Back in January, we learned that Javier Bardem was in the running to play the lead character in Ron Howard’s adaptation of The Dark Tower. Now producer Brian Grazer has come forward, on the record, to say that he wants Bardem in the role, they’re preparing a negotiation package for him, and he’s “psychologically” already attached. If that statement confuses you, here’s the full quote that he gave.
When speaking to MTV about casting the right actor for the part of Roland Deschain this past Sunday, Grazer was pretty blunt about his desire to have Bardem play the role.
Javier Bardem, that’s what we’re hoping. We’re in the process of trying to put that together. … He’s locked in psychologically. He really wants to do it, so we’re absolutely rooting for him to do it.
In other words, both parties want to work together, but they have to handle the business side of it first. When asked if they were looking at any other actors for the part of Roland, Grazer said, “We’re really just focused on Javier right now.” It sounds like they’re trying to send a message. They want Bardem and they want him bad!
The question is, do the fans want Bardem? We know there was a huge outcry for Viggo Mortensen to step into the role but he signed on for Snow White and the Huntsman and the dream went down the drain. What do you think of their decision?
Do you think Bardem is the right choice?