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Things get actors: Taken 2, The Dark Tower, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D

04.07.2011

If you were hoping that Viggo Mortensen left SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN to fulfill fan dreamcasting as gunslinger Roland Deschain in the big-screen adaptation of THE DARK TOWER, prepare to decipher a dense accent instead.

After months of consideration, actor Javier Bardem has reportedly agreed to officially strap on the six-shooters and wander a mystical realm in Ron Howard's epic live-action movie(s) based on Stephen King's novels.

Elsewhere, Maggie Grace has agreed to reunite with dangerous dad Liam Neeson for TAKEN 2, written and produced by Luc Besson and directed by Olivier Megaton (TRANSPORTER 3). No word on whether she'll somehow manage to get kidnapped again (or if she still runs like a Special Olympics competitor), but judging by the ending of TAKEN, it's entirely possible she somehow transformed into a new pop star with all the obsessive stalkers that occupation entails.

Grace also recently worked with Besson on his space prison action flick LOCKOUT, starring Guy Pearce.

And the sequel SILENT HILL: REVELATION 3D has a pair of familiar faces, with Carrie Anne Moss (THE MATRIX) and genre legend Malcolm McDowell paying a visit to that spooky town. They join relatively new faces Adelaide Clemens (X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE) and Kit Harington (HBO’s upcoming "Game of Thrones"), plus the returning SILENT HILL actors Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean and Deborah Kara Unger.

Synopsis (and new pic from the currently filming movie): For years, Heather Mason (Clemens) and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn’t fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever.

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Extra Tidbit: Why didn't they just get the American Bardem, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, for Roland? Save the cost of dialect coaching.
Source: Deadline

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3:37PM on 04/08/2011

One step closer

to ruining the Dark Tower series. Well even when they screw up the movies at least I'll always have my books.
to ruining the Dark Tower series. Well even when they screw up the movies at least I'll always have my books.
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5:15PM on 04/07/2011
Well, at least the main girl looks like Heather. Don't know who the kid is though, but he looks terribly silly in that pic. Carrie Ann Moss and Malcolm McDowell are good news though. I don't hold much hope for the new Silent Hill, but as a huge fan of the series and a fan of the first film, I'll look forward to seeing it anyway. Still don't know what the cast from the first film is doing there though.
Well, at least the main girl looks like Heather. Don't know who the kid is though, but he looks terribly silly in that pic. Carrie Ann Moss and Malcolm McDowell are good news though. I don't hold much hope for the new Silent Hill, but as a huge fan of the series and a fan of the first film, I'll look forward to seeing it anyway. Still don't know what the cast from the first film is doing there though.
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11:51PM on 04/08/2011
That kid is Kit Harington playing a younger 'Vincent'. Totally agree with you about the first film's cast. -_-
That kid is Kit Harington playing a younger 'Vincent'. Totally agree with you about the first film's cast. -_-
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4:38PM on 04/07/2011

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Complaining about landing Javier Bardem, really? (We can't time travel and bring back Clint Eastwood from 20-30 years ago.) Complaining about Hollywood actually taking a risk and trying something different with series done as movies and television, really? (I think it's great that Hollywood is actually trying something new.)
Complaining about landing Javier Bardem, really? (We can't time travel and bring back Clint Eastwood from 20-30 years ago.) Complaining about Hollywood actually taking a risk and trying something different with series done as movies and television, really? (I think it's great that Hollywood is actually trying something new.)
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1:46PM on 04/07/2011

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Seriously? Save the cost of dialect coaching? Morgan and Bardem are entirely different actors. I guess only real fans would know that though...

Bardem is THE man. I'm excited to see him in another kick-ass dominant role.
Seriously? Save the cost of dialect coaching? Morgan and Bardem are entirely different actors. I guess only real fans would know that though...

Bardem is THE man. I'm excited to see him in another kick-ass dominant role.
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12:40PM on 04/07/2011
Bardem can pull it off. Too bad I'm so skeptical about this project. 99% of it will be neutered beyond recognition.
Bardem can pull it off. Too bad I'm so skeptical about this project. 99% of it will be neutered beyond recognition.
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12:23PM on 04/07/2011
I dig your shout for Jeffrey Dean Morgan (even if you were only joking) cos I like him in what I have seen him and I would like to see him get a big role like this, something to sink his teeth into.
I dig your shout for Jeffrey Dean Morgan (even if you were only joking) cos I like him in what I have seen him and I would like to see him get a big role like this, something to sink his teeth into.
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12:23PM on 04/07/2011
TIBIT: "Caucasian Bardem"? Javier Bardem is a European from Spain, he is Caucasian.
TIBIT: "Caucasian Bardem"? Javier Bardem is a European from Spain, he is Caucasian.
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9:07AM on 04/07/2011

Bardem

As a fan of The Dark Tower series, I think Bardem is a good choice. He's around the same age, has the look, is a great actor, and most importantly, he can play a convincing bad-ass quite well. I don't see the accent as a big deal since we don't know how they talk in middle-earth and besides, Roland isn't the most talkative of characters anyway.
As a fan of The Dark Tower series, I think Bardem is a good choice. He's around the same age, has the look, is a great actor, and most importantly, he can play a convincing bad-ass quite well. I don't see the accent as a big deal since we don't know how they talk in middle-earth and besides, Roland isn't the most talkative of characters anyway.
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12:07PM on 04/07/2011
Roland Deschain was quite the talker after Wizard and Glass, I am not sure where you are getting that theory of him not talking.
Roland Deschain was quite the talker after Wizard and Glass, I am not sure where you are getting that theory of him not talking.
4:32PM on 04/07/2011
Telling a long story in ONE book out of a series of SEVEN, does not a talkative person make.
Telling a long story in ONE book out of a series of SEVEN, does not a talkative person make.
11:55AM on 04/08/2011
BIG H : Hence, why I said AFTER, not during W&G. Read comments before posting.
BIG H : Hence, why I said AFTER, not during W&G. Read comments before posting.
4:10PM on 04/18/2011
Sure after that book he talks more but he's not exactly a chatty kathy their chief.
Sure after that book he talks more but he's not exactly a chatty kathy their chief.
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5:00AM on 04/07/2011
I really hope the next taken movie doesn't involve the daughter getting kidnapped again. the first one was awesome and deserves to have a sequel of the same caliber
I really hope the next taken movie doesn't involve the daughter getting kidnapped again. the first one was awesome and deserves to have a sequel of the same caliber
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1:51AM on 04/07/2011
I just finished the Dark Tower series, and am very glad I did so before this ambitious (and probably ill-conceived) project gets underway.

Roland is pretty much supposed to be Clint Eastwood (as Stephen King's character even says in the books). Why the hell would anyone cast Javier Bardem?
I just finished the Dark Tower series, and am very glad I did so before this ambitious (and probably ill-conceived) project gets underway.

Roland is pretty much supposed to be Clint Eastwood (as Stephen King's character even says in the books). Why the hell would anyone cast Javier Bardem?
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12:08PM on 04/07/2011
Agreed, although I could see him possible dropping massive weight and pulling it off. But I definitely agree with you on that one.
Agreed, although I could see him possible dropping massive weight and pulling it off. But I definitely agree with you on that one.
4:25PM on 04/07/2011
They can't exactly throw Clint in there now can they? I would have been happy with the likes of Javier, Viggo or Timothy Olyphant.
They can't exactly throw Clint in there now can they? I would have been happy with the likes of Javier, Viggo or Timothy Olyphant.
6:40PM on 04/07/2011
My point is that in theory, while everyone has individual, subjective mental images of literary characters, I'm betting most people have a similar image of Roland. Within the story itself, Stephen King says he was inspired by Eastwood. It's just something about the character that spoke to his being a fictional creation, and they will lose one aspect of that now. A strange choice, in my opinion.
My point is that in theory, while everyone has individual, subjective mental images of literary characters, I'm betting most people have a similar image of Roland. Within the story itself, Stephen King says he was inspired by Eastwood. It's just something about the character that spoke to his being a fictional creation, and they will lose one aspect of that now. A strange choice, in my opinion.
11:57AM on 04/08/2011
Well said Higgs, Big H has a problem with reading full comments before posting....
Well said Higgs, Big H has a problem with reading full comments before posting....
4:16PM on 04/18/2011
I read the posts before I reply. It just sounded like Higgs thought they should have cast Eastwood. If you aren't happy with Bardem, who would you cast instead? I'm not disagreeing for the sake of arguing, just trying to make a point. I can see your point Higgs, but to me I would rather have someone act more like the character than physically look like them.
I read the posts before I reply. It just sounded like Higgs thought they should have cast Eastwood. If you aren't happy with Bardem, who would you cast instead? I'm not disagreeing for the sake of arguing, just trying to make a point. I can see your point Higgs, but to me I would rather have someone act more like the character than physically look like them.
1:13AM on 04/07/2011

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They should make a movie about three brothers featuring Bardem, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Robert Downey Jr.

Those three could all pass for brothers.
They should make a movie about three brothers featuring Bardem, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Robert Downey Jr.

Those three could all pass for brothers.
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1:11AM on 04/07/2011

Actually Bardem's accent might be a bonus for Roland

Who knows how Roland Deschain is really supposed to sound? It's from another time/version of this world... his accent might make it more unique for the character.
Who knows how Roland Deschain is really supposed to sound? It's from another time/version of this world... his accent might make it more unique for the character.
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2:08AM on 04/07/2011
I don't know. In-World and Mid-World are clearly versions of the American West and its surroundings (Mejis < Mexico). Roland should sound like a cowboy. He shouldn't have a European accent.
I don't know. In-World and Mid-World are clearly versions of the American West and its surroundings (Mejis < Mexico). Roland should sound like a cowboy. He shouldn't have a European accent.
12:06PM on 04/07/2011
No one in the history of film has ever spoken with an accent they don't have... ever. So this will be an amazing and masterful feat for Mr. Bardem..... why are we discussing his accent?
No one in the history of film has ever spoken with an accent they don't have... ever. So this will be an amazing and masterful feat for Mr. Bardem..... why are we discussing his accent?
6:36PM on 04/07/2011
Yeah, obviously; people were throwing Guy Pearce's name around, and I wouldn't have complained about him on the grounds that he'd be using a fake accent - he's good at it. I don't necessarily think Bardem could effectively sound like an American (Gileadite?) cowboy, that's all.
Yeah, obviously; people were throwing Guy Pearce's name around, and I wouldn't have complained about him on the grounds that he'd be using a fake accent - he's good at it. I don't necessarily think Bardem could effectively sound like an American (Gileadite?) cowboy, that's all.
1:08AM on 04/07/2011
For some reason I cant help but think Taken 2 is going to end up being titled Taken Again or Taken 2: Taken Again
For some reason I cant help but think Taken 2 is going to end up being titled Taken Again or Taken 2: Taken Again
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