young in the second television season, so there will be a bit of wiggle room. Still, this is a major commitment for any actor and is enough to make someone such as Bardem or Mortenson mumble "these films better be good, because there is a great chance that they will define me as an actor."

Bardem is said to have a slight lead at the moment, but that could change. Filmmakers do not need to be in a great rush quite yet, since the film is not due to come out until May 17, 2013.

Perhaps this series will finally make it official that the Western genre is back on the map, though these films will also have some fantasy elements. The genre seemed left for dead once Clint Eastwood decided to retire from his gunslinging persona after 1992's UNFORGIVEN. However, recent Western remakes such as 3:10 TO YUMA and TRUE GRIT have hinted that a renaissance could be on the horizon. I have no arguments with Mortenson or Bardem taking the lead on that charge...though Mortenson does make slightly more sense to me.

Other source Ace Showbiz

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