Do you remember yesterday when we said that Ron Howard was interested in Christian Bale as the lead in The Dark Tower? According to Deadline, that interest has shifted to another Oscar contender — Javier Bardem. The Spanish actor has officially been offered the role of the renegade gunslinger Roland Deschain.

The Dark Tower novels have been described as Stephen King’s answer to JRR Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. The story 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.

Howard will direct the film trilogy based on the material, and he’ll also produce a limited run television series that will bridge the films. Howard and Universal Pictures have offered Bardem the Deschain lead and they’re optimistic about what his response.

We like Bardem but can’t help but think that Viggo Mortensen would be a better choice for the part. Too bad he’s gearing up to play the Huntsman in the new Snow White adaptation.

Are you ready to see Bardem step into his cowboy boots again? Are you excited about the film?