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Ron Howard considering Viggo Mortsensen for The Dark Tower's Roland Deschain

Dec. 23, 2010by: Paul Tassi

Well this would be a Christmas wish answered, but unfortunately it's not solid news yet. The LA Times has a rather lengthy piece with Ron Howard where they discuss the insanely ambitious Dark Tower movie/miniseries project he's helming.

Naturally, the issue of Roland Deschain comes up, who Stephen King blatantly modeled after Clint Eastwood gunslinger characters, though as much of a badass as he is, the man is far too old for the part. So who's next in line?

The character is a fan-favorite and Howard knows that the casting will be closely scrutinized. As this point in the process, most filmmakers would never engage in casual banter about the possible actors but Howard didn’t dodge the topic and nodded when names such as Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman and Jon Hamm were mentioned.

“Sure, those are some names and on ‘The Dark Tower’ fansites they’re all about Viggo,” Howard said, referring to Viggo Mortensen, who has plenty of appropriate experience — he’s roamed a desolate, otherworldly landscape in “The Road,” wore iron on his hip in “Appaloosa” and forever won over fantasy fans as Aragornin ”The Lord of the Rings” films.

Hmm so unprovoked, Howard brings up Viggo? I definitely think that out of every name considered, Mortensen is far and away the best pick. Watch THE ROAD and HISTORY OF VIOLENCE again if you disagree.

But I'll only celebrate when it all comes together, as this project would be a massive time commitment for everyone involved. I really do hope it's him though. Then get Joseph Gordon Levitt as Eddie and we'll be rolling.

Go here to read the rest of the Times' interview with Howard.

Extra Tidbit: I have no idea how you translate some of the latter events in this series to reality. Can you really break the fourth wall to that degree?
Source: LA Times

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4:01AM on 01/08/2011

Robert John Burke

It's too bad this project took so long to get going. In his prime, I think [link] would have been perfect. He's too old for the roll now, though.
It's too bad this project took so long to get going. In his prime, I think [link] would have been perfect. He's too old for the roll now, though.
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9:06PM on 12/25/2010
I think it's official. Viggo is being typed casted.
I think it's official. Viggo is being typed casted.
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2:10PM on 12/24/2010

i've read all the books...

numerous times, and i can tell you that every one here has valid points, and suggestions regarding who should portray Roland Deschain, Caviezel is too soft spoken, Roland needs a voice like gravel. Mortensen is to gaunt, and frankly if you've read the books the dude must have a resemblance to Stephen King, which, lol, may be an ampossible feat. It is an integral part of the story, the whole who is the potter and who is the clay aspect. I really think that animation is the key, you can even have
numerous times, and i can tell you that every one here has valid points, and suggestions regarding who should portray Roland Deschain, Caviezel is too soft spoken, Roland needs a voice like gravel. Mortensen is to gaunt, and frankly if you've read the books the dude must have a resemblance to Stephen King, which, lol, may be an ampossible feat. It is an integral part of the story, the whole who is the potter and who is the clay aspect. I really think that animation is the key, you can even have styles in animation change when there is a dimension jump or even black and white in deta's time. that sort of thing. But as it is, no actor will be good enough to portray someone who has a completely different look in our imaginations. personally I thought Jackman would have been a great choice, right height, build and look, just picture the Van Helsing look in a cool script.
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8:27PM on 12/25/2010
No way on Hugh. I've also read the books multiple times. Hugh is faar to0 young and handsome. remember, Roland could be over a hundred years old, but looking 50.

Of course the part was modeled after Clint eastwood, but that would be too perfect and inmpossible. I do agree with your idea about animation though.
No way on Hugh. I've also read the books multiple times. Hugh is faar to0 young and handsome. remember, Roland could be over a hundred years old, but looking 50.

Of course the part was modeled after Clint eastwood, but that would be too perfect and inmpossible. I do agree with your idea about animation though.
1:29AM on 12/26/2010
the dude that suggested Carrey is probably spot on.
the dude that suggested Carrey is probably spot on.
12:50PM on 12/24/2010

JIM CAVIEZEL

Seriously. He's the right age, the right build, "bombardier's eyes" and no stranger to action roles. Also, I would imagine he will be a lot less expensive and have a much more open schedule than most of the names being thrown around.
Seriously. He's the right age, the right build, "bombardier's eyes" and no stranger to action roles. Also, I would imagine he will be a lot less expensive and have a much more open schedule than most of the names being thrown around.
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2:21AM on 12/24/2010
nothing good has come out about this movie so far. sorry people who agree with this article, but Viggo is NOT the selection.

Jim Caviezel, maybe...
nothing good has come out about this movie so far. sorry people who agree with this article, but Viggo is NOT the selection.

Jim Caviezel, maybe...
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12:11AM on 12/24/2010
I'm not feeling Viggo at all. I'd take Hugh Laurie or Gerard Butler before Viggo. Daniel Day is the big name I like the most, but there's no way he'd take on this project...
I'm not feeling Viggo at all. I'd take Hugh Laurie or Gerard Butler before Viggo. Daniel Day is the big name I like the most, but there's no way he'd take on this project...
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8:28PM on 12/23/2010

He drops names like they'd agree to do it lol

I guess I'm an asshole, but I still have no hope for this. None.
I guess I'm an asshole, but I still have no hope for this. None.
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7:58PM on 12/23/2010
DANIEL FUCKING DAY LEWIS
DANIEL FUCKING DAY LEWIS
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6:31PM on 12/23/2010

Interesting

plkrtn mentioned Mr. Sutherland. I'd be cool with that. But I like Viggo. It'd be strange for him to sign up for so much. Does the studio really have that much faith in this movie? Will it be a massive hit?
But anyway, consider ETHAN HAWKE, Javier Bardem, Michael Bean, Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, or a young Bruce Campbell. would have been cool. Christian Slater would be...wrong.
plkrtn mentioned Mr. Sutherland. I'd be cool with that. But I like Viggo. It'd be strange for him to sign up for so much. Does the studio really have that much faith in this movie? Will it be a massive hit?
But anyway, consider ETHAN HAWKE, Javier Bardem, Michael Bean, Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, or a young Bruce Campbell. would have been cool. Christian Slater would be...wrong.
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6:31PM on 12/23/2010
I hope the TV portion is not on ABC. This has got to be on a channel that allows for adult situations. My favorite part of the series has to be the Dixie Pig.
I hope the TV portion is not on ABC. This has got to be on a channel that allows for adult situations. My favorite part of the series has to be the Dixie Pig.
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6:17PM on 12/23/2010

History Of Violins

Violence isn't bad. It's violins... Violins are BAD! That screechy music is gonna ruin the whole fucking country!

Oh, And, yeah...Viggo + Roland Deschain = Fanboygasm
Violence isn't bad. It's violins... Violins are BAD! That screechy music is gonna ruin the whole fucking country!

Oh, And, yeah...Viggo + Roland Deschain = Fanboygasm
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6:13PM on 12/23/2010

Imagine

How incredible it would be, if David Cronenber gwas directing this.
How incredible it would be, if David Cronenber gwas directing this.
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6:12PM on 12/23/2010
The only problem is, would Viggo sign up to 3 movies and 2 TV series and potentially a solid level of work for 4-5 years like this? I know Lord of the Rings from beginning to end took a similar amount of time, but Viggo's time on set was around 18 months including pickup and reshoots. This could literally swallow 4-5 years of his time.

Viggo is hardly a Keifer Sutherland, Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe or Charlie Sheen in his current stage of his career.
The only problem is, would Viggo sign up to 3 movies and 2 TV series and potentially a solid level of work for 4-5 years like this? I know Lord of the Rings from beginning to end took a similar amount of time, but Viggo's time on set was around 18 months including pickup and reshoots. This could literally swallow 4-5 years of his time.

Viggo is hardly a Keifer Sutherland, Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe or Charlie Sheen in his current stage of his career.
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5:09PM on 12/23/2010

...

I's sorry I love Vigo ! But he's wait to well knowed for this role. AND FUCK OFF TO ALL OF YOU (those who are agree with that news without having read the books) !
I's sorry I love Vigo ! But he's wait to well knowed for this role. AND FUCK OFF TO ALL OF YOU (those who are agree with that news without having read the books) !
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5:13PM on 12/23/2010
I hope Viggo will say no to the project.
I hope Viggo will say no to the project.
12:13AM on 12/24/2010
I'm sure Viggo cares what you think, Jackass...
I'm sure Viggo cares what you think, Jackass...
4:13PM on 12/23/2010

Err

I would love to see Viggo as Roland. I mean we know he can handle epic movies. On the other hand I see no way that Wolves of the Calla or Song of Susannah can be made live action. I always thought this series should be animated on HBO.
I would love to see Viggo as Roland. I mean we know he can handle epic movies. On the other hand I see no way that Wolves of the Calla or Song of Susannah can be made live action. I always thought this series should be animated on HBO.
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3:15PM on 12/23/2010

I'm totally down with the idea.

And laugh out loud at the guys stating that no big name like Viggo will take this on. How the fuck do you know?
And laugh out loud at the guys stating that no big name like Viggo will take this on. How the fuck do you know?
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3:45PM on 12/23/2010
'Laugh out loud'? Schmuck.
'Laugh out loud'? Schmuck.
10:44PM on 12/23/2010
"Laugh out loud'? Schmuck."

LMAO! Go fuck yourself. LOL! KTHANXBY!
"Laugh out loud'? Schmuck."

LMAO! Go fuck yourself. LOL! KTHANXBY!
3:13PM on 12/23/2010
Yes, I think the ending of the series gets too convoluted for this project to follow the original story. Too bad Anthony Hopkins is likely a bit too old to play Ted Brautigan. Then again, this all might never even happen. I mean, where's The Talisman?
Yes, I think the ending of the series gets too convoluted for this project to follow the original story. Too bad Anthony Hopkins is likely a bit too old to play Ted Brautigan. Then again, this all might never even happen. I mean, where's The Talisman?
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2:51PM on 12/23/2010

Yeah!

Viggo would be awesome and I love the thought of Levitt playing Eddie!
Viggo would be awesome and I love the thought of Levitt playing Eddie!
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5:10PM on 12/23/2010
Have you read the books ?
Have you read the books ?
2:48PM on 12/23/2010

How do you cast the uncastable?

Viggo Mortensen is an incredible actor but I can't seem him, or any big name actor, wanting to tackle a project this long. I also don't really see him as Roland. Daniel Craig does have those "bombardier eyes" but I don't know if he's right for the part. Hugh Jackman has the closest look, but . . . sigh. Why Ron Howard? Why?
Viggo Mortensen is an incredible actor but I can't seem him, or any big name actor, wanting to tackle a project this long. I also don't really see him as Roland. Daniel Craig does have those "bombardier eyes" but I don't know if he's right for the part. Hugh Jackman has the closest look, but . . . sigh. Why Ron Howard? Why?
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2:30PM on 12/23/2010
No big-name actor will take this role.
No big-name actor will take this role.
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1:56PM on 12/23/2010
I dread to think if you've actually read the Dark Tower books before writing the above statements about Mortensen, Tassi.... Fan of the comic perhaps?
I dread to think if you've actually read the Dark Tower books before writing the above statements about Mortensen, Tassi.... Fan of the comic perhaps?
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2:04PM on 12/23/2010
Actually, scratch that - Wikipedia...
Actually, scratch that - Wikipedia...
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1:45PM on 12/23/2010

Roland

Christian Bale?
Paul Bettany?
Nope.
Michael Fassbender. Yep.
Christian Bale?
Paul Bettany?
Nope.
Michael Fassbender. Yep.
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12:16AM on 12/24/2010
You may be on to something ~ though I can also see him as Eddie Dean. He looks a bit younger when clean shaven...
You may be on to something ~ though I can also see him as Eddie Dean. He looks a bit younger when clean shaven...
1:40PM on 12/23/2010

Wow

If you think any of those actors (especially James Bond and Don Draper) are gonna commit to a film trilogy AND a fuckin' TV series, you must be delusional beyond reason. Foreals.

My vote goes to Ben Foster.
If you think any of those actors (especially James Bond and Don Draper) are gonna commit to a film trilogy AND a fuckin' TV series, you must be delusional beyond reason. Foreals.

My vote goes to Ben Foster.
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1:03PM on 12/23/2010
Idea: Jim Carrey.

Crazy, I know. [link]
Idea: Jim Carrey.

Crazy, I know. [link]
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1:28AM on 12/26/2010
i am actually diggin that suggestion
i am actually diggin that suggestion
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12:58PM on 12/23/2010
I hate to nay-say an not suggest a solution, but I don't think any of the aforementioned actors can pull it off.

Viggo's not bad, Hamm is probably better, but I think an unknown is the only way to go. Long, tall, and ugly. He should be gaunt, indeterminable age, without real dangerous gravitas. I'd go with an unknown stage actor or something.
I hate to nay-say an not suggest a solution, but I don't think any of the aforementioned actors can pull it off.

Viggo's not bad, Hamm is probably better, but I think an unknown is the only way to go. Long, tall, and ugly. He should be gaunt, indeterminable age, without real dangerous gravitas. I'd go with an unknown stage actor or something.
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12:54PM on 12/23/2010
Viggo is far and away the best choice because he is far and away the best actor of the 4. Probably one of the best actors working today. But for some reason I keep leaning towards Jackman anyway. I'd like to see one of the 2 rather than Craig or Hamm.
Viggo is far and away the best choice because he is far and away the best actor of the 4. Probably one of the best actors working today. But for some reason I keep leaning towards Jackman anyway. I'd like to see one of the 2 rather than Craig or Hamm.
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5:11PM on 12/23/2010
This project needs to have a smaller lead.
This project needs to have a smaller lead.
12:54PM on 12/23/2010
It seems like an ambitious project, and Im not sure a big name actor like Viggo Mortensen - or any of the other mentioned - would want to commit to such a project, especially if he has to make the TV series as well as the movies. That would be a lot.
It seems like an ambitious project, and Im not sure a big name actor like Viggo Mortensen - or any of the other mentioned - would want to commit to such a project, especially if he has to make the TV series as well as the movies. That would be a lot.
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4:38PM on 12/23/2010
I don't know...3 of those names had signed on to ambitious long term projects before, hell Jackman is still doing Wolverine. And quite a lot of talented big names have moved to TV because of how good most shows are now, better than most films out there. Never say never...
I don't know...3 of those names had signed on to ambitious long term projects before, hell Jackman is still doing Wolverine. And quite a lot of talented big names have moved to TV because of how good most shows are now, better than most films out there. Never say never...
1:27AM on 12/24/2010
Between two seasons of a TV series, an actor can do a film, or two. With this, they would have to actually make a film that is the follow up to the series, that would be committing exclusively to one character for many years. Jackman cant do it, hes got other things to do. Hamm is finally getting starring roles in movies. Mortensen is picky and tries to outdo himself with every role. And Daniel Craig as got James Bond, probably the other two Stieg Larsson's adaptations and maybe a sequel to
Between two seasons of a TV series, an actor can do a film, or two. With this, they would have to actually make a film that is the follow up to the series, that would be committing exclusively to one character for many years. Jackman cant do it, hes got other things to do. Hamm is finally getting starring roles in movies. Mortensen is picky and tries to outdo himself with every role. And Daniel Craig as got James Bond, probably the other two Stieg Larsson's adaptations and maybe a sequel to Cowboys and Aliens is it makes good money.