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Javier Bardem offered lead role in The Dark Tower

Deadline is reporting that Javier Bardem has been offered the lead role in Ron Howard’s trilogy/TV series adaptation of Stephen King’s 7-novel series The Dark Tower:

While formal negotiations haven’t yet begun, there’s a high level of enthusiasm internally that they’ve got their cowboy. Akiva Goldsman has scripted the first movie, and will write the TV component as well.

Howard plans at this point to direct the initial film as well as the TV component that will create a bridge to the second feature. The plan calls for the original actors to headline the TV version as well. The second film will pick up where the first left off. That would be followed by a TV installment that would be a prequel that introduces Deschain as a young man. The third film brings back the original cast once again return and complete the screen trilogy. So if Bardem closes a deal, he’ll likely appear in all three films and that first TV stint. Imagine’s Erica Huggins will be executive producer with Kerry Foster of Weed Road. Bardem’s repped by WME.