An interesting rumor has just hit the internet that says Christian Bale is at the top of the list to play Roland Deschain in the Ron Howard directed adaptation of Steven King's The Dark Tower series. Apparently he's pulled ahead of both Javier Bardem and Viggo Mortensen who have also been revealed as possibilities. The source also reveals that Dexter star Jennifer Carpenter is rising on the short list of actresses for the role of Susannah, as is French/Moroccan Ghita Tazi.
I've got no problems at all with Bale taking on the role of Deschain. In fact, I think he would be great! He did a fantastic job taking on the lead role in the most recent remake of the western 3:10 to Yuma. That shows he's got the look of a badass cowboy. There is no confirmation of this yet so lets treat it as a rumor for now, a rumor I wouldn't mind actually seeing become a reality.
As previously reported, the plan is to start everything off with a feature film, from there they will create a bridge to the second feature with a full season of TV episodes! We will then see the second film hit the big screen, and after the sequel is released we will see another season of The Dark Tower on TV. This season will focus on Deschain as a young gunslinger. The storylines will be taken from the prequel comic book series that King was heavily involved with. Then we will get the third and final film which will pick up with a mature Deshain as he completes his journey.
What do you all think about the possibility of Bale taking on the lead role of this massive film series?