About an hour ago the NY Post ran a story that Christian Bale has pulled ahead of Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen as Ron Howard and Stephen King’s choice for The Dark Tower main character, gunslinger Roland Deschain. Apparently they forgot to “check their sources.”
Deadline is now reporting that Bardem – who won an Oscar as the assassin in No Country For Old Men – has officially been offered the lead role by director Ron Howard and Universal Pictures.
Akiva Goldsman has scripted the first movie (due in theaters May 17, 2013), and will write the TV component as well.
There’s no mention of the NY Post’s rumor of the potential casting of “Dexter” star Jennifer Carpenter (also seen in Quarantine and The Exorcism of Emily Rose) or French/Moroccan Ghita Tazi for the role of Susannah, although I’d be hard pressed to believe anything in their old post.