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UPDATE: Javier Bardem, NOT Christian Bale, is the frontrunner for the role of Roland Deschain in The Dark Tower

Jan. 26, 2011by: Niki Stephens

UPDATE: Well, Deadline is saying that Bardem has been officially offered the role. That was quick. This immediately following the Bale news that everyone on the internet has been scrambling to post. Now everyone will be scrambling to report this new piece of information. Thoughts on Bardem as Deschain?

After winning his Golden Globe for THE FIGHTER, Christian Bale has now surpassed Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen for the role of Roland Deschain in THE DARK TOWER.

So, it took his win for THE FIGHTER to make Ron Howard and Stephen King realize that Bale might be a good choice, or in fact the best choice? The man is a great actor and also knows the theme for THE POWERPUFF GIRLS. Of course he's a shoe-in.

Bale, Bardem and Mortensen are all great actors though. Bardem doesn't really fit to me. I just see Roland as either Bale or Mortensen.

The New York Post, who originally reported this news also mention that Jennifer Carpenter (DEXTER) and Ghita Tazi are on the shortlist for the role of Susannah Dean. Um...this casting is way off. Is it hard to find an African-American actress to play Susannah? What happened to casting Naomie Harris (28 DAYS LATER)? Stephen King said it always thought of Angela Bassett for the role. Maybe the NY Post heard wrong?

Extra Tidbit: Christian Bale approves.
Source: NY Post

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1:43AM on 01/28/2011
OOOHHH, GOOD FOR YOU!
OOOHHH, GOOD FOR YOU!
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11:14PM on 01/27/2011
Bale I'm sure was or would be way too expensive. Most times, (not all of course) the Stephen King big screen adaptations wind up with supporting actors in the lead roles-that doesn't always mean a minus for the performance! However, I think it hurts the $$$ take ultimately.Btw, Bardem will be fine.
Bale I'm sure was or would be way too expensive. Most times, (not all of course) the Stephen King big screen adaptations wind up with supporting actors in the lead roles-that doesn't always mean a minus for the performance! However, I think it hurts the $$$ take ultimately.Btw, Bardem will be fine.
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3:31PM on 01/27/2011

Bardem would be OK, but

I would really like to see Max Martini (Redbelt; TV's THE UNIT) as Roland. He has the badass chops down cold and his look is a good fit. I've seen most of his stuff on THE UNIT and while it's not all perfect, he did a lot with his character. Check out the episode where he had to shoot a kid to keep him from revealing his presence and then later had to kill a trapped comrade to prevent her from be interrogated by closing enemy forces.
I would really like to see Max Martini (Redbelt; TV's THE UNIT) as Roland. He has the badass chops down cold and his look is a good fit. I've seen most of his stuff on THE UNIT and while it's not all perfect, he did a lot with his character. Check out the episode where he had to shoot a kid to keep him from revealing his presence and then later had to kill a trapped comrade to prevent her from be interrogated by closing enemy forces.
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2:54PM on 01/27/2011

Not Bardem

Nothing against Bardem, but as I read the series, I didn't imagine Roland talking with that funny accent from No Country for Old Men. The Roland in my imagination is a typical American Cowboy. Eastwood in his Prime, or Viggo. All I can imagine now as I re-read the books is that dumb accent and haircut Bardem sports in No Country. Oh, well.
Nothing against Bardem, but as I read the series, I didn't imagine Roland talking with that funny accent from No Country for Old Men. The Roland in my imagination is a typical American Cowboy. Eastwood in his Prime, or Viggo. All I can imagine now as I re-read the books is that dumb accent and haircut Bardem sports in No Country. Oh, well.
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10:31AM on 01/27/2011
i think bardem is a better choice than bale. he is more age appropriate. roland in the books is an older man and eventually becomes a father figure to eddie susannah and jake. bale is a great actor but maybe a little too young for a role like that
i think bardem is a better choice than bale. he is more age appropriate. roland in the books is an older man and eventually becomes a father figure to eddie susannah and jake. bale is a great actor but maybe a little too young for a role like that
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9:22AM on 01/27/2011

BALE WTF ?

Since Deadline is usually far more credible than the NY Post, we're gonna have to go ahead and call the story we ran earlier - about Christian Bale being wanted for the lead in Ron Howard's lofty THE DARK TOWER adaptation - straight up bullshite!

Why? New dime has been dropped that Javier Bardem - who mentioned as a possible starrer sometime ago - has been officially offered the badass lead of Roland Deschain.
Since Deadline is usually far more credible than the NY Post, we're gonna have to go ahead and call the story we ran earlier - about Christian Bale being wanted for the lead in Ron Howard's lofty THE DARK TOWER adaptation - straight up bullshite!

Why? New dime has been dropped that Javier Bardem - who mentioned as a possible starrer sometime ago - has been officially offered the badass lead of Roland Deschain.
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9:17AM on 01/27/2011

BALE WTF ?

FUCK YOU RON ! With a cast like this, I would'nt even watch it on cable !
FUCK YOU RON ! With a cast like this, I would'nt even watch it on cable !
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8:36AM on 01/27/2011
One more thing. There's a new update to the story coming. They've officially offered this to Bardem.
One more thing. There's a new update to the story coming. They've officially offered this to Bardem.
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8:34AM on 01/27/2011
That just HAS to be a mistake. Does Howard, much less ANYONE, really want to face the shitstorm that would ensue after changing Susanna's friggin' race? I am so betting they are talking about Susan Delgado, Roland's love interest from the past. As for the Roland casting, I can get behind any of the choices so far, just think it's doomed to fail regardless. Ron Howard still seems too tame and they're NOT devoting enough film time to the whole story. I say it would HAVE to be at least 4
That just HAS to be a mistake. Does Howard, much less ANYONE, really want to face the shitstorm that would ensue after changing Susanna's friggin' race? I am so betting they are talking about Susan Delgado, Roland's love interest from the past. As for the Roland casting, I can get behind any of the choices so far, just think it's doomed to fail regardless. Ron Howard still seems too tame and they're NOT devoting enough film time to the whole story. I say it would HAVE to be at least 4 films and 2 full seasons of TV. They can ditch Wolves for all I care and combine the important parts of books 6 & 7 into the last movie. Then devote the 2 TV series to all flashbacks including Wizard & Glass. If all of that was done and ended up making money, then they could make a stand alone movie for Wolves . . .
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12:12PM on 01/27/2011
what?...Susan died @ 14 years old...Jennifer Carpenrter is 30 something...that makes even less sense
what?...Susan died @ 14 years old...Jennifer Carpenrter is 30 something...that makes even less sense
4:29PM on 01/27/2011
Less sense that a WHITE f'n' Susannah???
Less sense that a WHITE f'n' Susannah???
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7:18AM on 01/27/2011

No Bale

If Bale will be in this, then I am not interested. Especially not him, in the same role again. I cant stand him (thats my problem) but he is always the same in this kind of roles. Viggo Mortensen would be perfect.
If Bale will be in this, then I am not interested. Especially not him, in the same role again. I cant stand him (thats my problem) but he is always the same in this kind of roles. Viggo Mortensen would be perfect.
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7:17AM on 01/27/2011
well this movie is gonna be a colossal mess, not because of howard or any actor but its really is no way of adapting it without changing it..bale would have been a better choice but its not like its gonna make a differance
well this movie is gonna be a colossal mess, not because of howard or any actor but its really is no way of adapting it without changing it..bale would have been a better choice but its not like its gonna make a differance
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7:13AM on 01/27/2011

umm

ok...Bardem is...interesting casting...but does anyone see the real problem...Suzannah being ANYTHING but black???...her ENTIRE story is BASED on her being black...EVERYTHING has to do with it...When she came from...who she married...etc...she HAS to be black
ok...Bardem is...interesting casting...but does anyone see the real problem...Suzannah being ANYTHING but black???...her ENTIRE story is BASED on her being black...EVERYTHING has to do with it...When she came from...who she married...etc...she HAS to be black
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8:49AM on 01/27/2011
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
4:57AM on 01/27/2011

Dammit!!!

I was hoping for Bale to be in this and after that update, it looks like they are going for Bardem for Roland. Dont get me wrong Bardem is a good actor and could fit the role but for some reason, I always pictured Bale in the role of Roland. Bale would have been perfect and from his history, we know he can pull off this character.
Oh well, I hope Bale gets considered again.
I was hoping for Bale to be in this and after that update, it looks like they are going for Bardem for Roland. Dont get me wrong Bardem is a good actor and could fit the role but for some reason, I always pictured Bale in the role of Roland. Bale would have been perfect and from his history, we know he can pull off this character.
Oh well, I hope Bale gets considered again.
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2:52AM on 01/27/2011
TimmyO for Roland, c'mon!
TimmyO for Roland, c'mon!
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2:35AM on 01/27/2011

Studios never learn

I'm already cringing at the thought of this Hack destroying such a great story, now I have to hear that they offer the role to Bardem? Fucking useless, Howard.
I'm already cringing at the thought of this Hack destroying such a great story, now I have to hear that they offer the role to Bardem? Fucking useless, Howard.
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12:59AM on 01/27/2011
How come Viggo Mortensen aint in the running??
How come Viggo Mortensen aint in the running??
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10:55PM on 01/26/2011
Bardem is damn good actor. He could play a sun-beaten white dude, not just that brown spanish guy, he's not that dark! Was I not on here a week ago and people were saying he and all around white dude Jeffrey Dean Morgan were like twins?
Bardem is damn good actor. He could play a sun-beaten white dude, not just that brown spanish guy, he's not that dark! Was I not on here a week ago and people were saying he and all around white dude Jeffrey Dean Morgan were like twins?
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10:27PM on 01/26/2011
Nothing against Bardem, but Roland is not Latino. He's modeled after Clint Eastwood! Bale would work I think or Viggo, but I still can't picture Viggo in the role. I will become much less excited for this project if they cast Susannah as white. Such a large part of her character has to do with her being black and from the 60s, not gettig along with Honkey Mah Fahs.
Nothing against Bardem, but Roland is not Latino. He's modeled after Clint Eastwood! Bale would work I think or Viggo, but I still can't picture Viggo in the role. I will become much less excited for this project if they cast Susannah as white. Such a large part of her character has to do with her being black and from the 60s, not gettig along with Honkey Mah Fahs.
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8:48AM on 01/27/2011
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
10:27PM on 01/27/2011
I bet you are right! Good call!
I bet you are right! Good call!
10:07PM on 01/26/2011
I am hoping Bardem turns it down as I always picked Bale as Roland. It would be epic to see. I do not know if Bardem would fit it
I am hoping Bardem turns it down as I always picked Bale as Roland. It would be epic to see. I do not know if Bardem would fit it
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9:39PM on 01/26/2011
Ehhhh...Bale is a solid choice, but not as good for the role as --> Sharlto Copley would be IMO. Susannah,keep her a Black woman!Do not change her race and take away what Stephen King incorporated in her character. The idea of a race change to me is unthinkable...
Ehhhh...Bale is a solid choice, but not as good for the role as --> Sharlto Copley would be IMO. Susannah,keep her a Black woman!Do not change her race and take away what Stephen King incorporated in her character. The idea of a race change to me is unthinkable...
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8:47AM on 01/27/2011
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
11:19PM on 01/27/2011
Ahhh,U may be onto something there?
Ahhh,U may be onto something there?
9:18PM on 01/26/2011

Let me get this...

double post
double post
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9:17PM on 01/26/2011

Let me get this...

They want to make Roland--who is white--into a Spanish man and the want to make Susannah--who is black--into a white woman? I was in the minority of those who were okay with Howard taking on the project...now I'm absolutely appalled. That's not white washing, but it really messes with some of the themes of the novels by changing the ethnicity of characters.

By the way, Guy Pierce IS Roland. Bale and Mortensen are too handsome. Roland isn't ugly, but he should look a little rougher than the
They want to make Roland--who is white--into a Spanish man and the want to make Susannah--who is black--into a white woman? I was in the minority of those who were okay with Howard taking on the project...now I'm absolutely appalled. That's not white washing, but it really messes with some of the themes of the novels by changing the ethnicity of characters.

By the way, Guy Pierce IS Roland. Bale and Mortensen are too handsome. Roland isn't ugly, but he should look a little rougher than the likes of those two gentlemen.
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8:47AM on 01/27/2011
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
9:14PM on 01/26/2011
MORTENSEN all the way.

But, if not, then Bardem-Bardem-Bardem. JUST. NOT. BALE!
MORTENSEN all the way.

But, if not, then Bardem-Bardem-Bardem. JUST. NOT. BALE!
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9:13PM on 01/26/2011

Bardem FTW!

The guy is golden. Sorry Bale.
The guy is golden. Sorry Bale.
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8:59PM on 01/26/2011
I just can't see Bardem as Roland. Bale and Mortensen, absolutely. Of course when I read the books, I heard Roland's voice as Nathan Fillion, so what do I know?
I just can't see Bardem as Roland. Bale and Mortensen, absolutely. Of course when I read the books, I heard Roland's voice as Nathan Fillion, so what do I know?
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8:29PM on 01/26/2011
Even though Bardem would be a good choice, I'd still rather see Bale take it on. The man is brilliant and could easily make this his own.
Even though Bardem would be a good choice, I'd still rather see Bale take it on. The man is brilliant and could easily make this his own.
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8:08PM on 01/26/2011
love Bale as Roland..hate the idea of changing Susannahs race..i mean what the hell..part of her whole character is how she had to deal with the whole civil rights thing
love Bale as Roland..hate the idea of changing Susannahs race..i mean what the hell..part of her whole character is how she had to deal with the whole civil rights thing
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8:46AM on 01/27/2011
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
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8:07PM on 01/26/2011
Bale has got the looks and the acting chops to play many different iconic heroes. Roland is definitely one of those.
Bale has got the looks and the acting chops to play many different iconic heroes. Roland is definitely one of those.
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8:05PM on 01/26/2011

Hmmmm . . .

I'm okay with Christian Bale as Roland, actually. Josh Holloway is still my dream choice, but apparently that's not going to happen. BUT . . . what is this horseshit about Jennifer Carpenter as Susannah? Please tell me that's a fallacy or something. That's really strange.
I'm okay with Christian Bale as Roland, actually. Josh Holloway is still my dream choice, but apparently that's not going to happen. BUT . . . what is this horseshit about Jennifer Carpenter as Susannah? Please tell me that's a fallacy or something. That's really strange.
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8:45AM on 01/27/2011
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
I'm convinced it's Susan Delgado they're talking about, not Susannah.
7:44PM on 01/26/2011
Hilarious gif of Bale
Hilarious gif of Bale
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7:35PM on 01/26/2011
Excellent, excellent, excellent!
Excellent, excellent, excellent!
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7:31PM on 01/26/2011
Bale can really do know wrong, so I'm happy with this pick. I guess the guy likes doing films with "Dark" in the title. And you know, if Bale wins an oscar for best supporting actor, he will break the trend of actors winning for villian roles, started by Bardem (and continued by Ledger and Waltz).
Bale can really do know wrong, so I'm happy with this pick. I guess the guy likes doing films with "Dark" in the title. And you know, if Bale wins an oscar for best supporting actor, he will break the trend of actors winning for villian roles, started by Bardem (and continued by Ledger and Waltz).
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7:28PM on 01/26/2011

Bale is good

I was hoping for more of an unknown, but Bale will do a great job as Roland.
I was hoping for more of an unknown, but Bale will do a great job as Roland.
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