‘Breaking Bad’ Star Aaron Paul Approached for ‘The Dark Tower’

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The Dark Tower book series is considered Stephen King’s fantasy magnum opus, so it’s no wonder that a film adaptation has been on the table for years now. Problem is, Oscar-winner Ron Howard (long attached to direct and/or produce the project) hasn’t been content to adapt King’s literature into either a Game of Thrones-style epic TV series or a big-budget movie trilogy; he and writer/producer Akiva Goldsman (Winter’s Tale) have wanted to make both, which explains why both Universal and Warner Bros. have balked at the proposed multi-platform endeavor in the past.

Despite issues getting the necessary funding for the proposed Dark Tower cross-platform venture, Howard and producer Brian Grazer have always maintained that the project was never been dead in the water - just (much) slower than expected to make its way down the pipeline into production. In the meantime, it would appear that the filmmakers have been meeting with potential cast members, including one rising star who threw his hat in the ring a while back.

AICN caught up Aaron Paul at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, where the actor is promoting his new film Hellion by writer/director Kat Candler, having previously visited the Utah-held festival in 2012 to promote the alcoholism drama Smashed (which he co-headlined). The site’s contributor “Quint” eventually turned his conversation with Paul to Dark Tower, in part because the actor has previously revealed on Twitter – back in Fall 2012 – that he’d like to play the character Eddie Dean in the movie/TV adaptation.

Well, fans aren’t the only ones who like the idea, according to Paul:

“I’ve had a ton of meetings on that. I just had a general sit down with Ron Howard, who is a huge fan of the show (Breaking Bad, naturally), which is such a crazy thing to even think that Ron Howard even knows who I am. They’re definitely planning on making [The Dark Tower].”

Paul also re-iterated that Howard and Co.’s plan remains to make a Dark Tower movie trilogy that has “a television element to it,” as was originally proposed. One possibility (and this is pure speculation) is that the TV “element” might be a spinoff series revolving around side characters who’re tangentially related to the main Dark Tower narrative; in other words, a show that is to the trilogy what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is to the Marvel Studios’ film universe, story-wise.

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Eddie Dean in Dark Tower, for those unfamiliar, is an ex-heroin addict whose raw talent for gunslinging is shaped by protagonist Roland Deschain – a grizzled warrior and last in the line of gunslingers, who’s on a quest to locate the fabled Dark Tower. Drug problems aren’t the only thing that Eddie shares in common with Paul’s Breaking Bad onscreen persona, Jesse Pinkman; the pair also have troubled pasts and share certain personality traits in common, which is why Paul has long been viewed as a natural fit for the Dean character.

Typecasting concerns aside, Paul reads as a smart choice for reasons that go beyond his compelling screen presence; he’s also looking to further breakout bad (sorry, could resist) in Hollywood soon, with his leading role in the Need for Speed movie this March and supporting turn in Ridley Scott’s Exodus later this year.

Combined, Paul’s current star wattage with that of proposed headliner Russell Crowe as Roland Deschain may not be enough to get Dark Tower green-lit right off the bat, but it would at least help to move the project another step forward. Moreover, with Hollywood’s newfound love affair with building shared universes – whether they are home to superheroes, old-fashioned monsters or citizens of a galaxy far, far away – in full bloom, it seems “now” might be Dark Tower‘s time at last.

Do you like the idea of Aaron Paul playing Eddie Dean in The Dark Tower? What are your thoughts and feelings about the multi-platform approach in general? Let us know what you think in the comments section!


We’ll keep you updated on The Dark Tower‘s status as more information is made available.

Source: AICN

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  1. For me and i guess for many, clint in his 50′s would have been what everyone pictures in their mind when thinking of Roland. I watched a film earlier today. There was an actor which to me wouldnt be far off the mark as Roland. Michael Shannon. He’s not to mainstream, but alot of people will remember him from boardwalk empire.


  3. michael fassbender – roland
    javier bardem – marten
    yaya dacosta- susannah (
    ezra miller -eddie dean (ruthless intelligence and charismatic enough to pull off)

  4. Only Clint Eastwood is Roland. Please don’t take an effeminate actor. It is necessary to smell that he lived, that he is hard and merciless, with an engraved face, used by elements. I do not see which actor could embody all this.

  5. Eddie should be played by james franco in my opinion. And robert downey jr. for his older brother ^^
    Obviosly clit would have been an awesome roland. But hes way to old now. (And his sons to young) Or terence hill like in the old django movie.
    But i kind of think mads mikkelsen could pull of roland great to.

  6. Aaron Paul would be considerably great for this role pending the star who plays Roland. I’ve read all seven books and josh Brolin has all the capabilities for on screen magic this film requires. As much as you need a bad ass for the role, he also needs to be smart and a one of a kind storyteller. One hand washes the other, and who they should be really worried about is who plays Detta/Odetta the schizophrenic paraplegic

    • I have heard that there is an eighth book out now

  7. NO. NO. NO. Russell Crowe, no. Christian Bale would be a natural choice at playing Roland. Duh!

  8. I’ll say it again…If they don’t cast Joel McHale as Roland they are fools. Every time I see him my mind transposes Clint and Roland’s face over his. It’s eerie. I’ve been thinking about this for years and you couldn’t sell me on anyone else besides Clint and a time machine. It’s a slam dunk in my mind.
    Aaron Paul? I could buy that. Why not?

  9. Further arguments: If Joel McHale isn’t Clint’s bastard son I’ll eat my hat. He IS a young Clint. Just look at him. And those eyes. He moves with grace and confidence. He probably towers a foot over most of the other suggestions here as well. Every time I watch an episode of Community I get distracted by this whenever he is on screen. It’s like he was born for it. Again, no brainer…start filming already.