Russell Crowe as the Gunslinger?

August 3, 2012

in Casting, General News

Russell Crowe

The rumor mill is churning again and this time the word is that Russell Crowe is in line to take over the role of gunslinger from Javier Bardem – this is going to cause right old ruckus among the fans. This new twist seems in part related to Warner Bros’ decision on whether or not they’ll continue their involvement with the Dark Tower movies.

From the perspective of Warner Bros however, I can see that this makes a lot of sense. Crowe is a much higher profile actor than Javier Bardem, and there’s no doubt that he has the chops and versatility to pull off a role like this. Over at Deadline, Mike believes that in the next couple of weeks the studio will be making the decision to stay or walk. If they’re keen to have him on board then the talks between Crowe, Ron Howard and producers Brian Grazer and Akiva Goldsman, will be key.

Is Russell Crowe a suitable Gunslinger?

You only have to read the comments on this blog to know how split the fans are over the choice of Javier Bardem being cast as the Gunslinger, and it’s unlikely this new announcement will help much in uniting them. We’d be hard pushed to say that Russell Crowe isn’t a damn fine actor, but if you ask me, he does seem a little more John Wayne than Clint Eastwood.

Still, I for one can think of worse decisions than to cast either Javier Bardem or Russell Crowe in the role of Roland of Gilead.

What’s Ahead?

Casting choices aside, if the information that Warner will be making their decision in the next two weeks is correct, then we have hope. If they give the green light then filming could start as early as Spring 2013.

Three films and two TV series is such a big commitment for any studio, so if Warner Bros decides to walk like Universal did, then it could be several more years before another studio steps in.

Perhaps before the month is out we’ll know if the Dark Tower movies will be released this decade or not.

(Image from IMDB of 3:10 to Yuma movie / Deadline article here.)

{ 238 comments… read them below or add one }

Aimee August 3, 2012 at 9:27 am

While I am overjoyed to hear there is progress on this project, I can’t help but shake my head in disappointment at the thought of Crowe playing our beloved Roland. If I had to make a choice between Crowe or Bardem, I would choose Bardem. While I will have to accept whoever they choose to play Roland, I do hope that the actor chosen stays true to the novels. LD&PN

John August 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm

What we need is a young Clint Eastwood..

Aimee August 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm

@John, I couldn’t agree more. I always envisioned a young Eastwood in the role of Roland.

Maestro208 August 3, 2012 at 9:11 pm

It looks like Russell has a good deal of reading to do. I hope he falls in love with the tale, Roland’s journey, and Roland’s complexity as the lead protagonist, which, in itself, is not even the best term for this unique character.

If Russell Crowe can lose enough weight, they can definitely make him look the part, and I love the guy’s acting ability. *IF* this happens, then I can stand behind this decision – all my petitioning for Daniel Day Lewis and, more recently, Michael Fassbender, be damned. 😉

BUT, I will get right back on the wagon and keep screaming for Aaron Paul to play Eddie. Total no-brainer. Come on, Warner Bros., Howard, et al.! Don’t be idiots. Get it done.

LD & PN

vamm August 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

I agree with Amiee…loooove that this project is in the works, but absolutely nauseous with the thought of Russell Crow as Roland. Just not right.

Josh Brolin or Mads Mikkelsen was a good suggestion.

Just not Russell. He has great skills for other things

waterman August 4, 2012 at 4:44 am

I think if you guys would take a look at Karl Urban his role as the main vampire in the movie Priest minus the vampire part plus any of his others he is what I think of when I imagine Roland.

Chris Schuh August 4, 2012 at 11:02 am

I think that Daniel Craig should play Roland. After watching Cowboys and Aliens, he definitely has the look, feel, stare, and acting chops to pull this character off. Of course, Cowboys and Aliens was what it was, but I am talking more about how I saw the great potential for Craig to play an amazing Roland while I watched him in that other western-style movie.

Termy August 4, 2012 at 2:30 pm

They should just cast some unknown actor with the right looks. I can’t picture any high profile actor out there at all as Roland Deschain. No one really fits the profile well enough.

vuduchild August 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I do not think Crowe is right for the part of Roland. If Bardem isn’t on-board, give me Liam Neeson and Aaron Paul as Roland and Eddie and I will be happy.

pipingdick August 4, 2012 at 7:12 pm

a young clint is what we need!!!! so how about scott eastwood? if he’s anything like clint he could make roland his own.

Stan August 5, 2012 at 7:31 am

Russell Crowe will never fill the shoes of “ole long tall and ugly”.
Still, I havn’t a good choice yet myself. Karl Urban would be the top of the out of all these. The gunslinger hat fits.

Barb August 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

There’s not a current actor I can think of who can do the role of Roland justice. Russell Crowe? No way. He’s a decent actor, but he just isn’t Roland — not even close! None of the names I’ve heard so far would work. There are a few who could have done it, but unfortunately, time got in the way and they’re all too old now.
Scott Eastwood has the look, but I don’t know about his acting ability. I did see Gran Torino but, honestly, I don’t recall his character at all!
All I know is, if they don’t stay true to the character — tall and lanky with piercing, steely grey/blue eyes — it will be a disaster.
The other thing is that, no matter how hard I try, once the movie/tv show comes out, every time I read or listen to The Dark Tower, I’ll forever see that person as Roland. That’s why I think they should cast a relative unknown. What we need here is another Vivien Leigh/Gone with the Wind moment.

Erin August 5, 2012 at 10:53 am

Crowe is more convincing than Bardem (though I love Bardem), but Viggo MortEnsen would be the best of them all…or an unknown actor. As huge an undertaking as this project is, I have a feeling that whomever plays Roland might end up in the same shoes as Mark Hamil.

Maestro208 August 5, 2012 at 11:49 am

@ Stan: I like Karl Urban, but more as a supporting actor. His acting isn’t up to par with what we really should expect from whomever plays Roland. Karl has that forced intensity that kind of typecasts him, and that alone would distract me from “believing” him as Roland Deschain.

In the previous thread, I came to this much-thought-out conclusion regarding Roland: My favorites for him so far are…

Daniel Day Lewis
Michael Fassbender
Clive Owen

All three are long-shots for various reasons (just scroll back and read the various discussions we’ve held on all of those options and more). The common denominators are: acting chops, general physical profile (blue contact lenses, weight loss, etc. can round out the rest well), and popularity. These three nail it according to my preferences, and they don’t tie viewers/movie-going fans to their previous characters, a la Viggo as “Aragorn” (which automatically nixes him as our Roland). I never considered Russell Crowe because of his high profile in Hollywood, but, as I mentioned previously, I can stand behind that decision because he’s got all we need and I know he’s so dedicated that he will BE Roland. The guy just needs a fair chance, and I understand that the production studio and marketing schemes really do need to strike a better balance with the right acting fit and marketability to casual movie-goers who’ve never read the Dark Tower series.

Thoughts?

LD & PN

Scott Turner August 5, 2012 at 12:46 pm

This may sound really strange, but has anyone thought of Jim Carrey? He can make himself look like Clint Eastwood without makeup. Put a little studio magic in it and voila..the Gunslinger Born. He has the height. Remeber, no one thought Keaton could play Batman, or that Robin Williams could play a great serial killer (One Hour Photo and Insomnia). Carrey also has name recognition and would draw a lot of curiosity to the project.

neverwell19 August 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm

OK, Scott, that is REALLY weird, but… I can see where you’re coming from. He can do really great dramatic roles like “Eternal Sunshine” Still not sure if he’d be right, but with some dark scruffle and a lot of restraint not to be silly he wouldn’t suck. lol…
Congrats on the most unlikely suggestion.

As Far as Crowe, I’m not sold, but he has the voice, and just maybe with this character, that’s the most important thing. If an actor looks the part but doesnt have the voice, then it’ll ruin the movie. I’m not 100% sold on Crowe, but I can imagine way worse… Get him the outfit, have him drop a few pounds, grow out & dye his hair, I could be ok with that.

Aimee August 5, 2012 at 4:14 pm

@Scott Turner I am sorry but if Jim Carey comes anywhere near this movie, I won’t watch it! I think Jim Carey would be horrible for any role in these films. There is no possible way Carey could ever look like Roland without serious makeup. @Maestro208 While agree that having Crowe play the role would generate interest among non DT Junkies, I still have a difficult time accepting him as the actor to play this role. However I have heard worse suggestions. I guess what it basically boils down to is that we will simply have to accept whoever they choose, and hope for the best.

Mike August 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Jim Carey…..scares me!

Sometimes though, (as commented by Tom Mud) the least expected choice turns out to be the most perfect; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Godfather#Casting

Maestro208 August 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm

LOL! Mike strikes again. Color me intrigued by Scott’s Jim Carrey casting idea. Totally out of the box because we all associate silliness with his acting, but he is legit, and he LIVES his characters (see: his Andy Kaufman role). I can actually see that, but I would not expect it.

Speaking of Jims, Jim Caviezel is worth throwing in the mix, if only because he’d be too obvious and safe a pick for Roland… which usually ends in a flop or a failure according to fan expectations. He can act, he would not need blue contacts, he’d be a very easy canvas to work with image-wise, but is he gristled/”tough” enough? There’s my hang-up with him where Crowe vastly outshines him. And Roland’s breed of toughness is very unique from what we’ve seen by all of these actors in their various action-based roles in the past – it’s very decisive, cold, efficient, and pragmatic, which is part of his allure, as well as fear and intrigue from other characters and, someday, hopefully, fans. To me, this is an important lens through which to view this casting decision. Roland has a heart deep down in his chest, and he’s got a fantastic story, but let’s face it… his actions and his can’t-miss sharpshooting are what drive the plots of his journey’s tales.

LD & PN

Tuna August 5, 2012 at 7:38 pm

All I can think of when hearing about Russel Crowe is his role in the quick and the dead. A fine western movie I would say. I can see Crowe pulling it off. As long as the movies are made, and made well I will be more than extatic!

neverwell19 August 6, 2012 at 12:46 am

Maestro, well, said, Sai! Caviezel would be quite dood, except for the “toughness” issue, that you stated well enough for me not to try to paraphrase you.

BUt of the 310 to yuma dudes, why Crowe over Bale? I’m biased, cause I’ve loved Bale since Empire Of The Sun (not so much Newsies) but a fan from day one… Crowe, has grown on me, but I’ve never liked him…. That said, I have almost a dozen Crowe filme (Mainly cause I’m a Ridley Scott fan & he didn’t do a movie for a decade without Crowe) but I could accept him.

Still, really feeling Like Josh Holloway (Sawyer from LOST) would be perfect. He’s not “Unknown” but his feature film reume is light…. What we saw of him in LOST (regardless of what some people think of that show) is as Brooding man, who speaks volumes with his eyes & facial expressions. His angry look is truly menacing, his deep grough voice would suit Roland, but he’s capable of emoting the heartbreak, despair, and occasional laughter that Roland re-discovers late in the saga. Plus, I just really wana see Sawyer dance the Commala! lol!

John August 6, 2012 at 12:09 pm

I have to agree with the “unknown factor” We need someone new and able to fill the role well. Wasn’t the guy that played harry potter chosen at random? Even though acting experience plays a major role, if they could find someone to fit the image of Roland they could mold him into the character. Wouldn’t teaching someone to act be easier and cheaper than completely changing someones look with makeup and image editing? I don’t know, just my opinion.

John August 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Excuse me not at random, but without casting

Tom August 6, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Completely agree more about Josh Halloway. Every scene he was in on Lost I couldn’t help but think he would be the perfect Roland. And the longer this movie project takes to get going the older he gets just making him fill the role even better.

Soup or Fly August 6, 2012 at 2:21 pm

What about Anson Mount, he plays in the TV series Hell on Wheels, I thought he would make a pretty good Roland, not the best though, clearly that belongs to Clint Eastwood. For Eddie, maybe a character type like Michael Weatherly plays Tony Dinozzo on NCIS, somebody like that. I like Tom Hiddleston for The Man in Black. He plays Loki in The Avengers movie.

Maestro208 August 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm

@ John: Sorry to say, but no, acting comes first. You can always put on a new dressing, especially nowadays with the magic that costume, make-up, and special effects departments can pull off, but you can either act or you can’t. No way around that, my friend. Roland requires top-notch acting skills; otherwise, this will flop and be another “Stephen King film adaptation” piece of garbage.

For example, Shaq had the look and the appeal for whatever that Shazaam movie was, and they taught him how to act on the fly. How did that work out? I know, not exactly the same circumstances, but you get the point. Acting chops first, appearances afterward. Find both from the get-go, and the job is easier, but not always necessary. Acting first, or the final result sucks, either way you dress it up.

I agree that an unknown actor would be ideal, but it’s tough to hit that jackpot, so what we’re relegated to doing on this comments forum is discuss the known actors whom we think could do a decent job, or not.

LD & PN

Aimee August 6, 2012 at 4:37 pm

@Maestro Caviezel is an option I never considered. I can see how he would make a good choice. I have only seen him in two films, the Passion and the Stoning of Soraya M. I thought his acting in both films was exceptional. I think he would be a good choice, he definitely has the acting abilities, and is definitely a better fit than Crowe.

timothy August 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead would make a good Roland.

Travis August 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

When I first heard of the possibility of the movie/tv series a couple years ago, I immediately thought Vigo Mortensen in Appaloosa.

Christine August 6, 2012 at 11:28 pm

Ok… What about Daniel Craig?

Sarah August 7, 2012 at 1:56 am

For years I have seen Angela Bassett as Odetta/ Susannah Dean. Now she is a bit older so why not go for Alicia Keys? I don’t know if she would be willing to portray the part but she acts well enough to pull it off. As for Roland, I like either Rutger Hauer or (this will certainly be criticized) Christopher Walken. Eddie Dean would be played well by Leonardo DiCaprio. Call me a nut job. But Leo certainly can play the addict routine!

Bear August 7, 2012 at 2:05 am

What ever happened to Josh Holloway playing Roland? I think I like that idea much better than Crowe. If any of you have seen LOST than you know what I mean. He has the brass to play a gunslinger, but I also think he has the capability of setting into the softer side that Roland has.

I love this series, and I would hate to see a movie that ruins all of the potential that this series has. King is one of the greatest writers of all time, I think his influence on the writing of the script will bring in big payroll actors because this is box office gold.

Eric August 7, 2012 at 9:04 am

Say no to Crowe

BaldGoat August 7, 2012 at 9:12 am

I’m with @Travis. Viggo Mortensen would be perfect as Roland.

Another good choice is Timothy Olyphant. If you haven’t watched Justified, he’s great as the gunslinging marshall born in the wrong century.

Aimee August 7, 2012 at 11:06 am

@Sarah, If you said DiCaprio a few years ago I would have said no way, but after seeing him grow as an actor, I am open to that. Over the last few months I have been leaning towards Zoe Saldana to play Susannah. After seeing her in Colombiana, I think she would be perfect for the role of Susannah.

Sarah August 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

Good thoughts! I wouldn’t mind seeing Zoe Saldana as Susannah.

Termy August 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm

Soup or Fly: of all the “known” suggestions I’ve read in here, I like yours the best when you suggested Anson Mount. Never heard of the guy before, but physically at least he is probably a closer match than most: http://img.poptower.com/pic-71447/anson-mount.jpg?d=1024

A little make-up to give him a more weather-worn look and so on and it’s not a bad idea.

Sharon August 7, 2012 at 4:37 pm

Not to throw in a monkey wrench, but what about YOUNG Roland for the entire Wizard and Glass section?

Codge August 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Rutina Wesley for Susannah. She can be sweet and down right vicious!! If you don’t know her, she’s on True Blood. Perfect age for it too. As far as Crowe goes, he always plays himself mixed with his character, HATE him as Roland. I would perfer any of the other suggestions on here. I like Josh Holloway that was a great choice. But guys like Daniel Craig, Andrew Lincoln, and Clive Owen… they just all seem too young…

Aloenam August 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Crowe, while i feel he playes a great cowboy, is not even in my top 5 to Play Roland. However in my mind he makes a way better Gunslinger than Bardom does.

Aimee August 7, 2012 at 7:06 pm

@Sharon, you bring up an excellent point. I feel silly for not thinking of that before lol 🙂 What are your thoughts? @Aloenam, Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, although I believe that Bardem would be ten times better than Crowe.

Maestro208 August 7, 2012 at 10:28 pm

@ Sharon: I’ve definitely thought about it, but I resigned to hold out on ideas regarding the casting of young Roland because he will need to closely resemble the present/older Roland. That will be a very interesting decision, whichever way it develops.

LD & PN

Nozz-a-la August 8, 2012 at 2:18 am

Who plays The Man In Black?????????????????????????? I can’t help but think they need to search HARD for some unknown talent to fill these important roles. There’s been some great suggestions, yet, I feel that the majority of the actors mentioned are too recognizable with their past accomplishments. I want actors/actresses who want to make these movies their own…

Jason August 8, 2012 at 4:50 am

These folks would all be better:

Nathan Fillion, Hugh Jackman or Christian Bale.

Dida-chick? August 8, 2012 at 5:50 am

@Sharon, there has actually been a discussion about this matter on here before. And I’m still of the same oppinion that Logan Lerman, who played William Evans in 3:10 to Yuma, could have been a kick-ass young Roland. The downside to this is that by the time they’ll get as far as to Wizard and Glass, he’ll be way too old..

LD&PN

d.b.lee August 8, 2012 at 8:57 am

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!! fu#k man , Yeh it is Crowe and he is an awesome actor But He has to much Facial recognition AS Russel Crowe. Bring the better knowns after the LEAD. Peopl Crowe is not Roland period.

Brando(n) August 8, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Ever since the final season of Heroes I’ve thought that Robert Knepper would make such a kick-ass Man In Black. He’s got such a great range with his emotions, but he does angry SO well. I could really see him being faithful to the character and making the role his own at the same time. I’d even love to see him reprise the role in The Stand movies…

I’d also like to see Ron Howard pay homage to Clint Eastwood, possibly casting him in the role of Steven Deschain. It’d be a similar to casting Keith Richards as Jack’s father in the Pirates movies, making the inspiration and the father one and the same.

And Maestro208, Aaron Paul as Eddie is genius. I’d always liked the idea of Ewan McGreggor as Eddie, but it’s an aged thought based on his earlier work and the years that’ve passed since I first read the books.

My thoughts on Roland, well, they’re difficult. I don’t believe we should adhere to the Eastwood look-a-like, this character needs to be new, not old. King used Eastwood to create a mental picture, but I always felt that that was where the similarities ended. I never really felt that Clint’s persona was anything at all like that of Roland’s. On that note, I also dislike the idea of Viggo Mortensen, as it’s just a typecasting of Aragorn in yet another movie. Crowe has the mindset, the character range, the ability to really capture the essence of Roland. I agree that he’s not visually my first choice, but really, that should be the least of your complaints.

I also thought Bardem was a damn good cast, better than Crowe without question. But shit happens, Crowe is mainstream, he’s big, he’s popular, and if he’s the difference between getting a Dark Tower trilogy and letting the project die then by all means, he’s got my vote.

Mary August 8, 2012 at 6:31 pm

You know who could pull this off? Christian Bale. Sorry, but he seems to be able to do anything. He could be gaunt, lanky and tough. Other suggestions I liked were Viggo and Michael Fassbender. Russell is too leading man type for this role, but who knows.

Callahan O' The Roads August 8, 2012 at 8:27 pm

NOT Russel Crowe, NOT Viggo, either, good actors that they are notwithstanding.
TERMY seems to have a worthwhile suggestion, Anson Mount, who I have never heard of either. (There is a link to a photo above)
I would rather see Roland and our beloved ka-tet for the first time in these movies, rather than see Aragorn or Maximus in a cowboy hat.
Say thankya, Nozz-a-la!
Only use “stars” sparingly, ones that can disappear into a role- I can see Gary Oldman as Nort the Weedeater, or Carole Kane as Rhea of the Coos.

james August 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

all for Russel Crow. After watching him as Robin Longstride i think he could handle Roland of Gilead!

Maestro208 August 9, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Now we are having some good conversations about this. 🙂 Keep the ideas and insights coming!

@ Brando(n): thank you, and I appreciate your excellent points, as well. I do believe that Crowe is a better/easier fit than Bardem, simply because of the adjustment it would take for Bardem to “be” Roland, not only in his own perspective, but also for the audience’s perspectives.

There could be a LOT worse out there, so that’s a plus….

LD & PN

BK August 9, 2012 at 9:58 pm

what about Lee Pace

scarletraven August 9, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Just wanted to jump in here with a suggestion for Roland….

Lucas Bryant from the show “Haven”. http://images.wikia.com/havenmaine/images/d/df/Lucas-bryant-2.jpg

He’s got the eyes, the build, everything! He plays a small-town cop on the show, so he knows how to handle weapons. Also, he’s got the little-known-actor part down, as his only movie role was in “The Vow”. I’m sorry, but everyone else pales compared to him. He’s the person I think of second after Clint when reading the DT books.

Alvin August 10, 2012 at 9:08 am

I love some of these suggestions but most of these are not possible. They can’t cast an actor who already has a high profile job(Andrew Lincoln, Timmothy Olymphant, Anson Mount. Karl Urban is cool but hasn’t proven deep acting talents. Josh Halloway is also cool but I can’t see it and is not known enough to get a studio behind one of the most ambitious projects ever. Nobody on this page loves Firefly more than me but Nathan Fillion is to teddy bear to play Roland Deschain. Look Russell Crowe was not on my radar but he would be a great choice for a studio to back. He can act, he can look the part, perfect age and has proven his western skills twice and he is a marketable actor. I would have like Bardem as well but I do feel like Crowe would do a better job with the right script and direction.

Eric August 10, 2012 at 11:24 am

I can’t believe how many people actually like Crowe.
His acting is one dimensional and that dimension is not overly deep.
Not to mention he can be trouble off screen. Telephone incident? Controversy surrounding his physical conditioning and attitude on the set of Robin Hood?

Crowe is only 5’10 and on screen comes off looking shorter than that even…he’s got too thick and round of a baby face. He can not pull off tall lean weathered and deeply and darkly emotionally ruined.

He has star power to his name and unfortunately that’s all it takes.

Soup or Fly August 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Alvin: why can’t they be cast if they are in a high profile role already? It happens all the time. Michael J. Fox did it when he was on family ties and filmed back to the future. Just because they have a show now doesn’t mean they will have one when this starts filming.

Maestro208 August 10, 2012 at 3:53 pm

I think Lucas Bryant looks waaay too young (and pretty, based on that head shot) for Roland. But I like the no-name aspect he’s got going on. Unfortunately, it’ll take more, imo.

LD & PN

stuart August 10, 2012 at 9:23 pm

to me to be honest being a long time wrestling fan i would say the dead man the undertaker (Mark William Calaway) should play roland hes got the look and would be a good candidate lol

Fardo August 11, 2012 at 12:41 am

I think that Tim Daly with blue contacts would make a great Roland. Check out The Outsider, he plays a wicked good gunslinger. He is also slightly linked to King works through Storm of the Century. If not him I agree with Bald Goat that Tim Olyphant would be awesome.

DaMule August 11, 2012 at 3:47 am

I think that maybe Timothy Olyphant might be able to pull off a good Roland. He’s not only got the look, but he performs great on screen. He is very adaptable and could possible nail the role.

DKinAfghan August 11, 2012 at 7:00 am

I can’t believe that I have only seen one suggestion for Timothy Olyphant. Every episode I watch of Justified I think that he would make a perfect Roland. He just fits the “long, tall, and ugly” part. He would have to wear contacts, but he is a perfect fit in my humble opinion. If he is not available, then Josh Holloway is a very close 2nd. He was my favorite character in Lost, and he has a very dynamic range which almost puts him ahead of Olyphant for me. And I always thought he had the “gunslinger” eyes.
As for Susannah, I like the Zoe Saldana suggestions. She would be great. But Rosario Dawson is who I always imagined while reading.
Eddie is tough. I always thought Jared Leto was a great choice.
And for the man in black, I think it should be an A List actor. I was thinking Kevin Spacey for numerous reasons.
I know we all have our own internal vision of each character and want to see that vision on the big screen. But that is not going to be possible. I would rather a character be cast that doesn’t fit my vision but that nails the part and makes the movies what they deserve to be. Classic. And to be perfectly honest, I would almost rather it not become a movie at all and instead become a HBO/SHO series. Both networks have been knocking it out of the park with Game of Thrones, True Blood, Dexter, etc, and it would really allow the whole story to be told without having to condense and cut to fit movie times. While I would love to see Roland on a big screen, I would be happy to settle for 5+ seasons of him on HBO. Just my humble opinion.

Barb August 11, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Maestro mentioned Jim Caviezel for Roland . . . hmmmm, that just might work! He’s a wonderful actor and he certainly has the look. And he can be “grisly” . . . did you see him in “High Crimes?”
As for Jim Carrey . . . my first thought was “NOOOOOOOOO!” Then I remembered that he actually IS an excellent dramatic actor (The Majestic, Doing Time on Maple Drive, The Number 23) and he definitely becomes whatever character he plays. Interesting . . .

Maestro208 August 11, 2012 at 3:03 pm

I think Russell Crowe is pretty great, but for this epic adaptation he is the current favorite of the producers and production company for two reasons:

1.) Acting chops. He’s got it, and I trust he can deliver Roland’s quirks as well as his violent decisiveness onscreen. That will be to some of your surprise, but he really is a good actor.

2.) Box-office draw. A no-name actor who can step in, look the part, PLAY the part convincingly, and own the role of Roland would definitely be ideal… but, aside from the odds of finding that perfect fit being a long shot, I’m sensing that the powers that be are not willing to invest all of the time, money, and energy into a huge, multi-part series of films and TV episodes just for a pet project. They need marketability, and, to them, it starts with your main protagonist being a recognizable star who can get it done.

LD & PN

A Adams August 12, 2012 at 6:07 am

Liam Neeson for Roland.

Slow Mutant August 12, 2012 at 10:08 am

I like the suggestion of Clive Owen. He’s got the looks and intensity. For young Roland…Justin Bieber. Okay, let the hate mail begin!
If Peter Jackson can stretch out The Hobbit into three movies, Dark Tower would be 21 movies, a tv series, Broadway play and internet webisodes all together.

Aimee August 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

@Slow Mutant, I do hope you were joking when you stated Justin Bieber. If he is associated in any way with this project I will personally kill him myself. He can not act, he can not sing, and he looks nothing like Roland.

Bri August 12, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I could see Crowe as Roland, but I just imagined someone more “weathered” if ya know what I mean. After watching “Person of Interest” I could go for Caviezel easily, and the more I think about it the more I want to see him do it.
While I’m throwing out suggestions, Danny Huston as the man in black, he just looks right for the job. Ryan Reynolds as Eddie would just be perfect! And I honestly can’t see anyone other than Jada Pinkett as Susannah.

vuduchild August 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

@A Adams, I’m with you. Liam Neeson has the build, the eyes, the acting chops, the ability to speak multiple languages and proved in Taken that he can play the cold-blooded, ruthless role as well as anyone. Add Aaron Paul as Eddie and the foundation for an excellent cast is set. Clint Eastwood as Father Callahan, Chloe Moretz as Susan Delgado (if this gets done before she’s too old), Halle Berry As Odetta/Detta/Susannah, James Woods as the Man in Black. That’s more than enough start power to bring the average movie-goer out. Oh yeah, Morgan Freeman as Moses Carver. BLAM!!!

Nikki August 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm

The movie has to be just like the book. Roland has to be someone you fall in love with -not an actor you already love- he also has to have those blue crisp eyes. The thought of Crowe playing the part sounds good cause he’s great at acting and making his audience feel whats happening. I think if it’s not Crowe then someone unfamiliar but perfect for the part. 🙂 So excited! I just started the series a few months ago and feel fortunate that upon me finding these books the movie is about to finally come out too 🙂

vuduchild August 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

I also agree with @DKinAfghan… I’ve always thought the best way to do this would be 26 or so 1 hour episodes on HBO or Showtime, and think Kevin Spacey would be a great Man in Black… prob even more so than who I named above. Although I think James Woods would be excellent also.

Aimee August 12, 2012 at 7:57 pm

@Bri I could see Huston playing the man in black. I personally want to see Zoe Saldana in the role of Susannah. I don’t think highly of Jada. Although Ryan Reynolds has had a few good movies, I don’t think he would be right for Eddie. I just can’t imagine him playing that part well.

@Vuduchild I absolutely love Liam Neeson, I would be happy if he was cast as Roland. I love the idea of Clint as Father Callahan. I also think it would be a great touch for the fans to have Clint somewhere in the film. I would love to see Freeman play Moses Carver, I think he would be an excellent choice.

Eric August 12, 2012 at 8:35 pm

@DKinAfghan…this has to be a movie…HBO tv series won’t cut it. As much as I kinda like Game of Thrones and other HBO style shows they still have that tv quality to them….ie not as good as theatrical film.

…and as someone mentioned Aaron Paul (barring any lack of desire to avoid potential typecasting) would make an excellent choice for Eddie.

Jason August 12, 2012 at 10:40 pm

You know, as awesome a choice as Bardem would have made, I think Crowe has what it takes to knock this out of the park.

Mike August 12, 2012 at 11:41 pm

From Dark Knight to Dark Tower:

CHRISTIAN BALE IS ROLAND DESCHAIN!

From one successful franchise into another, Warner Brothers got their star actor right under their noses! You can’t get much more perfect than that!

Mike August 12, 2012 at 11:44 pm

I like Russell Crowe, but I think Christian Bale is perfect for the role. I hope the producers see that.

match August 12, 2012 at 11:57 pm

I think Guy Pearce would be great for Roland.. an Micheal sheen for the man in black.

Aimee August 13, 2012 at 1:21 am

@Eric, I agree that they should only do films. I do not like the idea of an HBO miniseries to fill in the blanks. I think it should be made into 8-9 films depending on how they split up the books and how long the films are.

Tom August 13, 2012 at 6:18 am

I’ve got it! For the role of Eddie Dean……………………..: Corey Feldman. Think about it.

Cheyne August 14, 2012 at 4:40 am

Vigo mortenson is the man , can handle epic roles ( lord of the rings ) and commands respect in his roles when it comes to presence ( history of violence.

HoHo Johannes August 14, 2012 at 9:52 am

I say they should cast Danny DeVito as Roland! Haha….No, I did like the suggestion someone made regarding Daniel Day-Lewis, though I doubt he would sign on for it. Aaron Paul is definitely annoying enough to play Eddie. They should get Clint to play Father Callahan.

Taylor August 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

Just give me my movie already…aaaaaaaaaaaaaa

JP August 14, 2012 at 11:18 am

I’ve been thinking lately that Tom Berringer in his ‘sniper’ days may have done Roland some justice. I am not a fan of Bardem, so Crowe is a good thing from my perspective. Bardem almost seems too pretty.

Phoenix Rising August 14, 2012 at 11:21 am

What someone needs to do to make Roland look perfect is the following: have scientists make a clone hybrid of both a young Clint Eastwood and a young Stephen King, and give him great acting skills. King himself pointed out at some point that Roland was a mix of Eastwood and himself. If that cannot be achieved, find an unknown but versatile actor who looks like the two, and we’ve got our Roland. Not Russell Crowe or Javier Bardem. Neither would do. IMO.

Phoenix Rising August 14, 2012 at 11:28 am

Oh, and Aaron Paul would make a great Eddie Dean.

Adrienne August 14, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I agree with the comments on Russell Crowe (no offense, awesome guy and all) I think the perfect guy to play Roland Deschain of Gilead would be VIGGO MORTENSEN!

acgreen82 August 14, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Seriously, how is Timothy Olyphant not being considered for Roland? He IS a young Clint Eastwood! Physically he’s perfect and he’s got that quiet hardness. Watch a few episodes of Deadwood or Justified or even his small role in Rango (that I swore up and down WAS Clint Eastwood until I saw the credits) and you’ll see my point…

Josh Turner August 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I’m a lot more comfortable with Russell Crowe than I was with Javier Bardem. I think Viggo still has it in my mind, but Russell is no stranger to playing characters with the weight of the world(s) on their shoulders.

christa August 14, 2012 at 12:21 pm

What about Clint Eastwoods son?

I have mixed feelings about making a major motion picture. They should do something closer to what was done for Game of Throwns. Something this large can’t be put into a movie, or even a series. There’s too much!

Eric August 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

@HoHo Finally an idea I don’t dislike…Daniel Day Lewis…an actor who can actually act…at least it’s on the right track.

Crowe and Vigo are shallow garbage actors. They are names with no substance. Big roles in big movies doesn’t guarantee acting ability.

HorribleEyes August 14, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Someone else see’s Guy Pearce, I’m not crazy. He can do grizzled and distant, he’s both ugly AND attractive, he’s got those blue eyes, I think he could do it. But, if Crowe gets it, he gets it. It’s the pudgy factor I can’t get past. He seems to thick to be seamlessly quick.

In the previous thread I had a “worst cast list” which included Shia Lebouef(sp) as Eddie, I would like to rescind that. I’ve seen some work of his lately that makes me think he wouldn’t be the WORST choice. Still not my first, but not the worst.

I’m thinkin’
Casey Affleck-Tian Jaffords
Michelle Moynihan-Zalia Jaffords
Paul Giamatti-Eben Took
Dianne Weist-Olive Thorin
Patricia Clarkson-Cordelia Delgado

There’ll be more, I’m still picturing.

Jason August 14, 2012 at 1:22 pm

Javier Bardem! Please, please, please stay with Javier. I love Crowe but after No Country For Old Men, Javier is PERFECT for Roland. That strange enigma he brought to No Country is perfect for the character. Especially since we can’t turn back time and get a yound Clint Eastwood – Clint should play Roldan’s father. Who’s with me!?

Jimmy August 14, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Does anyone else think that Hugh Laurie would make an awesome roland? Overall I am just excited this is still being considered and hope it comes sooner than later.

HorribleEyes August 14, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Roland-Guy Pearce
Eddie-Giovanni Ribisi(although he seems to old now)
Susannah-Sophie Okenedo
Jack Mort-Phillip Seymour Hoffman
Steven King-William H. Macy(he kinda looks like King, but he can actually ACT!)
Calvin Tower-Tom Wilkinson
Aaron Deepneau-Bill Nighy
Eldred Jonas-Donald Sutherland
Roy Depape-Either Gary Oldman or Robert Carlyle I see one of them as MIB as well
Clay Reynolds-Adam Baldwin
Coral Thorin-Either Helena Bonham Carter or Tilda Swinton
Hart Thorin-Jonathan Pearce(Governor Swann from Pirates of the Carribean
Kimba Rimer-Clancy Brown
Pimli Prentiss-I think Giamatti would be better here than for Eben Took
Wayne Overholser-Rutger Hauer
Vaughn Eisenhart-Tommy Lee Jones
Ben Slightman-Michael Emerson
John Cullum-John Mahoney

I still can’t peg:
Margaret Eisenhart
Rosalita
Henchick
Elmer and Laurie Chambers
Greta Shaw
Jamie Jaffords
etc.

HoHo Johannes August 14, 2012 at 2:34 pm

@HorribleEyes– I like alot of your choices, but I can one up Eldred Jonas…..Jeff Bridges. I think you hit the nail on the head with Emerson as Slightman.

kpillar August 14, 2012 at 2:41 pm

NOOOOOOooooooo!!!!!! Not Russell Crowe!!!! Even Sam Elliott would do a better job. 🙁 Russell’s fat round face is just compatible with the hard angles and planes of Roland’s character, literally and figuratively.

HorribleEyes August 14, 2012 at 2:46 pm

Why thank you. Jeff Bridges would work good as Jonas, then Sutherland could be Henchick!
Possible Rosalita-Maria Conchita Alonso
Also, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is my 2nd Eddie choice. I’ve never seen Aaron Paul in anything, so he isn’t in my running.

Phoenix Rising August 14, 2012 at 3:27 pm

@HorribleEyes
Watch Breaking Bad. Then you’ll know why everyone casts Aaron Paul as Eddie.

kendra August 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm

Russell Crowe may be a much higher profile actor than Javier Bardem but a lot more people like Javier Bardem…Crowe hasn’t done anything big since his two major rolls in gladiator and a beautiful mind…We do need a younger Clint Eastwood! How about giving Ryan Gosling a run? He showed us his bad side in Drive. Or Gerald Butler! Both rugged but good looking Gents!

Maestro208 August 14, 2012 at 5:29 pm

I echo Phoenix’s sentiments: watch some Breaking Bad episodes, and you have a suburban junkie version of Eddie right there in Aaron Paul. I’ve been suggesting him for over a year, as well as Daniel Day Lewis as Roland (but that won’t happen unless there’s a pig out there that has somehow grown wings). Guy Pearce is interesting, but, like Clive Owen (whom I like for this role, as well), that box-office-draw component would not be strong enough, imo. It could be a lot worse than Russell Crowe, so, if he can lose weight, I’ll stand behind it and hope for the best.

LOVE the idea of Donald Sutherland, Gary Oldman, and Jeff Bridges having parts in this, too. Good ideas, and those men can play a variety of these characters. Gary as the Man in Black/Walter? Hmmmm….

LD & PN

Steve August 14, 2012 at 5:41 pm

They should offer the role to Eastwood & use computer effects effects on his face for the early novels like they did for Jeff Bridges in Tron. Then have Eastwood Playing as he looks now for book 7 as he approaches the Tower!

bolhuister August 14, 2012 at 6:45 pm

Jon Hamm for Roland. He can cover the range needed for the character, and he can definitely get the steely, gun-slinger look in his eyes.

stophculv August 14, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Has anyone seen The Proposition with Guy Pearce?
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0421238/

What about Pearce in Memento? How intense was he in that movie?

Of all the names mentioned here, I believe that he would do Roland the most justice. They just have to nail down the character of Roland – all other casting will fall into place.

Throw in a soundtrack by Nick Cave and you’ll have a movie(s) that will become as legendary as the books! 🙂

Rheana August 14, 2012 at 7:40 pm

Anyone else think that Daniel Craig would be a fantastic Roland?

j August 14, 2012 at 8:05 pm

I have been reading the comments on this site for quite some time, and many of them are outstanding dreams, if not realistic suggestions. Everyone’s visions of the characters are different, that’s the magic of books. But let’s not forget what the true objective is: get these movies/TV series made. I don’t know about all of you, but I have been checking for DT movie news nearly daily, and I desperately want to see it happen. Russell Crowe is a fantastic actor, who can handle nearly any role, this included. If Warner Bros. believes he can sell the film and will make it with him in the lead, we should embrace him as our Roland, even if you don’t think he’s the ideal selection. As fans we need to show WB, HBO, or whoever else that this ambitious project has the support to be a success and is worth making.

Possom August 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Russell Crowe will be fine – even the guy that player Sawyer on Lost would be great as long as no way no how the alien believing midget Tom Cruise doesn’t get his hands on the movie rights!!

JP August 15, 2012 at 5:58 am

I always imagined a slightly auto-tuned Kevin Spacey as the voice of Blain. There are some good ideas being thrown around. I especially like the idea of ole Donald Sutherland playing Jonas and Phillip Seymour Hoffman as jack mort!

Maestro208 August 15, 2012 at 9:39 am

@ j: Thank you for posting that. You nailed it, in my opinion. It’s pretty simple.

While we’re talking supporting cast, I also think that Philip Seymour Hoffman would be a perfect Jack Mort! I forgot about that one, but that selection would be right up there with Aaron Paul as Eddie for me.

LD & PN

Amosannette August 15, 2012 at 9:51 am

Waterman’s got it right. I’ve always pictured Karl Urban in this role. He has the look and the ability. He would be a perfect Roland. He may not be interested in another movie series though as he already plays Bones in the new Star Trek movies. Russell Crowe is a bad choice all around though. Hope they reconsider.

Will Dearborn August 15, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I don’t think anything will come of the Warner Bros option.

I am amazed that the live action route has been, and continues to be, considered. To me, The Dark Tower is begging to be told with animation. It solves so many problems and would be much more visually captivating. It would also remove the problem of hiring a Roland that fits our imaginations. An animated Roland could easily be made to look like a young Eastwood which is considered by many fans of the series to be the definitive look of Roland.

Personally, I am more keen to see The Dark Tower on screen than worry about who plays Roland. What they look like isn’t as important a who they act the part.

I still think an animated Dark Tower is the way forward.

Jennifer August 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

I can hardly wait until this series comes out – but the thought of Russell Crow playing Roland makes me want to vomit. Please please please DO NOT CAST RUSSELL CROW….

geohamm August 15, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I don’t believe a cartoon version would be the way to go, although it would be better than nothing. The actor Karl Urban seems suited enough but, a younger version of Chuck Connors would be the best fit. (if he can act).

Aimee August 15, 2012 at 8:23 pm

I think Ribisi would be good for the role of Eddie. As for seeing the films done in animation, I am not really behind that idea. While it would eliminate a lot of complications (casting) I feel as if it would really take away from the books. In the end we will simply have to accept whoever they cast. Until then all we can really do is wait and leave it in the hands of Ka.

luis August 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I’ll take crowe……before anyone things about bringing Nicholas Cage into this….

Cyndi August 15, 2012 at 11:18 pm

No way…I think Sam Elliot is the man!!!

Bparker August 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm

I think Sam Elliot is the perfect gunslinger..as I read the books, I always mentally heard and seen Sam Elliot as Roland

Tom August 16, 2012 at 8:19 am

I think Crow would be ideal. Having seen him in 3:10 to Yuma, playing a terrific stoney face cowboy I can definitely see him as Roland. I was always a bit doubtful about Bardem.

I really hope this happens!

Tim August 16, 2012 at 10:58 am

I personally would like to see unknowns for these parts as opposed to A-Listers. You have to keep in mind that the game plan for the movies and tv series is to run them together. From what I know the plan is to run the first movie into the first season of the tv series which will run into the second movie and so on. To really do this correctly they will need the same actors from the movie to play their parts in the tv series, which is very unlikely with A-List stars.

I really hope they go that way and use actors that are not well known and will transition into the tv series, I really do believe that having a big name actor in any of the parts, but especially Roland, will take away from the whole experience for me.

sl12 August 16, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Ok here’s something out of left field… what about Bruce Campbell

Binx August 16, 2012 at 6:07 pm

Christopher Heyerdahl – Man in Black

neverwell19 August 16, 2012 at 8:57 pm

Joseph Gordon Levitt as Eddie? Wow, interresting, but killer idea! Damn, he’d be damn near perfect! It’d be hilarious if Warner Bros picked up Bale as Roland & JGL for Eddie… Dark Knight to Dark Tower! lol! That would be strange but incredibly badass!

I think the only actor I’d choose over Bale would be Josh Holloway (sawyer) I’ve said it several times over the years (since JJ picked it up, I assumed that’s what he had in mind) Glad to see a few people agree.

I want some news on this flick! we go months on end with no info at all. Someone posted that King doesnt want in the movie, another posted that Roland would have the Horn of Eld…what a wonderful idea! instead of an adaptation, it’s a continuation and could follow the same path, but deviations from the books wouldn’t be non-canon!

Also, Nick cave soundtrack! genius! I think Cave or Tom Waits are the only 2 contenders for Sheb!

Bridges & Sutherland as Big Coffin Hunters would be KILLER! Tilda Swinton as Cordelia is also genius! Good calls! Other actors that I tink would inhabit that universe well,in no role prefrence would be: Gary Oldman, Rutger Hauer, Iggy Pop (yes I’m serious)… I had a few others, but I digress….

Hope we hear something soon!

todd August 17, 2012 at 1:07 am

How about Ben Affleck?

HorribleEyes August 17, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I gotta disagree about casting Josh Holloway(Sawyer from LOST)as Roland. He doesn’t have enough age to play Roland. I am a HUGE LOST fan(LOST is what led me to the DT series), so its nothing against him. He’d be a great big coffin hunter. He just seems too young, and he doesn’t really do “ugly”. That’s something Bardem, Crowe, Pearce, all can do. Ugly, yet alluring. Roland needs to possess that quality. He needs to be instantly off-putting, but slowly endearing.

Has anyone else looked into Sophie Okenedo? The more I do, the more I see Suze. I know Zoe Saldana is at the top of everyone’s lists, but she’s been in every big thing lately, of course you think of her. I like her, but she doesn’t seem right to me.

What I’m curious about are:
How are they gonna portray non-human characters like Oy, Andy, Blaine, Slow Mutants, Shardik, Lobstrosities, Vampires, Taheen, Tunnel Monster, Wolves, and most of all freaky Were-Spider baby Mordred?
And how about Thinnies, going Toadash, Roland’s drawing of the rest of the Ka-tet(including Jake’s being attacked by a house and…the whole demon bit)?
There’s gotta be a lot of CG, or fantastic puppetry(personally, I’m a big puppet fan, but you can only go so far!).
The more I think of it, the less I think it will turn out non-cheesy. But I guess I’ll see.

JP August 17, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I always pictured Willem Dafoe as Cort.

Tim August 17, 2012 at 4:55 pm

I have read all of these comments and the character I can’t believe anyone is talking about is Jake. Everyone is talking about either Roland(Which obviously is the most important character) or Eddie and other characters that we will not see until at least the second movie further along.

The most important casting for the first movie in my opinion would be Roland, Jake, the Man in Black, you would need to have Cuthbert and Alain cast for the flashbacks of Roland telling Jake about his coming of age. Those are the roles that need to be filled at this time, that is unless they shoot the movies back to back, which is a possibility if they want everyone to fit their part through 5 – 9 movies.

I see the first movie covering the first book, if you think about it the first book condenses nicely into a feature film, if I had the time I think I could throw together a half decent script.

The other way I think they could go would be the same way the comic book series went, starting in Mejis and moving up through until they catch up with the original books, The Fall of Gilead or Battle of Jericho Hill series would be awesome on the big screen.

Tim August 17, 2012 at 6:06 pm

When I wrote my last post I said that we should get some recommendations going for Jake as he will be the supporting part in the first Dark Tower movie. I however did not make a recommendation myself, this is because all the young actors I could think of were far too old now to play the part.

I got home from work today and picked up a local newspaper that had been laying folded up on the table and on the front page was CJ Adams, the kid that stars in the new movie “The Odd Life of Timothy Green”, and thought, “We have our Jake!” and then immediately came here to post my thought.

Beth August 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm

PLEASE PLEASE…. Someone look at Tom Hardy for the roll of Roland. Look at the roll he played as Heatcliff in Wuthering Heights. He is versatile enough to play the young Roland or the older Roland.

TOM HARDY IS ROLDAND!!!

Brndnhlbrk August 19, 2012 at 12:06 am

I like the idea of Hugh Laurie for Roland. That Jim Carey idea’s not horrible though. Was it Bruce Almighty that he did the Eastwood impersonation in the car mirror? I also like Anson Mount, Paul Bettany, and Andrew Lincoln.

cujo August 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Timothy Olyphant or Daniel Day Lewis would be the best for Roland. The great thing about Tim is he is at that perfect age where he could play a young or old Roland, and has the voice and look. Daniel might be a little old but the studio could take care of that for the parts where there is a young Roland. Viggo might do okay but hes already been in one epic. Javier or Russell should not play Roland. Especially Russell Crowe. Ron Howard needs to let go of his muse. He isn’t a very good actor and he never will be.

danny August 19, 2012 at 2:10 pm

So am I the only one hoping for Robert Downey junior, in my opinion he has the correct facial features and the experience to make a great Roland

neverwell19 August 19, 2012 at 3:26 pm

I totally get the Holloway not bing ugly, but do we NEED Roland to be ugly? Sure it works in the books, but almost every painting or renerring of him has portrayed him as rugged but handsome & let consider that this is Hollywood… You think they want an ugly protagonist for a film series this off the wall?

As far as Jake, I think most of us have been silent, cuz there are no decent candidates… an unknown would be adventageous in this instance, tho I care little as long as the kid’s good. Jake’s my favorite character & the heart of the Ka-Tet (if not the series)

As far as Oy, wow… I’ve had my concerns about design, but CGI really has come light years lately, so creatures (as long as the designs are acceptable and a decent enough budget allocated for FX, I’m not too worried)

I think The Gunslinger would be too short as a movie…. I’d go so far as to say take Gunslinger, Drawing & MAYBE as far as Wastelands rescuing Jake would be killer (albeit 3 hour movie) IDK how theyre gona structure it, again I’m not concerned about structure too much….

Tuwatha August 20, 2012 at 1:15 am

Could be worse…. at least it’s not K Reeve’s or Vin Diesle…

Vin August 20, 2012 at 7:04 am

Love reading these ideas – PS Hoffman as Mort is brilliant. Still torn on Roland – if it has to be Crowe, oh well..he is a good actor. I think Olyphant is too handsome. My first choice would be to let Clive Owen live in the Sahara for about a month and see what comes out. Haven’t seen much for Halle Berry as Suze, which is how I always envisioned her.

Tom August 20, 2012 at 8:12 am

Ooh, here’s an idea – how about Jamey Sheridan for The Man in Black! That way it links up nicely with the TV miniseries of The Stand!

HorribleEyes August 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm

It’s not so much “ugly” Roland needs, it’s a roughness, a weariness. He needs to seem like he’s burdened and ancient, but still fighting through life. He’s like a toy soldier who’s been played with for generations. He’s missing some parts, and he’s been broken and glued back together once or twice, but he’s still the coolest toy in the box. He is the definition of “they don’t make them like that anymore.”

Callahan O' The Roads August 20, 2012 at 8:15 pm

I was flipping through the channels, and Adrien Brody was on the screen, looking very much like the Marten Broadcloak depicted in the comics. I don’t know if he could act his way out of a paper bag, but he certainly had a look.

Maestro208 August 20, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Bad news, folks: Warner Brothers is now out.

http://www.deadline.com/2012/08/did-warner-bros-just-bypass-gold-on-the-ground-by-dropping-the-dark-tower/

By Gan, there will be water if ka wills it.

LD & PN

vuduchild August 20, 2012 at 9:27 pm

WB passed on the Dark Tower… Back to todash for us all. At least I won’t have to watch Russell Crowe butcher the role of Roland Deschain. 🙂 Hile Gunslingers!!!

Wardster August 21, 2012 at 3:01 am

Not one of my fave actors but for some reason I could see Costner playing The Gunslinger, he also has a background of playing in westerns etc, I think Crowe more suited than Bardem if one of those.

Thomas August 25, 2012 at 6:04 am

Paul Hogan as Cort. Well, whoever gets that role need to be a bad ass! Bruce Willis, maybe.
Off Topic: Has anyone heard anything about The Talisman mini-series?

MKB August 25, 2012 at 6:18 am

Ha im not sure who said earlier that they wanted to see sawyer dance a commala, does anyone else have that stuck in their head ever? its the damndest thing because its not like i’ve ever actually “heard” it

Callahan O' The Roads August 26, 2012 at 8:22 pm

@Thomas- I was actually seeing Terry O’Quinn of “Lost” as Cort.
@MKB- The commala is the Rice Dance from Wolves Of The Calla. I don’t want to put any spoilers beyond that.
Would also love to see a Talisman miniseries, because it touches on the Dark Tower in Black House (Parkus has made an acquisition, let us say…), and the Territories get mentioned as a borderland to Mid-World or In-World.

Vanessa August 28, 2012 at 6:21 am

I think Mr Crow would be a good choice but not the best choice for Roland. Keith urban would be a better choice. He has the look and persona of Roland down. Just watch the movie preist. You will see what I mean. I hope these new guys will pick this up as this could be the first of several movies that could make them and the author a lot of money.

Ben September 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm

Viggo Mortensen, timothy olyphant or josh holloway as Roland. Giovanni robisi, Joseph Gordon levitt or Garrett hedlund as Eddie. Zoe Saldana or thandie newton as Susannah. Stellen skarsgard as father Callahan. Tom hardy as the tick tock man.

Madi Hodges September 7, 2012 at 7:34 am

If Crowe plays Roland there will be a lot of people disappointed, including me and my mam. Bardem would have been better. Just putting it out there, Ian Somerhalder as the young Roland? maybe? Christian Bale – The Man in Black (I think he would be perfect for him), Anthony Hopkins/Jack Nicholson – Blaine the Mono (either one but Jack would be amazing) and Jared Leto as Eddie…I don’t know if anyone will agree on that but I think he’s fabulous for the role :L:L, I can’t seem to find anyone perfect enough for the rest cast :L:L casting this is a big task since its got to live up to fan’s expectations, Crowe was a bad move (I believe anyway)

Madi Hodges September 7, 2012 at 7:40 am

BTW I think me and my mother should be involved in the production….just to make sure you are on the right path with the film…LOL , also what do people think Naomie Harris as Susannah? as well as the rest I have suggested? =)

Madi Hodges September 7, 2012 at 8:03 am

Johnny Depp as the older Roland? he could go through make up, blue contacts, black hair grey streaks, I mean in the book they say he’s younger than he looks because of what he’s been through, I think Johnny Depp could pull it off, but its not perfect, Bardem is the best bet.

On another topic, Stephen King and Stephen Spielberg should re-do The Shining together, and I know they are doing a mini T.V. series but I think a film of the Talisman would be awesome, I know Duma Key isn’t Stephen King’s best work but I would love to see it as a film, what do you all think?

Roy September 8, 2012 at 10:46 pm

I have thought a long time as to would make a great Roland. The long and short answer Is Eric Roberts. You look at the mans face and see he has been on a journey as long as Rolands. Check out some images of him and use your imagination. He is also a great actor to boot and not so well known as to puting a “star” into the role.

Mindy September 12, 2012 at 4:11 am

IMO, Crowe would be a very poor choice to portray Roland. Very few actors could pull off Roland and have it be believed and accepted by the diehard fans. Bardem could do it, yes. I’m not a fan of Daniel Craig, but yes, I think he could do the character justice. Daniel Day Lewis could also do it. He’s a brilliant actor who is overlooked for many roles.

Someone said earlier a young Clint Eastwood was needed. Indeed, considering any Dark Tower fan knows that Roland *is* fashioned after Clint Eastwood. Ian Somerhalder could do the character much justice as could Charlie Hunnam.

Just my two cents.

MS September 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Crowe would have been my last choice for the part. Hugo Weaving…on the other hand. Put a picture of ‘young’ Eastwood next to his.

Madi Hodges September 12, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Another one would be Harrison Ford for an older Roland, just thought of this while watching Raiders Of The Lost Tomb =D maybe he would be a choice?

DAvis K. September 12, 2012 at 7:41 pm

LOOOk everybody russell crowe Gladiator, I mean come on he will be the best Roland , and Shia LaBeouf should play Eddie, dnt yet for Sussanah or jake but we all know OY will be computerized , cant wait tyo see what he looks like on the big screen!

Jeremy September 19, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Roland of Gilead should be played by either a) Daniel Craig or b) and undiscovered stud.

Stephen September 21, 2012 at 12:51 am

Ble-yuck! Russel Crowe? Now there’s a fruit that makes me toot! I vote Stephen Moyer as my No.1 pick. He’s the perfect fit. Although Daniel Craig isn’t a horrible choice.

Melissah Trenfield September 21, 2012 at 12:55 am

Of course the ultimate actor to play Roland would be Clint Eastwood, but he is too old now. I think Russell would be great or maybe Hugh Jackman. I think Halle Berry should play Susannah.

kira September 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm

i love russell for the part if, like someone above said, he slims down for the part. i picture roland as thin. but an unknown could do it too. anson mount, lead of hell on wheels, would’ve been perfect and who is he, where did he come from? (and he’s not slim, either) with ron howard directing i have confidence he will get the best person.

kendra September 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

Tom Hardy!

Lee September 25, 2012 at 12:58 pm

The only actor that could possibly come close to Stephen Kings vision of Roland would be Daniel Craig, the thought of Russell Crowe or any other of todays modern action heroes as Roland Deschain insults the integrity of one of the most intelligent sagas of the last 50 years.

Stephen September 26, 2012 at 2:15 am

I despise Crowe almost irrationally so, and it would destroy the franchise for me before it even began. We don’t need another big name actor who plays every roll, well but often generically. We need someone who actually fits the part. Who looks the part. So far the studios are batting .000 with their calls, and that said, I’m glad WB have shrunk back to the Blue Bends and their board full of bird men.

Jones September 30, 2012 at 1:06 am

I have loved this series of books for a long time and hoped and waited and waited and hoped that one day some one would have the guts to claim the glory of making a movie’s as epic as the the Dark Tower. I believe that this series of movies would be more epic than L.O.R. and that my friends is saying some thing. Why would any company want to back away from a gold mine.

jessecuster October 1, 2012 at 2:13 am

Bardem ? Crowe? miscast!!!! bring in Viggo Mortensen! why on earth would they cast a short Spanish guy or a chubby Australian for the role of an American Gunslinger?

dave October 1, 2012 at 2:22 am

I agree. Mortensen is Roland.

Landlocked October 1, 2012 at 6:22 pm

Hugh Laurie as the Gunslinger. He has the eyes, height, weathered look, build and acting chops.

Black_13 October 5, 2012 at 9:15 pm

Indeed there has been some very good casting suggestions thrown around here! Thankee sais!! Rewinding back to the original Terminator, I reckon the actor Michael Biehn would prove himself an excellent Roland. He has aged well enough now to nail the look in every way. He can carry a film through its many transitions with his outstanding narrative ability (as we all know Roland tells many tales throughout the series).

Check the link that follows and see if you agree:

http://grouchoreviews.com/interviews/332

For Cort, I might suggest Temuera Morrison (the actor who played Jango Fett in the Star Wars prequels, and much more recently, he was the original Doctore in the second season of Spartacus). He appears bang on in accordance with the novel’s description of him, and Temuera is an astounding and very versatile actor. See his lose his temper time and again in a powerful 1994 film from New Zealand called Once Were Warriors. An IDEAL Cort! Others in the running = Nick Nolte, Ron Perlman, Ed Harris. Can you tell, I love the Cort character?

Michael Imperioli, the actor who played Tony Soprano’s nephew in the HBO hit series would make a great Eddie Dean! New York accent, the filthy verbiage and slang, all big checkmarks…and, and he looks very much like Eddie. He’s still young enough too.

Can’t resist the urge to throw in some Hollywood eyecandy on the female end of the spectrum in the interest of casting reality. Therefore, in consideration of the hybrid character of Suzanna, we’d need an actress who could both be sexy and articulate, as well as the polar opposite in her ability to snap to totally unhinged and dangerous. Two names come to mind: Jada Pinkett Smith, and Zoe Seldana. Mayhaps both could really nail the role.

Jake could be played by Justin Bieber. Just so we can see him die at the waystation at least…

No real serious thought given to Jake or Oy, my bad.

Christopher Walken could be the ideal Walter.

I will give the rest of the novels into films more future casting consideration and toss some more ideas into this thread.

Cheers, and follow the beam!!

David October 18, 2012 at 10:51 am

Hi guys,

I’m just adding a new brick on the wall.

Since the first time I read The Dark Tower 6 years ago (and because Clint Eastwood is too old), I’ve always had William Fichtner as Roland in my mind.

I think everything in his person fits The Gunslinger characteristics and having seen him in different movies/series, he seems to be a pretty good actor as well.

What do you think ? Am I crazy ?

Lisa October 20, 2012 at 8:37 pm

I think Russell crow would be awful as the gunslinger. I vote for Anson Mount from AMC Hell on Wheels!!!

Michael hansen October 22, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Timothy Olyphant as Roland. He’s pretty badass in Justified

Joshua October 22, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Russell Crowe & Javiar Bardem would both make TERRIBLE choices for Roland. They are both too plump and overbearing. I can’t imagine either of them being capable of losing enough weight to play Roland.

We need a lesser known actor. Personally, I think John Hawkes would be the perfect fit – but I also agree with @timothy above that Andrew Lincoln would also be a great choice.

kira October 27, 2012 at 3:34 am

timothy oliphant would be my next choice, too. he’s the perfect physique, does mysterious very well, and has great charisma. justified is one of my favorite shows.

Eric October 27, 2012 at 10:21 am

After getting into the Walking Dead series on AMC I found myself thinking I could actually picture Andrew Lincoln as Roland…I think he can handle the scruffy tough yet vulnerable look and has a decent pensive stare.

Not suggesting he’s the best possible option but would still be worlds above Crowe.

Eric October 27, 2012 at 10:24 am

@David…Fichtner is a great character actor. I like him and maybe he could pull it off, but nobody on the production company side of things would consider giving a role like that to him. He’s been relegated to supporting cast roles for big budget films. They don’t see him as the leading man type.

Amanda October 29, 2012 at 10:36 pm

Personally,Viggo Mortenson (as he played Aragorn in Lord of the Rings) is the persona that I picture when I read The Dark Tower. The long hair and scruffy unshaved beard. The way he holds himself and pretty much every thing else about him screams gunslinger.

allana October 30, 2012 at 7:01 pm

When reading the books, I had Hugh jackman in my head, but I like the idea of mortenson!!

liam November 1, 2012 at 6:57 pm

Andrew Lincoln would be perfect- he is great in walking dead

DTjunkie November 1, 2012 at 9:04 pm

Anson Mount from Hell on Wheels would be perfect I think

conniemerie November 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm

How about Jason Statham as Roland? I can’t see either of the two suggested as Roland!

james November 4, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I’d like to see daniel day lewis play Roland.

bluerunner November 8, 2012 at 11:29 am

I agree, I don’t see Crowe when I think of Roland, I see Daniel Craig.

brian November 15, 2012 at 9:22 pm

gimme gerard butler as roland!!

Simon November 20, 2012 at 9:22 am

I’ve not seen this actor’s name bantered around yet, Jim Caviezel, same facial structure as Clint, moody, stoney, and still young enough for the pace.

Johnathon h December 5, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Crowe as roland is wrong. Im gonna throw someone out there, think about it, dennis leary. Hes tall, thin and ugly, and rugged looking and hes a darn good actor. Vote dennis leary!

Jaime Jordan December 6, 2012 at 10:11 am

Dream Cast (in my opinion)

Hugh Laurie – Roland
Ryan Reynolds – Eddie
Halle Berry – Susannah
(kids age too fast, Jake would have to be cast once green lit)
Nicolas Cage – Walter

Jaime Jordan December 6, 2012 at 12:11 pm

additional cast:
Mia – Jennifer Connelly
John McCullum – Donald Sutherland
Calvin Tower – Wayne Knight
Tick Tock – Gary Busey

Turbo December 10, 2012 at 2:21 am

Oh please not Crowe you’ll ruin the movie. I promise you that it would be such a stellar piece if you picked either Viggo mortinson or Clive Owen. Viggo really looks the part! But Clive Owen does have such piercing eyes. If he lost some weight to look more gaunt he’d do well. They have good star power if that’s what you’re looking for!!!!

Landlocked December 10, 2012 at 11:31 am

I can buy what you’re selling, Jaime. I also think Hugh Laurie would be perfect for the role. The only change I’d make is Rutina Wesley (from True Blood) as Susannah. She has that raspy psycho persona that would lend itself well to the character.

Eric December 10, 2012 at 12:45 pm

People need to think outside the mainstream generic box.
Crowe, Mortgensen, Craig, Statham??? I think these are all terrible options. Daniel Day Lewis (though good luck ever getting him to do it) is probably the best option I’ve seen thrown out so far. The guy is an amazing character actor, not a big screen generic action flick dime a dozen acting goon….we need more off the beaten path ideas.

As for Jake…all I can say is its not easy finding a good child actor and it’s extremely easy for a bad child actor to ruin a movie. He could be the toughest character of all to cast.

Frances December 23, 2012 at 3:43 am

HUGH JACKMAN! as Roland i think he is perfect!

Bob December 29, 2012 at 8:55 am

Viggo Mortensen would be the best gunslinger out of them all… GET VIGGO to star in it!!!

Bob December 29, 2012 at 9:07 am

Viggo Mortensen – Roland
Aaron Paul – Eddie
Gina Torres – Susannah
(suggestions) – Jake
Ian McShane – Man in Black/Walter

Maybe/maybe not. Let me know what you think…

Ragnar January 18, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Viggo Mortensen would be amazing as Roland. Did we not see the Lord of the Rings? There are other possibilities of course, but Viggo just has the ability to pull it off, and the right look.

I’m a big fan of Crowe, I love the movie Gladiator and Romper Stomper. I mean this guy can pull a lot of roles off. But Roland is in a impoverished world, and for that he would have to lose a lot of weight to be convincing. Viggo starred in a movie like this already…(can’t think of name).

We’ll have to see. Hopefully the movie happens.

Barbara January 26, 2013 at 12:39 am

I agree with many–when I imagined who would be Roland, I thought of Clint Eastwood–even ten years ago he might have pulled it off. Now I am a go for Viggo Mortensen. He would have the ability to have that searching look I envision Roland having. I also think he would have the ability to move from the emotional disengagement in the Gunslinger and have the ability to move toward the emotional connected-ness that is developed in his growing relationships with the Drawing of The Three and the mission they were on.

Victor January 27, 2013 at 3:30 am

I’d prefer Viggo Mortensen – he has already played the young, yet very very old, last of his line Aragorn, and he has the blue eyes.
Or perhaps Daniel Craig – brilliant and again the eyes.

Ant January 27, 2013 at 4:27 pm

Hugh Jackman is a young Clint Eastwood type, I believe jackman could pull it off

Lisa February 4, 2013 at 5:30 pm

Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) is my first and only choice to play Roland.

keller February 9, 2013 at 3:56 pm

NO NO NO NO NO NO NO NO!!!! Russel Crowe is an amazing actor but not for the gunslinger. It will pain me to see him as the gunslinger. The gunslinger is as tough as it gets but he’s no beefcake. As for Javier Bardem…no thank you. This may be crazy talk but I think Andrew Lincoln should be considered. They need a lesser known actor that the masses are less attached to. When I look at Russel Crowe I see a gladiator and a schizophrenic mathematician. I don’t want to be distracted by his other roles as I watch this film production. This movie will not need big names dropped in them to make them sell which feels exactly what they are trying to do, instead of trying to find the perfect actor.

keller February 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

@Erin: My sentiments exactly

Ruth February 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

I like Kerry Washington as Sussanah Dean for important reasons. She looks good to be a gunslinger and she is on the age. Washington has the look too. She looks like Sussana from images of the character all over the internet.

Josh Hartnett as Eddie Dean could be perfect, he is charming and he could be beliveable as a younger brother. I don’t know why but Hartnett seems have played Eddie Dean in other movies already.

Roland could be Eric Bana or a thinner version of Clive Owen. Non of them reminds me of Roland from the comic, though.

Amanda Seyfried was born to be Susan Delgado. She looks like the character we can see in comic books a lot. If she is Susan Delgado, a very very very old version of Jodie Foster could be Rhea of the Cöos, jajajaja.

Nicholas Cage or Kiefer Sutherland could be The Man in Black or Jack Mort.

Well, in spite of I love this kind of forum to say my opinion as a fan of the novels and comic series, I think the person you must to ask for a possible cast for the Dark Tower Movies is Joe Hill, Stephen King’s son. He is a genius.

Lorne February 12, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Timothy Olyphant as Roland.

jvblack February 13, 2013 at 5:19 am

I think that if were possible the best choice for Roland would be Daniel Day lewis, but doubt he woul go for it. I like Gerard Butler. He’s 6 foot 2 or 3, has piercing light blue eyes , can look gruf and masculine , and is a good actor. All needs is to lose a few pounds. I ‘d take him over crow any day .

chris February 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

I personally think that Andrew Lincoln should play the part of Roland. If you don’t think so, watch season 2 episode 16-20. the one where rick and glen go find Hershel and they end up killing those Philadelphians.

Ruth March 19, 2013 at 11:25 pm

I know who can be the perfect Roland, and I know nobody can say this actor can’t play the characters, cause he is for so may reasons the appropiate man for the role.

When I was a girl he was the second most famous guy of his family and my friends and I used to talk about his brother a lot of times. He has the look and the name… of this actor is: Joaquin Phoenix!

April 2112 March 21, 2013 at 6:19 pm

Please not Russell Crowe, it was bad enough when they were thinking Bardem but Crowe is an even worse fit for this role. I am telling you it has to be Thomas Jane, that cleft chin and ice blue eyes are the epitome of a young Clint Eastwood AKA The Gunslinger.

cistar March 25, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Michael Fassbender as Roland, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Eddie, Zoe Saldana as Susannah, for bad guys, Javier Bardem as Randall Flagg, Tom Wlaschiha-game of thrones assasin as the man in black (1st book, the sorcerer)

TowerFan April 8, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Anson Mount (Hell on Wheels) it seems to me would be the perfect Roland. I also agree with Aaron Paul.

James May 11, 2013 at 1:39 am

I don’t think either Russel or Javier are right for Roland. Reading the books through the years I’ve always thought of Clint Eastwood in my mind. He’s in his 80’s now so that’s not going to happen. So my choice would be none other than Timothy Olyphant, Raylon Givens himself. He is the embodiment of a young Clint Eastwood. If you doubt me, check out Justified.

Larry May 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

I agree with james about timothy olyphant he would make a great roland but if you get a chance check out andrew lincoln from the walking dead he would make an awesome roland

Keef June 4, 2013 at 12:18 pm

If not Viggio Mortensen then Ryan Gosling (dye his hair dark of course) he has that quiet strangeness,that thousand mile stare, been somewhere and seen some things. He’s a killer,a gunslinger

Keef June 4, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Ryan Gosling,Joseph Gordon Levitt,Jada Pinkett Smith, and don’t laugh but before he gets to old Justin Bieber. Billy Bumbler computer generated.

Keef June 6, 2013 at 11:14 am

Maybe Taraji P Henson instead of Jada,Crowe would have to loose a lot of weight.

JRT June 9, 2013 at 5:33 am

There is ONE actor on this planet, who can play ROLAND:
Karl Urban

sandi June 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

please……not Russell Crowe….I don’t care how much of a money maker he is, I can’t stand looking @ him. He does not fit the description of Roland. I’m thinking slim build, craggy but handsome face, I’m thinking Anson Mount. He does a great job in “Hell on Wheels”, very believable and very easy on the eyes. And there are a few others that would fit the bill. Sometimes, an actor that is not in your face abd in the tabloids all the time makes the character more real.

sandi June 19, 2013 at 5:21 pm

A couple of more suggestions for the part of Roland: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Resembles Javier Bardem, but better looking. check him out on “Magic City”. I feel he nails the part he has in that show. and I also like Christian Bale. But, the part Anson Mount plays in “Hell on Wheels” , His physical presence is awesome and his dark , moody ,& sinister @ times attitude is perfect for the part of Roland. He can be very intense. he could nail it. Give him a reading.

nikki c August 25, 2013 at 3:09 am

NOT!!! RUSSELL CROW NOT!!! YOUNG ENOUGH
NEED A YOUNG SAM ELLOTT

Bob August 28, 2013 at 12:51 pm

I could get behind Viggo Mortensen as Roland, but I think if Jason Statham could lose the accent, that would work too. I’d love to see Halle Berry as Susanah, I know most people will say she’s not young enough, but Halle doesn’t look her age and she’s fine as hell! Haven’t thought much about Jake, but for Eddie, I always pictured him as a young Mickey Rourke. Mickey’s way too old now though. Does any one know if he has a son about that age?

MattP September 20, 2013 at 11:09 am

The search is over – Timothy Olyphant. Enough said. I don’t think any other actor can pull off the tall, lanky, swagger of Roland like Olyphant.

billd September 22, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I always pictured Lance Henrickson.

MattP September 26, 2013 at 11:28 am

Lance is waaaayyyyy too old.

Mike November 21, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Neither Russel Crowe or Javier Bardem are good choices for Roland – not even close. Roland must look thin, starving & haunted. Roland is not a healthy person – especially mentally. He is half insane because he is cursed forever and he does not even know it until the very end of the story. Neither of these two actors can pull that look and mind set off. As Clint Eastwood (my first choice) is out of the picture they should consider Zachery Quinto (a little make up would age him a couple of years) or Guy Pierce. Both great actors who could pull this very tough role off. Roland must be tall, thin, haunted and half crazed but capable of compassion. Anyone else that did not fit that description would ruin the part.

kira November 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm

all good points, so i still think Timothy Oliphant would be the best actor for this role. neither Zachary or Guy have shown that compassion you speak of in any of their roles. Timothy is tall, thin, haunted, half-crazed and compassionate in his present long-standing TV role on Justified.

Becky December 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Norman Reedus would be a perfect Roland. What say you?

Althea December 6, 2013 at 5:50 am

Roland is old, tired and crused – and many times he´s called as “ugly”…. I could imagine Sean Bean! And btw should have blue sniper´s eyes!

TangoVirtud January 2, 2014 at 3:13 am

Viggo is a perfect match in my opinion. Bale and Caviezel lack a lot of energy to fit the role. It’s not a matter of strength but sth to do with the power you feel emanating from sb. Viggo is powerful, even playing the coffee maker or the questioned husband and cold killer in “A history of violence”, is someone that grabs your attention, a strong, cold, moving leader.
About Jim Carrey, come on, guys. He might fit the terrifying thing that almost kills Roland by making him laugh. And I said might.

Bo January 16, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Has anybody ever considered Timothy Olyphant (a.k.a. the lead for the show ‘Justified’)? He’s a young Eastwood type. He has some grit, but maybe not the versatility to pull off Roland. But, in my opinion, he is still a better choice than Crowe or Bardem, in spite of his low-profile and lack of experience or versatility.

Carol January 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Why has no one ever thought of Hugh Jackman as Roland!He would be much better than Crowe!Crowe just doesn’t fit the profile.I have always pictured Hugh Jackman as Roland Deshain!Mortenson would work,but not Crowe!I hope they stick to the books!

tim February 20, 2014 at 6:40 pm

this is coming outta left field maybe ,but what about alexander Skarsgard to play Roland? he has the height ,the intensity, would just have to dye his hair dark.

kathy May 13, 2014 at 11:01 pm

I don’t think most people need to remember that Roland was not hispanic. I think the best person for Roland is Timothy Olyphant. He is doing really well in Justified and did excellent in Deadwood. All they need to do is age him a little. He is tall, lanky; they same way Stephen King described him.

john July 11, 2014 at 2:46 am

Viggo Mortensen has always been and will always be Roland. I imagined him the entire time I read the books, and saw him come to life when I watched The Road. Anyone else would be a shadow of Viggo.

JC July 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

For the love of God! PLEASE, not Russel Crow. Good actor, but, not for The Dark Tower. He look’s nothing like the description of Deschain. Clint Eastwood, at about 50 or so, would be the perfect model. Christian Bale, Viggo Mortensen, or Daniel Day Lewis, in that order.

Melinda stoltz August 30, 2014 at 11:21 am

I think my son chris daley should play the gunslinger.he has a dark tower tatoo and knows the books so well.

Philip September 26, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I am not sure what direction anyone is going in on casting Roland, but if you looked at the concept art in the books, I believe there are better choices than Russell Crowe. Anson Mount, from Hell on Wheels, fits the bill. Also, as an alternative, Lucas Bryant of Haven also looks the part. They are both descent actors. Unfortunately, being a feature field, Hollywood with go with an A-lister to sell it.

Philip September 26, 2014 at 2:32 pm

edit last comment… Both are decent actors, and it should read feature film…. sorry.

jeremy November 6, 2014 at 11:26 pm

Simple clint eastwood…period..today..has the legacy and the look and the only man who can give the icy stare from the books…the presence is all he needs to bring roland alive on the screen…evey other actor is second best nuff said..

g-force December 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

What about some folks from the walking dead?
Roland = Andrew Lincoln
Jake = Chandler Riggs
Susanna = Danai Gurira
Eddie = pretty hard to go past Aaron Paul

Might save a bit of cash to get Weta involved…

Mike December 20, 2014 at 10:51 am

Crowe is not the guy for Roland and for more reasons than he just dosnt look the part. If I could choose anyone it would be Andrew Lincoln (Rick from the walking dead) he looks the part, is a amazing actor and has experience bringing a character from writing to life

Shane January 11, 2015 at 6:16 pm

I really don’t think Crow is the answer for the part as Roland and with comments for a younger Clint Eastward well maybe his son will do the job Kyle Eastward looks just like his old man and just maybe able to act given half the chance.

Christina April 26, 2015 at 11:26 am

Sam Elliott is the only person I could ever see playing the role of Roland. He has the perfect attitude and bearing for the part.

James May 22, 2015 at 11:32 pm

I’m just finding this site so this comment is a little belated…
Viggo Mortensen looks more like Roland, to me. Just does. If Russell Crowe loses a lot of weight, maybe… my bet is for Viggo. Think about it.

Shari August 30, 2015 at 6:44 pm

I think Jeffrey Dean Morgan would make an excellent Roland!
Russel Crow just isn’t right……

Jared September 3, 2015 at 3:46 pm

For the role as Roland I think Josh Brolin would be a perfect role of the gunslinger in seeing previous films he was in. I’ve seen how Roland looks in pictures of the Dark Tower books I have been reading and he looks very similar and some of the books are so long they should have running time of 3-4 hours!!!

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