Back in January we reported Javier Bardem was being sought to play Roland Deschain in the film trilogy and TV adaptation of Steven King’s Dark Tower series. Now Deadline says Bardem’s reps are closing the deal, and director Ron Howard is certain enough of the casting that he’s begun setting up meetings with actors for the other roles around Bardem.
It’s a complex deal, almost unprecedented, because it calls for Bardem to star in the feature film and the TV component. His deal will also include options for two sequels (the TV program that runs between the second and third films will be a prequel). I’m told it will add up to a career-best payday for Bardem. [Deadline via ThePlaylist]
Production on the first film is set to begin this September. If you think of Bardem as only a film star and have trepidations about him staring in a TV series, don’t worry. After all, he’s already played Superman on TV show “La Tele De Tu Vida”. Ja ja ja.