Javier Bardem is about to close his deal to play gunslinger Roland Deschain Ron Howard’s “film trilogy and two TV season” adaptation of Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” at Universal Pictures reports Deadline.
Bardem emerged as the favourite back in January after rival candidate Viggo Mortensen dropped out due to his commitment to “Snow White and the Huntsman”. Despite Mortensen having left that project as well, he won’t be coming back to this.
Bardem’s representatives are putting the finishing touches on the deal and Howard is now casting other roles around him. The deal has taken so long to lock down due to its complicated nature – it requires the actor to star in the feature film and the TV series, and includes options for the two sequel films proposed.
The story is set in alternate world that resembles the Old West but with magical elements, and focuses on the last member of an ancient order of “gunslingers” and his quest toward a tower that’s a nexus to various universes.
The production is being handled by the same team that adapted Dan Brown’s “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons” – Akiva Goldsman writing, Brian Grazer producing and Ron Howard directing. Shooting on the first film aims to kick off in September.