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Aaron Paul has met with Ron Howard about a main role in Stephen King's The Dark Tower

01.21.2014

There are few things I am as passionate about getting made into movies as THE DARK TOWER. Stephen King's magnum opus is a sprawling science fiction/fantasy/western/horror/romance/drama/adventure that defies categorization and transcends almost everything the man has ever written. We have been teased for years at the potential for a big screen adaptation, most recently from director Ron Howard and writer Akiva Goldsman. At one point, both Russell Crowe and Javier Bardem were linked with the lead role of Roland Deschain, but since the film has entered development hell, we have only had the occassional reminder from Howard that it is still on his plate.

Rumors have been heard linking Aaron Paul to the role of Eddie Dean, Roland's friend and member of his ka-tet that must travel to the titular Tower to save all worlds from the evil that is the Crimson King. Dean is a junkie who gets clean through the series and is a major role that would require acting chops that we all know Paul has. But, is it just a rumor?

Ain't It Cool News interview Paul and asked him about the role of Eddie Dean in THE DARK TOWER and Paul did not deny it. In fact...

I've had a ton of meetings on that. I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show, 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.

My jaw is on the floor after hearing this news. Many may write off a junkie who gets clean as being far too similar to Paul's BREAKING BAD role as Jessie Pinkman, but Eddie Dean is a completely different character and one that Paul could knock out of the park. This is a very exciting development.

It is also interesting to note that Aaron Paul mentions it is still planned to be a trilogy of films with television series to flesh out the other major segments of the narrative. This could mean that everything is lining up for THE DARK TOWER to be put together before the end of the decade. I have waited this long, what is a few more years?

Extra Tidbit: THE DARK TOWER remains one of the single most influential things I have read in my entire life.

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4:49PM on 01/21/2014
This guy is really wasting no time getting his film career stated. And he's off to a great start.
This guy is really wasting no time getting his film career stated. And he's off to a great start.
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5:08PM on 01/21/2014

This news made my day

Even though it is potentially a rumor, I really want this to come to fruition. The Dark Tower is probably my favorite series of books. I've read them numerous times and am actually currently reading the 5th book now. I'm always hoping more news about The Dark Tower adaptation will show up on this site to let me know the project isn't dead. Like I said, this news made my day.
Even though it is potentially a rumor, I really want this to come to fruition. The Dark Tower is probably my favorite series of books. I've read them numerous times and am actually currently reading the 5th book now. I'm always hoping more news about The Dark Tower adaptation will show up on this site to let me know the project isn't dead. Like I said, this news made my day.
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5:10PM on 01/21/2014

Good...

it's time for him to move on from saying "bitch" constantly.
it's time for him to move on from saying "bitch" constantly.
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5:33PM on 01/21/2014

Good choice

I always saw Aaron Taylor-Johnston pulling off Eddie. Seems more the right age (Eddie's supposed to be in his early 20s) .
I always saw Aaron Taylor-Johnston pulling off Eddie. Seems more the right age (Eddie's supposed to be in his early 20s) .
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6:11PM on 01/21/2014

Great fucking actor

Put him in anything and I'll be interested
Put him in anything and I'll be interested
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7:03PM on 01/21/2014
a near perfect choice for Eddie.or even a young Roland. or, hell, anybody.
a near perfect choice for Eddie.or even a young Roland. or, hell, anybody.
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7:21PM on 01/21/2014

Aaron Paul is perfect for Eddie.

Now cast Bryan Cranston as Roland and we'll all be happy. :)

I know, I know, it'll never happen. Hell, I can dream, can't I?
Now cast Bryan Cranston as Roland and we'll all be happy. :)

I know, I know, it'll never happen. Hell, I can dream, can't I?
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7:29PM on 01/21/2014
As a fan of both The Dark Tower and Breaking Bad this would be awesome, awesome casting. When I first saw the headline I thought I "Aaron Paul as Roland Deschain.... I don't know" but he fits Eddie Dean perfectly. Sadly I'm still skeptical that this film will ever see the light of day.
As a fan of both The Dark Tower and Breaking Bad this would be awesome, awesome casting. When I first saw the headline I thought I "Aaron Paul as Roland Deschain.... I don't know" but he fits Eddie Dean perfectly. Sadly I'm still skeptical that this film will ever see the light of day.
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7:54PM on 01/21/2014
He's going places, bitch.
He's going places, bitch.
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9:11PM on 01/21/2014

Thumps down me all you want, I'll get on with my life.

I love the Dark Tower Series, one of my favorites. Breaking Bad is good and Aaron Paul is a great actor but just don't think he is right for the part. Just like I think Russell and Javier are great too but also don't like the casting choice there. And they need to stop trying to make this into a movie and tv show and just make it into a tv show on HBO. Maybe I'm being picky but I think people are just all about this because he was on Breaking Bad. Not to take away from how awesome Aaron Paul
I love the Dark Tower Series, one of my favorites. Breaking Bad is good and Aaron Paul is a great actor but just don't think he is right for the part. Just like I think Russell and Javier are great too but also don't like the casting choice there. And they need to stop trying to make this into a movie and tv show and just make it into a tv show on HBO. Maybe I'm being picky but I think people are just all about this because he was on Breaking Bad. Not to take away from how awesome Aaron Paul was on Breaking Bad. Do I think it's a terrible pick, no but just don't see him as Eddie.
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10:32PM on 01/21/2014
Books 1 and 2 were pretty epic. I loved the lone gunslinger / dark knight thing. Then he got this ka-tet posse and it went all downhill from there. 'Ole Ramblin' King placed so many elements under and on top of each other it groaned under it's own weight. But Jessie as Eddie is good for me.
Books 1 and 2 were pretty epic. I loved the lone gunslinger / dark knight thing. Then he got this ka-tet posse and it went all downhill from there. 'Ole Ramblin' King placed so many elements under and on top of each other it groaned under it's own weight. But Jessie as Eddie is good for me.
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2:29PM on 01/22/2014
considering king wrote the series over a 30 year period, though, is it any wonder it wanders left and right? a lot of series lose focus after 4 or 5 years
considering king wrote the series over a 30 year period, though, is it any wonder it wanders left and right? a lot of series lose focus after 4 or 5 years
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