Ron’s Movie and Casting Thoughts

December 21, 2010

in Casting, Interviews

Photo of Ron Howard at Academy Theatre

A recent article on the LA Times site, had Ron Howard giving his thoughts on the getting Stephen King’s The Dark Tower to the big screen. There’s a couple of very interesting points in this interview which are worth noting here.

Ron Howard and his team fully understand the story lines complexity and are currently “finding the shape of it” but what’s interesting is that they were actually working on this a full year before they even approached King.

“It was all about putting something together that was good enough and getting such an understanding of the material that Stephen King would say, ‘Yes, that’s the way into this story.'”

When I’d heard the movie rights had moved away from Abrams, it looked like Howard was coming into the game quite late, almost as a backup, but after reading this quote that seems not to be the case.

If Howard was working on this one year prior to contacting King, then what was the true situation with Abrams and Lindelof? This quote from King also adds some intrigue, “I’ve been waiting for the right team to bring the characters and stories in these books to film and TV viewers around the world.”

It’ll be interesting to see if the back story of this ever comes out.

Which actor will play the Gunslinger?

Howard is fully aware of what’s being talked about on the fansites and knows that his casting decisions will be scrutinized in minute detail, especially when it comes to who will be cast in the role of Roland Deschain.

Although he hasn’t exactly said who he would like to play Roland, some of his comments do give food for thought. He apparently nodded when names like Daniel Craig and Hugh Jackman were put forward, but the most interesting comment was what he said with regards to Viggo Mortensen;

“Sure, those are some names and on ‘The Dark Tower’ fansites, they’re all about Viggo”.

It’s dangerous to read too much into so few words, but I’d say Howard has some idea of the fans expectations – perhaps Viggo is on the top of his list too. Could actors such as Mortensen, Craig and Jackman commit to such a long term project? Your guess is as good as mine, but I can’t see how Universal/NBC would justify such an investment without an A-list lead.

Not a strict Book to Film adaptation

Although Roland has reached the Dark Tower, the story of Mid-world continues to be developed.

Marvel has released a prequel comic series plotted by Robin Furth, scripted by Peter David and with Stephen King on board as creative and executive director. King has also told us that he’s writing a new Dark Tower book.

For certain, this will not be a page-for-page translation of the book to film (as happened with series like Harry Potter), which I feel will be to everyone’s benefit. Howard confirms this with these comments;

“There’s this entire world and all of these references and there are the books and the graphic novels and just talking to Stephen and it’s all this on-going conversation with the material.”

“In all of it, he [King] leaves a lot open to interpretation and so it gives a great deal of latitude.”

“We’re charging ourselves with the responsibility of getting a real understanding of the material and utilizing many of the best aspects of the books and graphic novels.”

The movie is set to be released on May, 17, 2013.

Top Quotes from the Source

The full article by Geoff Boucher contains a lot of background info on the DT and the adaptation story so far (available over at the LA Times website) so I’ll just pull out a few of the more interesting quotes here.

“We worked on it for a year before we even met with him. It was all about putting something together that was good enough and getting such an understanding of the material that Stephen King would say, ‘Yes, that’s the way into this story.” – Ron Howard.

“I really can’t stop thinking about it. We’ve been meeting and talking and I’ve been reading and researching and just kind of living with it. I’ve been constantly going through stuff and I’ve just been re-listening to it [on audio books] on my iPod and we’ve been sending e-mails back and forth, ‘What about this approach? What do you think of this idea?’ We’re finding the shape of it. We’re moving quickly now, as quickly as we can, and I feel challenged in the most exciting ways.” – Ron Howard.

“It’s one of the things that really fascinated me about the challenge. We love Roland the Gunslinger but we also like coming back to these worlds and these places. On one hand it is grounded and relatable but on the other hand it’s scary and strange and mind-blowing. There’s this dream quality to it and the mystery in that is what it’s all about – being compelled forward without all the answers.” – Ron Howard.

“Filmically, there are tones in this that I have never used before, tones of fantasy menace and elements of horror and real fear. And there’s the burden, on the characters, of this journey that is really palpable. That’s what we need to get on the screen. I think there’s something about [the Frank Darabont films] ‘Green Mile’ or a ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ the complexity and the ballast of them, those are two [of the Stephen King adaptations] where you do get the horror and suspense that’s there on the page. We’re charging ourselves with the responsibility of getting a real understanding of the material and utilizing many of the best aspects of the books and graphic novels.” – Ron Howard.

“There are new interpretations of the rules of the world and the story. It’s a really useful and compelling part of this already fascinating creative journey that we’re on.” – Ron Howard.

I’ll leave you with this final quote from Goldsman;

“We’re really early on, but he and I do know that he loves what he’s hearing and he’s excited about it,” Howard said. “He has just been so welcoming. ‘Welcome aboard’ is how I would describe the reception we got…. I think he has a genuine curiosity, even at this point in his amazing career, about the way his work can be taken to another medium and therefore a kind of openness and freedom about what those stories will look like. I hope it goes great. I hope it goes the way we think it will. It never does, really. But sometimes it goes better.” – Akiva Goldsman.

Soner December 25, 2010 at 6:13 am

Roland: Jon Hamm or Hugh Jackman
Susannah Dean: Zoe Saldana
Eddie Dean: Jim Sturgess
Randall Flagg: Gary Oldman
Callahan: Michael Caine
Susan Delgado: Evan Rachel Wood
Rhea: Maggie Smith
Andrew Quick: Mickey Rourke
Walter: Peter Saarsgard
Sheemie: Seth Rogen
Jonas: Malcolm McDuvall

Roland is my father December 29, 2010 at 2:11 pm

Roland: Viggo Mortensen
Eddie Dean: Dean Winters
Susannah: Kerry Washington or Tajari Henson
Jake: Alex Ferris or Edward Sanders
Sheemie Ruiz: Jamie Bell
Susan Delgado: Saoirse Ronan
Youg Roland: Logan Lerman
Cuthbert Allgood: Taylor Kitsch
Alain Johns: Haley Joel Osment
Tick Tock Man: Tim Curry
Henry Dean: Milo Ventimiglia
Enrico Balazar: Javier Bardem
Jack Andolini: John Turturo
Dinky Earnshaw: Tracy Walter
Young Mordred: Asa Butterfield
Older Mordred: Ian Somerhalder
Ted Brautigan: Charles Durning
Eldred Jonas: William Sanderson
Roy Depape: Josh Brolin
Calvin Tower: Ian McKellen
Aaron Deepneau: Hugh Laurie
Stephen Deschain: Clint Eastwood
Gabrielle Deschain: Hellen Mirren
Crimson King: Willem Dafoe

GoodMan December 30, 2010 at 6:56 am

I hope that in the second season of the past is really only from Mejisu, Gilead and the Jericho Hill. Farson, his men with gas masks, tanks, slow mutants, bazookas, flame throwers, super-mech with laser, DeMullet´s team…

Tetzlaff December 31, 2010 at 12:48 am

In my opinion Roland is a Little Older – just think of the time that has gone by between his childhood and the first book and then add 10 Years in the Golgatha with walther… For me there has only eben one actual Autor Fitting this role – Hugh laurie! In Some scenes of House he has that oldschool Clint eastwood Look that would perfectly fit that teaching gunslinger Part of Rolands Life.

chris December 31, 2010 at 9:50 pm

for those who have been pining to get a younger clint eastwood (who would have been perfect) for the role of roland…i offer…jackie earle haley. see the superhero flick watchmen, and tell me he doesn’t channel a younger clint.

Jake December 31, 2010 at 11:42 pm

Roland: Daniel Day Lewis

That is all.

RYan January 2, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Any A-list actor would jeopardize the relationship with the character. Like Star Wars, for these movies to succeed, they need to find a no name.

Rick Presas January 6, 2011 at 10:55 am

There’s actually a few people, i think who could play The Gunslinger

-Hugh Jackman, of course comes to mind since he just looks so much like a young Eastwood. Also, he’s DEFINETLY an A-Lister.
-Jackie Earle Haley would ACT the role amazingly, but I dont think he completely fits the bill physichally. But hey, things like that can be worked around. He may not be a full-on A-lister, though.
-Leiv Scheriber actually would fit the role prett well. He has the whole “bombadiers eyes” that are so distinct on the Gunslinger.
-But to me, NOBODY would make a better Roland that JOSH BROLIN. I honestly think he was born to play Roland Deschain. Lets hope hollywood agrees with me.

Jude January 7, 2011 at 11:15 am

I totally agree with RYan. Roland should be more of a new face. Roland is quite the mix character-wise…… menacing, determined, tormented yet focused.

What about someone from one of the the small screen who already works in a dark tale atmosphere ? Jensen Ackles (impressive, tall) of the TV show Supernatural or even Jared Padalecki (really tall and impressive) or possibly Josh Jackson of Fringe ( impressive but not as easy on eyes). All seem totally capable of channeling Roland’s persona.

I think after that Jonah Hex fiasco no one would put the mantle of Roland on Brolin’s shoulders. Soooo tired of the same tired and tiring A-listers. Give us some fresh talent.

Ken January 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Timothy Oliphant would make a good Roland.

Daniel January 8, 2011 at 8:07 am

Daniel Craig would make an awful Roland! I don’t even know why they would consider him. The others sounded OK. But really I almost hope that it is not a recognizable face. I really think that would take away from the story. We all have our own ideas of what Roland should be from reading the stories, then you put a known face to him for the movie and I think it would take away from the story. That’s just my opinion. But at the same time you want him to be able to act the part. I agree with one of the earlier posts (Jude) that maybe a lesser known actor (maybe from tv) would be a better choice. Though none come too mind of the top of my head. Allthough, I think all the people mentioned in Judes post would be too young for Roland. Maybe Jeffrey Morgan could pull off the part (another actor form Supernatural). All of the Supernatural cast are great actors. I could definitelly see Jensen or Jared playing Eddie.

camile January 8, 2011 at 10:44 am

i agree with RYan.

Andres January 9, 2011 at 10:51 am

Roland: Clint Eastwood or Christopher Walken (remember that Roland has a old men look)
Susannah Dean: Vanessa Williams or Halle Berry
Eddie Dean: Chris Bale or Colin Farrel (a thin addict look)
Jake: Don’t know, in a time should be Haley Joel Osment
Randall Flagg: Gary Oldman or Kevin Spacey
Callahan: Michael Caine or Ian McKellen

Paul January 10, 2011 at 11:14 am

Roland: Sam Neill
Eddie: Michael Imperioli
Suzannah: ?
Randall Flagg: Alan Rickman

joshr January 12, 2011 at 8:59 am

vitgo mortesen or bruce willis for roland sean william scott or robert downey jr for eddie brandy as susan leiv sheriber as the walking dude and the gandolf from lord of the rings as callahan david hyde peirce from fraiser as the robot from the 5 book,

GeneFerda January 13, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Joshr: Bruce willis?!?! BRANDY! Are you insane?!

Hopefully a new face imho, but if they cant, place a bit more attention to who fits than THAT. I would suggest you immediatly re-read the entire series several times and perhaps devise some form of penance for this…

Danyell January 13, 2011 at 11:57 pm

Hello!? Christian Bale is Roland! Slim, but strong. And just give him contacts for blue eyes.

kelly January 14, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Im not sure who is right to play Roland, I just don’t see anyone being up to the job!!

travis January 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Roland-no one we have seen before, or the guy from inception that meets leo in the cafe and can take the form of other ppl in the dreams….Susannah- Thandie Newton. Eddie- Giovanni Ribisi. Jake- the kid from the mist… Be honest, you know you’d be happy if that were the cast. Cast no name actors for Flagg and hopefully Roland and everyone else. Please do it my way. You won’t be sorry. Let Stephen King read this and ill bet he agrees with me.

travis January 14, 2011 at 5:21 pm

And the guy from inception is the real sweet dude with a britt accent that always picks on the kid from 3rd rock from the sun. He shoots the real big gun at the electric box when they are inside the garage finding out that if they die they are stuck in pergatory

Marcus Morales January 14, 2011 at 6:47 pm

Viggo Mortenson is a good choice; even Daniel Day Lewis is a good choice, but only KEVIN BACON could pull off Roland Deschain; He has the look (which the other two have), he has the acting chops (which is equal to Day-Lewis but slightly superior to Viggo), and he is the type who can take on such a complex character in BOTH the TV and Movie scenarios… The rest of the cast would be gravy, but don’t let KEVIN BACON slip through the cracks… USE YOUR MIND’S EYE!!!

Diane January 15, 2011 at 4:18 am

Vigto would be a GREAT Roland!! I think James Franco would be a GREAT Eddie! Susanah would be, that pretty chik, can’t recall her name, but she was in Mission Impossible 2. And Jake, (my son is too old, but he’d be perfict). the little boy who started to sing the pirate song on the last Pirates Of The Carabean movie. Stephan, should have the balls to make an apperanse to be Rolands father. I’ve waited so long for this epic to be done. I morn for THE DARK TOWER FANS!! I morn more for Stephen King more. Long days & plesant nights!!

steve v January 15, 2011 at 8:07 am

The entire time I was reading the series I thouight of Clint Eastwood as Roland. Ancient but still extremely vital! No one under 60 need apply. Since Ron Howard is directing, which character will his brother Clint play?

Josh January 15, 2011 at 1:56 pm

I like Viggo as Roland, he does the haggard look very convincingly, ala early LOTR and The Road. I do worry about the voice though. Anybody else have concerns that he may just not have the pipes?

Josh January 15, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I find myself asking also, “Why do people keep suggesting Michael Caine as Father Callahan?”. I cannot for the life of me see him pulling that off, if anybody can explain to me otherwise I might understand. Me personally I wish we had Robert Duvall about the time he did The Apostle. That’s my Father C.

Tim January 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

I would love to see Daniel Day Lewis play Roland, I really think he is this generation’s Brando. But I’m doubtful to wether he would commit to such a huge project… Daniel would definitely deliver Roland that foreboding darkness – it’s worth a look at the intensity he brought in “There Will Be Blood”…

steve v January 16, 2011 at 10:32 am

If this is going to be a combo of movies and tv series, no big name actor will be able to commit the time to do it all. I’m sure they all have other projects. It will have to be unknowns in all the lead roles. Maybe that’s best anyway.

Hoister January 19, 2011 at 12:52 pm

Sean Bean as Roland makes so much sense to me.

Vincent January 19, 2011 at 4:23 pm

There Will be Blood was one of the worst movies that has graced the big screen. “I’m finished??? ” Those 2 hours and change are time I want back! I will agree that DDL is a very passionate actor, he plays almost the same character in every movie. In the name of the Father was probably his best work and that is mostly because he wasn’t full of himself yet. He would butcher Rolands character and the movie would never succeed in the image that Mr. King has been righting for so many years. I do concur that a no name should play the role someone that is tall but not to tall, but the key to the perfect actor will have to be two things. Those faded piercing blue eyes, and the long muscular hands.

Taylor January 21, 2011 at 10:45 pm

Roland: No Name Actor…needs to be a fresh face as to not ruin our view of the character by remembering them in a previous well known role of theirs’

Susannah Dean: Tajari Henson

Eddie Dean: Casey Affleck

Henry Dean: Ben Affleck

Susan Delgado: I’m not sure if she can be scene as anything other than harry potters sidekick, but Emma Watson may be a good fit for this character

Rhea: Helena Bonham Carter, she always looks like she could seduce you and then scare the crap out of you.

Jake: I know a lot say viggo for roland…and there’s metion of the movie road..just took a second look at the cover of that movie. I think I found jake. Kodi Smit-McPhee..from his performance I believe he can pull it off.

Sheemie: Jamie Bell

Young Roland: Chace Crawford, Logan Lerman

Cuthbert: Maybe Jimmy Bennett could pull it off in a year..or Kyle Gallner

Alain: Cameron Bright

Stephan Deschain: Im so glad to see that fans of The Dark Tower also favor Supernatural…I agree with the sons being to young for Roland’s character, if anything Jeffrey Dean Morgan I feel would fit right in as that strong father role he’s always upheld.

…and joshr just sounds like they never read the series

roland d January 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

Nathan Gamble, the kid from The Mist, absolutely must play Jake. He’s completely and utterly perfect for the part, and has great acting ability. I like both Viggo Mortensen and Javier Bardem for Roland. The rumour that Naomie Harris is playing Susannah sounds good to me. Eddie should be played by Jared Leto, who has already proved that he can convincingly play a tall, pale, black-haired New York heroin junkie in Requiem for a Dream.

Cast a fairy young actor as Pere Callahan – someone in his fifties. That way he won’t be too old to star in a spin-off version of ‘Salem’s Lot! The Dark Tower has fantastic franchise/spin-off potential, and I really hope the studios don’t waste it. They should remake The Stand starring the actor who plays the man in black in The Dark Tower as Randall Flagg, remake It starring the actor who plays Dandelo as Pennywise, remake Hearts in Atlantis with whatever actor they use for Ted Brautigan in the last Dark Tower film, and so on and so forth. They should finally adapt Insomnia, and tie in the Patrick Danville storyline. They should finally adapt The Eyes of the Dragon, using the same actor they picked for Flagg in both The Stand and The Dark Tower. Having dozens of Stephen King films that all interconnect and fit together into a grand, cohesive multiverse just like in the books… it would be absolutely amazing.

Diana January 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

I just worry that what I’ve imagined in my head is so much better than what could ever be reproduced. I’m super excited about the series coming to life, just a little apprehensive…

Amanda Moon January 28, 2011 at 10:37 pm

I honestly think Jake Chambers should be played by Hero Fiennes-Tiffin (weird name I know!). If you have no idea who that is he played a 6 year old Voldemort in Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince back in 2009.
Another suggestion: Susannah Dean should be totally played by Zoe Saldana.
I would have wanted a young Johnny Depp to play Eddie Dean but that time has passed sadly.
With that said I’m a little shocked at Javier Barbem playing our dear Roland but just maybe he can pull it off. I have faith in him.

Tim A February 3, 2011 at 5:20 pm

Check out the images of karl urban from the movie Red to see someone channeling Roland of Gilead!

Jennifer D. February 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Roland Deschain should be played by Timothy Olyphant – he would be amazing

Greg P. February 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm

I’ve been with the series since I recieved copy of THEGUNSLINGER as a gift in 1982.The waiting and anticipation for the next novel to come out was excruciating,to say the least. After all of these years waiting and half hoping for a movie,I’ll be happy if they don’t screw it up the way ABC did with those steaming piles they called STEPHEN KING adaptations.(If you don’t know of which I speak,I’ll not expend anymore energy to name them.) Ron Howard is a great director,if he pulls it off I think he should tackle a few more stories re-doing a few of the past mistakes and interconnect them as stated by “ROLAND D”above.It doesn’t really matter who they get to play the different characters,they’ll never be who I pictured when Iwas reading THE GUNSLINGER as a wide eyed,imaginative pre-teen.

sam February 14, 2011 at 10:57 am

remember roland is old so some of the actors mentioned would be better suited for eddie roland needs to look atleast fifty josh jackson hugh jackman olyphant too young and good looking cuz roland isnt exactly hot his face is weathered by a hundred years in the desert clint eastwood would have been perfect ten years ago 🙁

sam February 14, 2011 at 10:59 am

I hope they dont change the wolves of calla too much that is my favorite book my least favorite is the song of suz i get so tired of listening to her internal dialoge

Robin Skoog February 14, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Roland – Bardem works perfectly fine with me.

Eddie – Joseph Gordon-Lewitt or Emile Hirsch (seen suggestion of Bale and though I like him I can’t see him playing a 24 year-old prankster like Eddie).

Walter – The actor playing this guy must be both extraordinarily charming yet very fearful. Vincent Cassel, Kurt Russel, Mads Mikkelsen, Sam Rockwell would work for me.

A few tougher roles to fill:

Jake – How to turn a 12 year old boy into a convincing, rock hard, dead serious gun slinger on the big screen is way beyond my imagination – No suggestion.

Susannah might be the most difficult one to cast. You’ll have to find a very talented and dedicated actress for that job, but then she’s probably the most interesting charachter in the whole series. Very much looking forward to seeing her on the big screen. No suggestion.

and last
Brautigan – It would be awesome to bring Anthony Hopkins back to reprise this role (from Hearts in Atlantis)

April Diss February 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Roland: After seeing Thomas Jane in the mist as the artist who paints Roland. I think he is a great choice for this role and frankly much better to look at than Javier

john anthony sullivan February 21, 2011 at 8:09 am

reading the above im not that excited.i wonder has the director read the dark tower series of books ? stephen king clearly states roland is based on clint eastwood.this guy bears little or no resemblance.if weve got to go off the modern day,then maybe christian bale beyond that its atough call.

Evan February 21, 2011 at 3:29 pm

I know many people will disagree with this… but I get the feeling that Michael Cera could play an amazing Walter ( Man in Black). It would give him an opportunity to shed the ‘awkward guy’ role, and for those out there who feel he is too young, He is after all the Ageless man.

Grant March 18, 2011 at 12:28 pm

Rutina Wesley would be the perfect Suze. Hands down.

Whitney March 21, 2011 at 12:18 am

Roland should be played by Timothy Olyphant or Hugh Jackman. Roland does give off a Clint personna and Timothy would portray this well.

Chris B March 21, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Whenever I have read the Dark Tower books I always had a picture of Paul Hogan in my head. (Crocodile Dundee) Shame about the Aussie accent and the fact he is not the greatest actor but definitely has the right look. For the Film though…

Does not matter who gets the part it will upset a lot of people and astound others but I hope whoever it is can do it justice.

Eddie :- What about Shia Laboeuf. again not a brilliant actor but given the chance to shine in this could be great.

And Ron Howards brother should play the Piano Player from the first book.

Irina March 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

I swear, about 90% of these suggestions make me want to scream. Roland is supposed to look worn, but not OLD. Those who are suggesting that Clint Eastwood play him need to stop…the dude is EIGHTY-ONE.
Also, stop suggesting older men for Randall Flagg. He is ageless, and is even described as handsome. I picture him to look around 35. Bradley Cooper maybe?
I think Javier would do OK, but he doesn’t have the eyes or accent, so idk.
I liked the suggestion of Josh Brolin. Also, Viggo would be great, but he’s Aragorn. TOO Aragorn to be Roland. Timothy Olyphant or Hugh Jackman would be good too.

Susannah Dean: Naomie Harris
Eddie Dean: I liked the Jim Sturgess suggestion
Randall Flagg: Bradley Cooper
Callahan: Richard Jenkins
Susan Delgado: remember, she’s 16! Alison Lohman looks the role, but she may be too old.
Rhea: doesn’t matter, she’ll have loads of makeup on.
Sheemie: Jamie Bell would be perfect!

dax exum March 22, 2011 at 10:04 pm

holy hell josh brolin would be a perfect choice even better than viggo mortenson.josh brolin could play that get to the dark tower at any cost perfectly.and wouldnt it be great to see anthony hopkins return as ted brautigan.

Stan March 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

Jeff Fahey should play Roland!

Xavier March 25, 2011 at 5:48 pm

I want to see someone acting as Blaine 😀

Or even Oy.

Jonny March 26, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I believe Javier Bardem has been offered the role for Roland. I think that is some good casting to be honest. He has the worn look, not a complete in your face A-lister and has definitely been raking in the awards in recent years, could be “his” movie.

Viggo was a good suggestion but like the “Wheel of Time” fans keep saying he has done his fantasy part and he is Aragorn just as Angelina is Lara Croft.

I believe the hardest role to fill is Jake, no decent 12 year old actors out there at the moment in my eyes, just grab one off the street I reckon, make him a star.

And on a little side note Andy Serkis as Oy lol…well

Scott Jansen March 27, 2011 at 7:02 pm

My belief is that Ron Howard should play the part of Roland himself. and have his brother play Tick Tock man.

Darrell F March 29, 2011 at 3:31 am

I think Roland will best be served by casting an unknown actor, and I believe it will be a difficult search but well worth it if the right guy is found. I also hope that Stephen King has enough influence on the final casting choices and that they don’t fall short of his expectations. However, if an “A list” actor must be cast…and an older guy (though I would prefer to see Roland cast age appropriate – young but worn) than I concur with those who are suggesting Christian Bale. Still, I hope they find the right unknown and make him a star that we will all remember as Roland. Oh, and please not Haley Joel Osment as Jake, that would suck! Probably will need to look hard for that one too.

Damon April 3, 2011 at 2:55 am

I think Viggo or Timothy Olyphant for Roland, simply because Roland rarely shows emotion an either of these two could pull that off beautifully

carol April 6, 2011 at 11:33 am

i’ve been picturing Kerry Washington as susannah since i started reading the drawing of the two

Lindsay Barber April 7, 2011 at 10:36 pm

It sounds backwards, but I think the actor who plays Jake should be an older person who looks very young. You have to think about how long it will take to shoot all of this. Jake doesn’t age that much throughout the books like the characters in the Harry Potter series do. The actor needs to already have settled into his look. You can’t have a Jake obviously maturing ten years throughout the series.

terry April 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

New faces for this Dark Tower saga just like most of the HBO shows are no name actors or have not seen in many movies and they are some of the best shows on tv. I cant see any A list actor filling the shoes of Roland, Jake or anyone in the books.

fahran34 April 26, 2011 at 6:19 pm

the way i see it is this…. these books and characters need to be brought to life, in a way that i personally want to see, done justice to.we all have images of roland and names will pop up, nobody will be 100% happy with the adaptions but as long as the tv/films stay true to the books then as an avid follower/fan/disciple,then i personally dont care who they cast.the books envoke a dream within us that needs to be brought to life, therefore i trust the directors vision.. as long as he lets king have his say… enuff said ..

richardya June 25, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Perfect Detta,Odetta,Susannah is Paula Patton

Mike June 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Well. I-myself really start thinking about all this til now, so I’ll have to add my choices as I become sure. The 1st one is in Concrete though and here it is.

Cort : Clint Eastwood (I can’t imagine anyone-else smacking the boys around like that all the time and calling them “Maggot”) Eastwood would sell the Character Perfect, not to mention that in all truth – Cort IS a Gunslinger most people must realize…

jobie June 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm

roland – Ed Harris Older, but not old. weathered.. stoic.. he could pull it off beautifully

Candace July 4, 2011 at 10:38 am

I see a few people suggesting Timothy Olyphant for Roland….nooooo….however now that his name has been mentioned, I think he would be an amazing man in black!! I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before, but he can go from drop dead sexy to creepy as hell in the blink of an eye!!

Candace July 4, 2011 at 10:45 am

Roland – Viggo OR Clive Owen
Susannah – Jada Pinkett Smith
Father Callahan – James Cromwell
Eddie – James Franco
Susan Delgado – Emma Watson or Evan Rachael Wood
Rhea – Helena Bonham Carter
Jake – if this had been done 10 years ago, it should have been Haley Joel Osment – now I cannot even fathom 🙁

Norm July 5, 2011 at 12:30 am

The only character/actor match up that I really feel strongly about is Sid Haig as Cort. He was BORN for the role.


Bill July 8, 2011 at 1:44 pm

I thought of Viggo Mortenson as Roland before I knew anybody else wanted him for the part. I think he was born to be Roland.

Eddie: Danny McBride
Susannah: Halle Berry
Cort: Tommy Lee Jones
Gasher: Daniel Day-Lewis
Tick Tock Man: Javier Boden
Maerlin: Alan Rickman
Rhea: Helena Bonham Carter

DT Cast correct July 20, 2011 at 8:45 am

Some Casting Choices

Roland-Javier Bardem/Viggo Mortensen
Eddie- Casey Affleck
Susannah- Naomi Harris
Jake-Kodi Smit Mcphee
Walter/Marten/Randall Flagg- Ed Norton
Susan Delgado- Imogen Poots
Ted Brautigan- Anthony Hopkins
Cuthbert- Robert Sheehan
Cort-Brendan Gleeson

DT Cast correct July 20, 2011 at 9:10 am

Please no more Josh Brolin suggestions. He’s good but to aggressive. Roland is outwardly exceptionally cool with an undercurrent of stong emotion. Viggo or Javier have demonstrated that in abundance. I read someone suggesting Bradley Cooper for Randall Flagg, I think thats a choice I overlooked as his grin definatley calls to mind the Dark Man. Just depends on whether he had the acting chops. Also lets hope that Hollywood keeps Daniel Day Lewis as far away from this project as possible. I mean seriously, did anyone see Nine? Also, have to remind folk that Walter/Randall and Maerlyn are all the same dude. And please, Timothy Olyphaunt? Hitman?? NOOOOOOOO…….

Paul September 5, 2011 at 11:54 pm

Susannah-no name
Eddie-Bradley Cooper
Jake- almost needs two actors from novel one to the climax of the novels
Man in black- k sutherland

Tina W November 18, 2011 at 3:12 am

Has anyone considered Kim Coates as Roland? He has everything we need in a Roland, i.e. intense blue eyes, “long, tall and ugly”, phenomenal actor. And Ryan Gosling as eddie? He’s a few years older than eddie is but that will just make the role of ex-junkie better.

fahran34 December 20, 2011 at 7:38 pm

i hope they get something in the pipe line soon

Carolyn December 23, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Sam Elliot

Carolyn December 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

Ashton Kutcher

Luke April 14, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Roland – Clint Eastwood (or Vigo or Daniel Craig)
Eddie – Ben Stiller
Suzanne – Rutina Wesley (tara from true blood, she knows how to swear)

Luke April 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

eddie – Giovanni Ribisi.
white suzanne – Anna Paquin

Bird May 3, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Dermot Mulroney should be Roland. He has cowboy experience and could resemble a young Clint Eastwood. Zoe Saldana should be Odetta/Detta/Susannah.

Josh May 11, 2012 at 6:49 pm

All I know is that Randal Flagg Should be done by Jonny Depp, the rest is undecided

dude May 13, 2012 at 6:56 pm

Ben Foster.
Russell Crowe.
Too bad Jack Palance passed on. What a great look.

dude May 13, 2012 at 7:40 pm

R. Lee Ermy as Cort.

bbcairlets May 20, 2012 at 2:01 am

I really think Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels would be an awesome Roland. I like Zoe Saldana for Suzanna because she can do the drama and action. Eddie has to be able to be smarmy and also serious, like Geoff Stults or Sam Huntington.

Fredricka Dick May 27, 2012 at 1:26 am

Trust me when I say that these three actors are perfect for the dark tower’s Roland and his ka-tet.

Roland: Josh Duhamel, its all in the eyes and he’s very tall
Susanna: Rutina Wesley, her arms are perfect and she is beautiful
Eddy Dean: Ryan Kwanten

d.b.lee June 28, 2012 at 11:34 am

Roland-has been cast and will be playd by javier bardem(so far so good) Eddie- heath ledger,…wait uhmmm Heath Ledger!,…DAMN! ok seriously im gonna go with robert pattenson. i actually think the real rob pattenson is closer in character to eddie dean than his character in twilight. Sushanna Dean-this is a touchy one for me. she is 3 people in then i thnk her chops need to be as sharp as they come. also sue is not over 30 so there goes angela basset .apologies for not knowing her name but the actress who playd calypso in pirates 2 and 3 gives me the feel of a possible sue dean and the girl from true blood also looks good for the role. Man in black-Daniel-Day-Lewis yeah.. thats right ron. he is the walking man im out for now guys back with more later.

d.b.lee June 28, 2012 at 11:48 am

roland is already cast. perfectly i might add detractors be damned he will own this role 15 minutes inWATCH believe me or not robert pattenson could do eddie. His real personality(outside of his twilight roles ) speaks to me as eddie. everyones popular pick for the man in black seems to be gary oldman but like daniel day lewis

j-j...l July 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Funny you would bring Daniel Day Lewis up… I really was hoping to see him as Roland. Old Tall and Ugly – but still able to pull off a leading man kind of look when he needs it. Also one of the finest actors of our time – imho.

defconor July 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Roland – Javier Bardem
the dark man – Micheal Fassbender
eddie – Joseph gordan levitt
Susannah – naomi harris
jake – Kodi Smit Mcphee

Mike August 7, 2012 at 1:33 am

I like the idea of Russell Crowe as Rowland. Something about Viggo just doesn’t jive….perhaps his vocal presence.
Eddie~~ Luke Evans
Susannah ~~ Zoe Saldana or even Halle Berry
Susan Delgado~~ Jennifer Lawrence
I’m sorry but Johnny depp would be better suited for tic tock man than

Konrad August 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

Roland = Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)
Eddie = Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad)
Susannah = Naomie Harris (Skyfall)
The man in black = Ralph Fiennes (In Bruges)

Mike August 12, 2012 at 11:34 pm

From Dark Knight to Dark Tower:
Christian Bale is Roland Deschain!

You can’t get much more perfect than that! It has to be so!

Jason August 14, 2012 at 1:26 pm

@roland is my father – good call on William Dafoe for the Crimson King – LOVE IT!

DPerry September 7, 2012 at 12:36 am

Roland: I always thought Jim Caviezel or Josh Brolin. He could even be played by a variety of familiar actors throughout, to keep him, sorta ‘The Man With No Face’
Steven Deschain: Sam Elliot
Crimson King: Alice Cooper!
Father Callahan: James Cromwell
Eddie: Ashton Kucher
Man in Black: John Malkovich?

Jim September 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm


Zee October 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I haven’t thought about the rest but..Casey Affleck as Eddie Dean….for sure.

aaron October 21, 2012 at 9:25 am

Timothy ollephant

conniemerie November 4, 2012 at 2:03 pm

crimson king: sean connery

conniemerie November 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Jurgen Prochnow would also be good as the crimson king

JOHNI December 17, 2012 at 11:28 am

He was great as King Kong and awesomely perfect as Gollum. Andy Serkis should play OY!!!

JOHNI December 17, 2012 at 11:42 am

Anthony Hopkins as Ted Brautigan of course
James Cromwell as Father Callahan of course

Ragnar January 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

OMG please give us Viggo as Roland. This is the most important role to fill.

nerdy March 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

no ashton kutcher, please god no, and sam elliot would make an awesome cort.

Tim June 7, 2013 at 9:08 am

@Xavier How about Hank Azaria doing those voices ?

Angela September 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Have a look at Clint Eastwoods’ son Scott. I am not sure about his acting skills, but the shot of him in Town & Country with the cigar in his mouth is how I imagine Roland looking.

Angela September 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

I also support the Timothy Ollephant choice, I can see that as well and his acting is perfect.

mrfurious January 24, 2014 at 11:20 pm

I agree with many posters that a no-name cast would be ideal artistically, but I disagree practically because I think it will take big names to get those “not in the know” into the theaters for the first movie. And the first movie, while interesting and stylish, won’t necessarily have a ton of “grabbing power”. Plus, talk about needle in a haystack for Roland.

Roland: Please NOT Russell Crowe – Hugh Laurie or Daniel Craig (Daniel Day Lewis is a given too, but I’d bet he’d be a tough get)
(I also think Clint could still pull it off, but probably a big gamble)
Eddie: Aaron Paul or James Franco (Joseph Gordon Levitt is a good suggestion too)
Susannah: Rutina Wesley (True Blood), maybe Kerry Washington
Jake: Simple – just find the next Haley Joel Osment 🙂 Seriously though, hardest casting choice – maybe someone young looking in their 20’s. Chris Colfer (Glee)? Elijah Wood could probably pull it off… but no.
Cort: If possible, Clint Eastwood; otherwise, Mickey Rourke (or Sam Elliot, if he’s not Roland’s dad)
Steven Deschain: Sam Elliot
(Someone suggested Stephen King, but that doesn’t work, because he has to play himself – unless Ron goes “meta” with it and casts someone else as Stephen King)
Susan Delgado: Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones – as a blonde)
Moses Carver: Morgan Freeman (obviously – with makeup to “old him up”)
Cuthbert: Bradley Cooper or Nathan Fillion
Alain: John Hamm

Flagg/Maerlyn/Walter: Sam Rockwell or Alan Rickman (I could also see Hugo Weaving here, or Gary Oldman – or Johnny Depp)
Jack Mort: Steve Buscemi
Enrico Salazar: Chazz Palmanteri or Andy Garcia
Jack Andolini: Joe Viterelli (no contest)
(or just draw from the cast of The Sopranos for these two)
Tick Tock Man: Matt Frewer (or, for fun, Gary Busey)

I haven’t figured out where to work Clint Howard in yet, but it’s a given. Maybe Gasher?

steve February 4, 2014 at 12:16 pm

roland – should be a nobody, 20 years ago clint eastwood would have been a no-brainer though. maybe Daniel day Lewis could work. I’m definitely not sold on Russell crowe.

Susannah – I was thinking desreta Jackson, but she might be too old now. she should have arms like Serena Williams, but I guess its not absolutely neccessary. maybe angela bassett or nia long.

eddie- certainly not joseph Gordon levitt or anyone with the last name Affleck, they are horrible. other than that I have no idea.

jake is a tough one because he is so young and by the time the movies finish he will probably be at least 5 years older. again I have no clue.

walter- Robert englund

susan Delgado- Dakota fanning

sheemie- Giovanni ribisi

crimson king- rutger hauer

edward April 27, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I see Roland being portrayed by Bradley Cooper.

Brent July 6, 2014 at 12:03 am

Morgue from AMC’s freak show is the man in black. I’m rereading series and this is who I see in my minds eye. Dennis Quaid as Roland.

Melinda stoltz August 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Would love see my son play a small part in the movie.he knows the book inside and out.big fan of king.he actually has a dark tower tatoo.its really cool

DTWhiz September 11, 2014 at 1:47 am

I haven’t seen anyone else say this yet, but how about Chandler Riggs from Walking Dead as Jake? He’s already got the serious, mature, gunslinger chops down, and he has the emotional and vulnerable side that early series Jake has as well. Also he’s only 15 right now. I agree that Zoe Saldana should play Susannah as long as she can channel the psycho Detta side properly.

MVitello February 29, 2016 at 2:38 am

Hugh Jackman would capture the character of Roland Deshain Flawlessly