Ron Howard has his hands full with the upcoming film and television adaptations of The Dark Tower. The novels have been described as Stephen King’s answer to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. For such an epic story, we need an epic actor in the lead, and who better than Oscar nominee Christian Bale?

According to a report over on the New York Post, Howard is interested in casting Bale as the story’s protagonist Roland Deschain. The book follows Deschain, who’s the last of his kind, as he wanders across dimensions and other worlds on an endless quest to find the Dark Tower, a fabled building said to be a nexus between worlds.

We could see Bale getting down with this lone ranger type of character but we’re not sure if he would be willing to get involved with both the films and the TV shows. But then again, maybe he is in the market for his next big project. After he wraps production on The Dark Knight Rises, he’ll be free to take on another coveted hero.

We also should mention that “Dexter” star Jennifer Carpenter has also been listed as a possible contender for a role in The Dark Tower as well.

Do you think Bale would make a good Roland? Who else could play the part?