As previously reported, Academy Award winner Javier Bardem is on the shortlist to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in Ron Howard’s sliver screen adaptation of THE DARK TOWER. Now it appears that Bardem is close to landing the lead role in the three-movie franchise, and Howard feels comfortable enough with the deal to move forward and cast his remaining characters around Bardem. Bardem, who is no stranger to portraying a hitman (No Country For Old Men), will also star in the TV component, as part of the deal, that is scheduled to air between the second and third films. Production on the first film is set to begin in September.
Bardem is repped by WME